Had several panels on my car straighten today. Here's what I found.
- it really works (ok, so I was skeptical)
- you can, with a good operator, expect that you can restore a door to more or less "factory" appearence.
- there are going to some "dings" that can't be reached without drilling an access hole. You need to be ready to make the call on this or give the tech instructions in advance. I chose no holes.
- my guy was able to remove traditional "door dings" and more subtle "waves" in the door (something not quite a ding).
- if you have had any bodywork done on the car (ie filler used), don't try to do ding repair in those spots.
- as others suggested, hoods pose special problems due the the braces and ribs in the structure. Basically, if you can't get behind the dent, they can't work it out.
I used an independent tech not affiliated with a chain. I found him quite flexible on what we did and the price he charged. I did check local references before I decided to go ahead with this particular tech. He had excellent refs and several years of experience.
For $200, he straighted two doors with multiple dings, made a good effort to work out a "baseball hit" type dent in the rib line on the hood (moved it a bit but couldn't get the angle needed to get it out due to ribbing), and took out another dent in the front fender. Probably could have got it done a little cheaper if I'd pushed the guy but he was nice and did a quality job. I felt he earned the money and didn't feel bad at all about the price.
All in all, I was impressed and my bimmer looks great!! Money well spent...now I just have train the girlfriend to park the car in the north 40.
90 535iM Sharked and Straight. :)