Door dings can be relatively easy to fix, depending on the size and severity of the dent and the chosen repair method. Here are the different scenarios:
Small and Minor Dents: Small and shallow door dings, such as those caused by a shopping cart or a soft impact, can often be repaired using paintless dent repair (PDR). PDR is a non-invasive method where technicians use specialized tools to carefully massage the dent from behind the panel, restoring it to its original shape. PDR is typically quicker and more cost-effective than traditional dent repair.
Medium-Sized Dents: Medium-sized dents may still be eligible for PDR, but the difficulty and success of the repair depend on factors like the dent’s location and accessibility. Some medium-sized dents might require traditional dent repair and repainting, which could involve more time and cost.
Large and Severe Dents: Larger and more severe door dings with deep creases or stretched metal may be challenging to fix using PDR alone. In such cases, traditional dent repair with repainting may be necessary, which involves filling, sanding, and repainting the affected area.
DIY Repair: For very minor door dings, some car owners may attempt to fix the dents themselves using DIY PDR kits. These kits can work for very small and shallow dents, but they require the right tools and technique. DIY repairs are not recommended for larger or more complex dents, as they could potentially cause more damage if not done correctly.