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Old 25th June 2014, 00:38   #1
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While looking for an economical way to repair a dent on my Skoda Laura I came across a Paintless Dent Removal Service offered by Mr. Sudhir Gaikwad.

Positives:
- Honest assessment and estimate
- Punctual and professional work
- Door step service (work done at customer premises)
- Economical
- Minimum wastage (very high chances of original paint remaining intact)

Negatives:
- Effectiveness may vary depending upon size and position of the dent
- May not achieve 100% original finish
- Need access to electric supply (standard 5A socket)

Here are the contact details:
Paintless Dent Removal - Sudhir Gaikwad (Pune)-cam00109.jpg


Here is a link that led to my experience with him (which is quoted below):
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/techni...ml#post3460409 (Body Repair: How to remove & reinstall Rivets?)

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I continued to look for workshops and bumped into a "Paintless Dent Removal" option (posted by a lot of owners on other forums as well as on team-bhp). And this is right here in Pune (Mr. Sudhir Gaikwad). I called him and he asked me to send pictures of the dent on whats app! I did that and he got back saying:
- will remove the black marks using a cream and brush
- will be able to remove 90% of the dent on the door
- won't be able to repair the dent on the running board
- work will be done at my place (he always work on customer's premises)
- estimate: Rs. 1500

I liked the candid and prompt feedback and decided to give this a try before doing anything drastic. We decided to meet today at 8AM and he was at my place at 7:40AM ! We took the power supply from my house (1st floor) and he started the work.

This is how it went:

The overall dent:
Paintless Dent Removal - Sudhir Gaikwad (Pune)-img20140619wa0002.jpg

A closer look at the dent:
Paintless Dent Removal - Sudhir Gaikwad (Pune)-cam00090.jpg

Removing the black marks using some cream:
Paintless Dent Removal - Sudhir Gaikwad (Pune)-cam00092.jpg

Paintless Dent Removal - Sudhir Gaikwad (Pune)-cam00094.jpg

Starting to pull the dent:
Paintless Dent Removal - Sudhir Gaikwad (Pune)-cam00099.jpg

The result:
Paintless Dent Removal - Sudhir Gaikwad (Pune)-cam00105.jpg

Paintless Dent Removal - Sudhir Gaikwad (Pune)-cam00108.jpg


He requested me not to take pictures when he actually pulled the dents out as that's his USP, so I agreed.

Overall, he could remove 80% of the dent, the side strip posed a challenge, some areas around it could not be restored fully. Also, as per him, when the door received the hit, the metal hit some parts inside (like the glass winder) and hence a couple of small spots around the side-strip got dented from inside. He used a plastic hammer to even them out, but said that only spot welding will restore them fully. Final result is quite acceptable, original paint is intact, and it's no more an eyesore when you look at the car casually. A closer look surely reveals the uneven surface at places. But I can definitely live with this and take my own time to study this whole dent-painting ecosystem, find a competent and reasonable garage that believes in minimizing wastage, has the right tools and most importantly, calls rivets "rivets" and not "ribbits"

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Old 25th June 2014, 23:53   #2
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Your photos reminded me of infomercial ads on TV for a similar low-budget product that I used to see in the US:

http://amzn.com/B003PMBX06

I am sure anyone in the US will have seen these type of infomercials too!
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Does this guy also do painting work (minor touch-ups as well major).
Also what about the pricing for your job?
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Your photos reminded me of infomercial ads on TV for a similar low-budget product that I used to see in the US:

http://amzn.com/B003PMBX06

I am sure anyone in the US will have seen these type of infomercials too!
Yes, people in the US tend to do most of the maintenance themselves, unlike us Indians who are just lazy :-)

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Does this guy also do painting work (minor touch-ups as well major).
Also what about the pricing for your job?
Only minor paint touch-up.
BTW, he charged me Rs. 1500 for my job.
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Only minor paint touch-up.
BTW, he charged me Rs. 1500 for my job.
Thanks will check - the guy appears to be quite close to my house and I do require some minor kind of paint job.
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Good job done, at 1500 bucks its very reasonable that too at your doorstep.

I hope while removing the black spots this guy have not used any strong chemical/cream which would have effect the paint of the car.

Replacing the side strip will make this more clean.

Did you inquired with ASS how much they will charge for this job? and I am sure that would have given you bigger dent on your pocket.

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My elder bro had a hit on his Vento's rear wheel arch. We had called up Sudhir and requested him to fix it. Sent pictures on whatsapp and he gave a quote for repair. An appointment was fixed and he made it on time. Repair work carried out cured about 80-90% of the dent. While he was working on the car, he got business from two other neighbors to fix minor dents on their cars.

Positives:

- Courteous and down to earth person.
- Punctual and professional.
- Uses latest technology for client interactions like whatsapp to prepare himself.

Negatives:

- It seems the paintless dent repair is more effective on Jap and Korean cars as compared to Germans. The sheet metal used on the Germans is obviously much tougher in comparison. The dents on our neighbors Estilo and i10 were convincingly removed to 100% satisfaction.
- Requires a power socket where work is being carried out. Might be a problem for many to arrange.
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Does this work for dents in fiber (bumpers) also, or only in sheet metal sections?
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Does this work for dents in fiber (bumpers) also, or only in sheet metal sections?
Works just fine on bumpers too. Take a look:

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/techni...ml#post1457268 (Paintless Dent repair)

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Works just fine on bumpers too. Take a look:

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/techni...ml#post1457268 (Paintless Dent repair)

Cheers,
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Thanks Vikram. Will keep this in mind for future reference.
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