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I was out and ran into a hail storm. I stopped under a bridge overpass. But the hail came in at a angle and peppered the hood. There was a pickup truck right on my rear bumper and was not able to back up. The hood must have 25 to 50 dings, right fender has a few dings and right door has a ding or two. Has any one have in experence is this type of damage and repair. I thinking a new hood to start with, fender and door repaired.

Yes it was a sunny day that changed fast as general rule if it is bad weather it stays in the garage. This was not in the forecast.
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Sorry to hear. I've never experienced any damaging hail, but seen some hail damaged cars. Good luck in getting your SLK repaired.
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Take a look at insurance. This is part of comprehensive and should only cost your deductible. More than likely, if the PAINT is damaged as well, the insurance company will just opt for "replacement" of parts and not "repair."
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If the cost comes out of your own pocked, try the heat gun/dry ice method.
Use the heat gun to warm the metal around the dent then apply the dry ice by circling the dent.
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If the cost comes out of your own pocked, try the heat gun/dry ice method.
Use the heat gun to warm the metal around the dent then apply the dry ice by circling the dent.
Good Luck!

I have heard of this before to remove dents, have you every tried it. I have heard in the past of heat gun and then spray it with an can of air like you use on keyboards. The temp changes are big and fast is suppose to pop ont the dings.
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I have heard of this before to remove dents, have you every tried it. I have heard in the past of heat gun and then spray it with an can of air like you use on keyboards. The temp changes are big and fast is suppose to pop ont the dings.

Does this really work? Needless to say I'm scared out of my mind to try it on my newly-painted hood (which, the next day, got a NASTY dent on it..) but I want the unsightly thing GONE!
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I was caught in a world record hailstorm, last summer, in Vivian,SD.
I have posted a link to a couple of photos but, I'm not sure if it will work. I had to have almost all of the "skin" replaced, as well as windshield,sunroof, etc. My insurance covered the cost under my comprehensive policy. The repairs ran around $13K and I paid a small deductible.
IMHO it would be worth the time to take the vehicle to a good body shop and get an estimate.

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Medescape, that looks like CRAZY hail! Wow!!

Forum user SLK Rabbit had his SLK pelted by hail last year. Here's the thread where it was discussed: CLICKY!
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I was out and ran into a hail storm. I stopped under a bridge overpass. But the hail came in at a angle and peppered the hood. There was a pickup truck right on my rear bumper and was not able to back up. The hood must have 25 to 50 dings, right fender has a few dings and right door has a ding or two. Has any one have in experence is this type of damage and repair. I thinking a new hood to start with, fender and door repaired.

Yes it was a sunny day that changed fast as general rule if it is bad weather it stays in the garage. This was not in the forecast.
I had a similar situation some time ago but had damage on the hood, roof, trunk, and spoiler. Even though there were a lot of dings on the hood, they still did dent removal. A new hood will be your most expensive option. Call your insurance company and get someone to write an estimate and then go to the body shop that you like.
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Sorry to learn about this. Hope it gets sorted by the insurance company.

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Really sorry to hear

Car looked "Pristine" on Sunday! I'll check with Hunter (touch-up guy), see what he recommends. He does most of MB work here, even though MB has its own body shop.
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there is a youtube video using the canned air to blow out your keyboard etc which freezes the area and then the hair dryer to pop it out.


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I had the same story few years ago with my CLK55. Had probably 100 dings all over the car.
I got an estimate from the body shop and filed the claim with insurance company and then found the local guy who works for Paintless Dent Removal (Google it), normally they could be found in local dealerships and will be able to tell you if they can help. As long as the paint didn’t crack or the dent is in not accessible from the inside, you’ll be fine.
In my case they did an outstanding job, one would never tell that the car was damaged by hail; Also, I still had few buck left in my pocket after getting the check from insurance.

I certainly wouldn't experiment with hair dryer...
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i used pdr myself also. they do a great job.


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I'll continue to believe that best Mercedes is the latest Mercedes, but nevertheless we were caught on Interstate 40 in a bigtime hailstorm in our 300E/W124 and perhaps only reduced speed 10 mph--there was nothing else to do. Not a dent on it.

But, you haven't lived until you've ridden through one on your motorcycle.
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Chuck...rotten luck!! I think the insurance/expert route is probably best. Hope you get it sorted out quickly and as painlessly as possible.
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I'll continue to believe that best Mercedes is the latest Mercedes, but nevertheless we were caught on Interstate 40 in a bigtime hailstorm in our 300E/W124 and perhaps only reduced speed 10 mph--there was nothing else to do. Not a dent on it.

But, you haven't lived until you've ridden through one on your motorcycle.

Do not know the size of the hail stones you ran into mine was the size of golf balls.

When it end and up the road from a bridge I tied to get under I saw a motorcycle parked on the side. Think the ride must have ran into the near by trees for protection.
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Chuck...rotten luck!! I think the insurance/expert route is probably best. Hope you get it sorted out quickly and as painlessly as possible.
Checking with a body shop that does work for the local dealer tomorrow and then the insurance adjuster on Friday. Kind of hoping for the repair of hood over dent removal. Being a black car dent removal might not be best from what I am hearing. Counted 40 dings in the hood today.
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My money is on the PDR (Paintless Dent Removal) being a vast improvement over the damage you see now, but it will not bring the car back to looking perfect when you have 40-odd dents to take care of.

I love PDR and have used it on several door and roof dings, but even the guys that perform the work will tell you it's 98% fixed or something along those lines. When you have 40+ dents to take care of you will probably see residual unevenness when looking at the car under the right (wrong) light.
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Like to thank every one for all the input. I has been some education. Paintless Dent Rmoval (prd) is good about 90%. The story for me is coming to an end pretty fast.


On the hail damage I meet with indy body shop who does the work for the local MB dealer as it does not have a body shop. He said paintless dent removal (pdr) was not what he thought I would be happy with on a black car. He said fill was not a good option as with the sun and heat and time it might not hold up and doing a skin coat could have waves in it that would show up on black. He said the true fix was a new hood. Meet this morning with the insurance adjusters and they had a PDR company there who was figuring out what they would charge. One of the dents had cracked the paint. This meant after the did the dent removal they would have to repaint the hood to fix the paint crack. Bottom line was it was not cost effective to do PDR and paint when compared to a new hood and paint per the PDR guy. After pushing back they agreed to the new hood and paint. Went back to the indy and he ordered the hood today and will paint it late next week and then put it on the car. This way there is not over spray or anything to mess up the rest of the car.

Hope my baby will back like it was in the next ten days.
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