A Door Ding is a dent that occurs when a door strikes the side panel of another vehicle, while both are parked side by side. The dent often has impact scratches on it, as the door is moving when it comes into contact with the painted metal surface of the other vehicle’s panel. The dent appears to be round, but is often egg shaped, as it was created in a swinging motion. One end of the dent will be shallow, the initial contact, and the other end will be deeper at the stopping point of impact.
The first step in the removal of a door ding is to polish all impact scratching out of the dent, so a clear view of the painted surface can be seen for massaging out the dent. The technician must determine the best tool for the job, and make sure there is sufficient clearance between the glass and door skin to use that tool.
Access to get to the backside of the dent is done through the window opening. This is the area between the window glass and the door skin, the molding at the bottom of the door window opening called the Belt Molding is removed, to allow for tool access. A protective sleeve is put on the door glass to prevent any scratching from the PDR tool.
Using a special light that reflects off the vehicle’s painted surface, the technician can determine the dent shape. Starting with our massaging process, were little pushes are made that moves a small portion of metal at a time, the technician begins in the center of the dent. The massaging process is used over the entire diameter of the dent, until the metal has returned to its original position on the panel. A second polishing may be required to remove any remaining evidence of impact scratching.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, a door ding can be repaired with Paintless Dent Repair depending on the severity, size, depth and if the metal has creased or twisted. Door dings tend to take more of an egg shape as they are caused by a swinging door and can be more complex than a regular dent to repair.
It depends if your paint has been chipped in the process or not. In most cases, paint has just transferred from another vehicle’s door onto yours. We polish the area to be repaired before we begin in order to remove any external paint or residue and ensure we deliver a good quality repair.
No, we put a protective sleeve over the glass to ensure that it is not damaged during the repair process. We make sure to take care with our customers vehicles and ensure a good quality repair every time.
It depends on the vehicle. Fenders and quarter panels are usually accessed from where the headlights or taillights are mounted to the vehicle. Some vehicles require us to disassemble more of the door than others. Generally speaking, the majority of door dings are able to be repaired with Paintless Dent Repair.
This depends on the severity of the dent itself, but in most cases, yes. We are able to massage out crease dents in the door skin from behind through the window opening. In rare occasions we may need to remove the door panel or even the door to get the right access to the dent.