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Hi there, i've just started looking for a V6 GTV and have found one local to me that has some minor dents on the rear 3/4 panel.

So basically...is the back of this panel accessable for dent removal? Are there any panels which aren't accessable?

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Oh hang on in the FAQ is says it's not accessable...this could be a problem then. No option but to have a full body shop repair, including full panel spray?
 

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I'd also like to know of an easy solution to this...

Just bought a GTV but it has a string of car park dents down the side - door and rear panel.

I'd love to get them all done by "dentman" or similar.

Can anyone give us any good news?

James
 

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I professional panel beaters can probably do something with it. There are tricks that will probably be possible to get it back to normal.
 

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Depends how long the dents gave been there I have been told, the metal stretchs to the dent and won't shrink unless heated, the sooner repaired the metal shrinks Easyer

cheapist option find a decent sprayer that will do you an edge to edge repaint of the quater panel
 

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I wondered about this for a while too, don't think a dent master type service will be able to access the rear quarter panels, but can probably address the doors. Annoying as I have a couple of carpark dints that I would love to get rid of without resorting to repainting....
 

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A decent PDR man doesn't need to get behind a panel. They use a bridge device & some hot glue;)
 

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If they can't directly access the rear of the panel one option is to drill holes to gain access.
 

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Thanks gents - so a range of ideas the explore there then - all hope is not lost.

I'm going to give the car a good wash and poilsh tomorrow so I can see exactly what I'm dealing with and the condition of the paint in general. I'll then be in more of a position to make a decision.

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Thanks guys, replies all appreciated.

A collegue at work has suggested that the panel is double skinned...meaning they can't tease the dents out with the feeler things.

If it will involve paint work i'd prefer to just pass on it and find another tbh. If I can't easily (cheaply!) get rid of the dents it's a major con against it. Maybe i'm best talk to a local dent guy.

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Are they dents or just car park dinks? In terms of paintwork most cars have some, there are alot of repairs that go on after the car comes off the line at new.

Personally I wouldn't worry to much about paintwork repairs if they are done well. If the rest of the car is good it could be a case of better the devil you know, or you might end up buying another thats had a complete respray after turning over and needing a new roof welding on or something like that.
 

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Had two sets of car park damage repaired in that area (left and right hand sides) using SMART repairer. Access gained by drilling a 10 mm hole in the door jamb to the rear. Recommended same repairer to colleagues and watched him do doors as well; mostly by going into the door via the window slot but some by access through a drilled hole as above. Repairs were invisible.
 

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Went to see it this arvo. Generally the car was very good.

Two issues...the small dents and some scratches, all on the swage line around the rear arch. Second concern was the rear bumper, it appears to be flush on the driver side and stick out 10mm on the pass side. Not sure if this is poor fitting or it's had a knock? When viewed from each side seperately it looked right as it's protrudes an even amount.

Has anyone got any images of the rear 1/4 panel to bumper joint, for reference?
 

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I had my rear quarter panel done , plus both doors by a company called Dent Devils , done a fantastic job, did ask about access to rear panel and he side it was no problem ? in drivers door area had bad dink like a golf ball had hit it even lost that ! Cost was £150 plus vat which i thought was very good to .
 

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Second concern was the rear bumper, it appears to be flush on the driver side and stick out 10mm on the pass side. Not sure if this is poor fitting or it's had a knock?
wouldn't worry about the rear bumper, mine is the same, I went through the pain of trying to adjust rear bumper mounting position (like yours, I though mine had taken a knock). But, next time I was at alfa specialist I had a good look around, every GTV and spider was the same! - bumper stuck out 8mm or so at one side only.

Can't be by design but it seems to affect all of them.
 

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wouldn't worry about the rear bumper, mine is the same, I went through the pain of trying to adjust rear bumper mounting position (like yours, I though mine had taken a knock). But, next time I was at alfa specialist I had a good look around, every GTV and spider was the same! - bumper stuck out 8mm or so at one side only.

Can't be by design but it seems to affect all of them.
Interesting - mine also sticks out on the passenger side corner. I assumed it had been nudged at some point. Maybe Pinninfarina intended it to look like that, as part of the "concept" :lol:
 
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