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Really works but don't expect miracles
on 13 September 2011
A few years ago a very nice person who was parked next to my car reversed out of the parking bay and left me with a nice 5 inch scallop shell dent right on the rim of my wheel arch. The dent at it's deepest was around 4mm. I took my car to a few of my local body repair shops and got quotes from £150 to £200 to repair the dent and re-spray the wing and door (my car is quite old so they needed to spray the door to blend into the old paintwork). I did not like the idea of a re-spray as they never really turn out very good on an old car and my car is in "like new" condition apart from said damage so I decided to look for another solution to the problem.
Having read the reviews about the Ding King I thought I would have nothing to lose for £+ but had some reservations about sticking hot glue to the paintwork. The kit arrived in just a few days and seemed well made and of good quality so I thought I would give it a shot. I followed the instructions to the letter (I will give my tips shortly) and I must say I am very impressed with the end result.
Before the repair the dent was easily visible from a distance and at any angle, it also looked much worse when the sun caught it. After using the Ding King I no longer have a dent and there is absolutely no visible evidence that the was dent, even when I look very closely at the area where the dent was. The only reason why I would not give the Ding King a 5 star rating is that when I run my finger tips over the area where the dent used to be I can feel a very very slight unevenness in the surface, but trust me I cannot see it.
I must point out that it does state that you should not expect the repair to be 100% perfect on the instructions. If I rated it by percent I would say that it was at least 85 to 90% out of 100%
So here are my tips which I think will give you the best results:
1. If you have a really deep dent or a dent with a crease - Don't use the Ding King, it might improve the dent but it definately won't get rid of a crease and therefore you will be disappointed.
2. Thoroughly clean the affected area with the solution that is included in the kit before, between and after every application.
3. Let the gun warm up for a minimum 5 to 10 minutes before applying the glue.
4. Decide exactly where you are going to place the glue pad and ensure that you are generous with the glue so that it squeezes over the edge of the glue pad when you put it on the car. This will give you a bit of a lip that you can pull the glue off if sticks to the car instead of staying on the pad.
5. Hold the glue pad as close as possible to the area you are going to stick it to then apply the glue and stick it to the car. Try to do this as quickly as possible as the glue goes off almost instantly.
6. Hold the glue pad in place for at least 20 seconds pressing firmly all the time then leave it for a minimum of 5 minutes to properly set the glue.
7. Carefully place the bridge over the glue pad and then start tightening very slowly. Do not panic and try and pull the pad off if it seems like it is not going to come off. It will eventually break away (sometimes with a bit of a bang)and the glue should be still on the pad. If the glue has stuck to the car, don't worry, just get your fingernail under it and gently pull it back. It is scary but should not cause any damage. I would not advise leaving the glue on the car for a lengthy time as I suspect the glue will continue to set and may be more of a problem to remove later on.
8. Don't try to fix the dent in one go. Patience is the key. I took around 7 or 8 attempts following the process I have outlined above to get the finish I was looking for.
Finally, I saw a previous reviewers tip which was to heat the glue pad with a hot air gun before applying the glue to increase the bond. I would not recommend this as the glue might become to hot and could damage your paintwork. Just be patient. The glue came away from the pad and stayed on my car about 3 times but I carefully pulled it off and there was no damage.
I hope this review helps you decide if this is the right product for you and my tips help you get the best result.