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Door panel scratches...


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I didn't find anything on this, but wasn't sure how to classify it to search:

a tool shelf in my garage fell into my driver door on my '99 996 resulting in some pretty deep grooves. Anybody have any ideas on how to inexpensively fix of make these less noticeable?

Thanks!

Tony

'99 911 996 coupe

'06 Cayenne S

'87ish 944s racecar

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a tool shelf in my garage fell into my driver door on my '99 996 resulting in some pretty deep grooves. Anybody have any ideas on how to inexpensively fix of make these less noticeable?

Thanks!

Tony

'99 911 996 coupe

'06 Cayenne S

'87ish 944s racecar

Pardon me for pointing out your use of an oxymoron: inexpensive and Porsche in the same sentence.

Best bet is to take it to a detail shop, last option before the body shop.

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T:

Not sure this will help, but it certainly fits the category of inexpensive fixes: Check in 996 DIY and you will find a post entitled, "Dent repair with dry ice".

I haven't tried it. If this ends up being helpful to you let me know.

Good luck.

Dave

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T:

Not sure this will help, but it certainly fits the category of inexpensive fixes: Check in 996 DIY and you will find a post entitled, "Dent repair with dry ice".

I haven't tried it. If this ends up being helpful to you let me know.

Good luck.

Dave

It should work... Liquid nitrogen is used to pop out hail dings in airplanes. Supercool the dent and the metal shrinks...pop goes the dent. It is really cool to watch.

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  • 2 weeks later...

I've tried the dry ice on a door ding. It helped a little, but I still have the ding. I'm going to try a paintless dent repair service next (e.g., Dent Wizard). These services apparently massage the dents out with "spoons" and other mechanical devices for about $100 a panel. They can supposedly get creases out as well. Then, since the dent repair services apparently don't work on the scratched paint, I also researched a number of DIY products that will help with the scratches, such as drcolorchip.com and Meguiar's ScratchX. I've applied the Dr. Colorchip's product and it seems to help match the paint, but I need to apply it a few more times to see if it will fill in the chipped area. I'm going to use the ScratchX afterwards to see if that completely levels the Dr. Colorchip "paint". Hope this helps!

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