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How to DIY repair a car door dent with paint crack.

I have what I like to think of as a "vertical half of an eggshell" sized dent on the driver door of my Nissan versa.

I'll do my best to post a picture of it below.











I really need a breakdown on the products and methods to do this as the most I've ever done is changed my oil and flushed my radiator.

It has a crack on the seam of it.

It is less than 2 inches long and a half an inch wide.

How do I go about repairing this myself cheaply without any problems down the road like rust?

I am a brand new forum member so if this is in the wrong place please let me know. USAA wants to charge me 500 bucks for this.

The damage occurred while I was working at night and my car was in the parking lot. I believe a shopping cart or a car door hitting it.

Some thoughts: Is the door now more receptive to future damage? Is it less safe? How do I ensure no moisture is inside the door before I seal the crack?

Thank you for actually taking the time to help me, I cannot tell you how much I appreciate it.

I don't have the money for this to get repaired by my insurer I wish I did but I don't.

How hard can it be right?





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In that kind of a spot it can be hard to pull the dent out. Not sure how to do this either, im not a collision repair guy.. If you cant get the dent out, just use some clear nail polish to "fill in" the crack so what doesn't get in and rust underneath the paint.

As for the question of the door sealing, I don't think you'll have any problems with that. Sorry I couldn't be of more help. hopefully someone else chimes in here.

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In that kind of a spot it can be hard to pull the dent out. Not sure how to do this either, im not a collision repair guy.. If you cant get the dent out, just use some clear nail polish to "fill in" the crack so what doesn't get in and rust underneath the paint.

As for the question of the door sealing, I don't think you'll have any problems with that. Sorry I couldn't be of more help. hopefully someone else chimes in here.
I'm glad someone took the time to read this, I figured I wouldn't get a response.

I'm sure more people will chime in!

How do you mean fill it in?

Just coat the crack?

Or fill the dent as well?

I will save that as a last resort.

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also, after looking at your pictures, you might be able to tap it from behind with a rubber mallet and get the dent out. Use a heat gun or hairdryer to heat up the paint prior to doing this-there will be less chance of the paint chipping if you warm it up. You might also want to wrap a rag around where you're gonna hit it so its not like a direct hit on the door. cheers!

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also, after looking at your pictures, you might be able to tap it from behind with a rubber mallet and get the dent out. Use a heat gun or hairdryer to heat up the paint prior to doing this-there will be less chance of the paint chipping if you warm it up. You might also want to wrap a rag around where you're gonna hit it so its not like a direct hit on the door. cheers!
Should I order touch up paint from nissan? I heard I can get clear coat and paint with my vin. How hard do you need to hit a door like this? I'm terribly sorry for sounding like I have no clue. Hopefully I will be able to educate others once I learn enough about this matter.
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Check with a painless dent removal company. Big thing is the interior sub structure of the door damaged. If it is just the door skin they might be able to pop it out. Then use touch up paint to fill the cracks or have it painted.

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Check with a painless dent removal company. Big thing is the interior sub structure of the door damaged. If it is just the door skin they might be able to pop it out. Then use touch up paint to fill the cracks or have it painted.
Did you mean paintless? Also the estimator from usaa said all they'd need to do is pop the dent out and paint it, then paint the other door to make it blend. What a bunch of crap for 500 bucks man......
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paintless or painless dent removal, samething each insurance company calls it something. 500 is still cheaper than replacing the whole door. how much is your insurance deductible?

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paintless or painless dent removal, samething each insurance company calls it something. 500 is still cheaper than replacing the whole door. how much is your insurance deductible?
I'd have to pay 500 dollars for this repair. Smells like I'm getting screwed.

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I'd have to pay 500 dollar for this repair. Smells like I'm getting screwed.
Take it around and get estimates for comparison.

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