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Old 04-07-2014, 04:28 PM
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Default Dented Tailgate - Fix or Replace?

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So I had a mishap with a plant route last week and put a minor dent in my tailgate - unfortunately a hidden branch from a tree contacted my tailgate as I was backup up (really tight spot). Anyways I was being stupid and wasn't fully paying attention.

The only damage is a minor palm-sized dent that unfortunately partially affects the accent line that runs along the halfway point of the tailgate. The paint is not cracked and I was mostly able to buff out the light surface scratches by hand already.

I seem two have two options:
  1. Paintless dent repair (PDR), bodywork and respray/blend the area;
  2. Replace the tailgate.
Option #1 is half the price of #2, however I am too OCD and the thought of having any type of body filler on my truck would bother me. Cost is not a concern for me as I use it for work and get mileage reimbursements - which would more then pay for either option.

The body shop has told me that if they were dealing with an insurance claim, they would go with option #1. Their only concern with option #2 is the fact that the new tailgate would not have the factory paint and it may require them to blend more of the sides of the box to match.

I'm really stuck at the moment. If I could have PDR without any filler or painting I would be ok with that route but I really don't want filler on such a new truck.

FWIW, I learned my lesson on this one that this will not happen again unless someone rear ends me!

EDIT: I should add that a few months after I purchased the truck, I found two miniscule dents/scratches on the tailgate that I know for a fact wasn't me and no they aren't specs of dust in the paint. I never took it up with the dealership as I figured it was a lost cause. A new tailgate would fix this!

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Old 04-07-2014, 04:36 PM
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As long as the paint isn't chipped or cracked then use painless dent removal. I have used it plenty of times and you wont be disappointed with the outcome.
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i just had a incident with my mailbox a few weeks back. right at the accent line. I have one of the best paint/body work guys in my area. (he's built multiple show cars and cover trucks). Fixed mine quite cheap. Check local shops and find someone reputable and fix is my suggestion.
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Well to give an update I'm replacing the tailgate with a new one.

Dropped it off at the body shop (who I have a history with and trust them) and they got their PDR company to look at it. Because of how the dent is, there was no way to pull it without doing additional metal work. The PDR guy said that the metal was too stretched and there was no way to get it remotely looking like new again.

So I was given the option of using PDR to minimize metal work labor costs (the idea was to pull the dent out as much as possible to use less filler) which I did not want to do so I opted for as new tailgate.

I'm not going through insurance as it will obviously affect my rates and if I can pay out of my own pocket I'd rather do that.

I'll post some photo's of the dent later tonight.
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Ive had great results with PDR on my truck.. My truck is black and and I am also super OCD about things. I noticed while washing my truck that I had a dent in the body line of the tailgate. I also was looking at replacement tailgate panels but tried PDR first. The PDR guy pushed (massaged is what he called it lol) the dent out in about 5 mins..

$50 for 5 mins of work
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