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What do you do with your Door Dings?

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Got 2 very small and not very deep door dings on the right rear door. Auto is a 2009 Altima but this should be the same for any car. Both dings are on the very flat surface.

What do you people do to fix yours? I noticed they sell a small slide hammer where you glue the little plastic piece that fits over the ding and they pull it out that way. This method would seem to work for my dings because they are so shallow.

This is the type of things I would like to tinker around with and fix myself. But on the other hand I want the job done right so is it best just to take it to a shop that does paintless dent repair? Have looked at YouTube videos and the PDR work that is done is quite impressive. Also over the years where a dealership had hail damage vehicles you would see these places pop up that fix hail damaged cars.

Have heard that one fix is to use heat and dry ice to level out small dents. Any truth to this method. So how do you people fix your door dings? Many thanks!
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My Challenger is actually at a body shop for a door ding right now... someone doored me hard enough to leave a nickel-size dent on the body-side crease right by the driver's door handle, removing clearcoat and color coat. I could maybe have lived with it if the blankety-blank hadn't removed paint. I park far away whenever I can, but at work there are currently about 15 more parking-lot users than there are places to park these days.

I went back & forth on fixing it but finally decided I was going to get sick of looking at that spot every time I climb in. Plus I'm having them fix a scratch that I caused with the jack handle on the quarter panel, for only about 25% more $$ than the door repair alone.
 

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@deltadart1, it did take paint for the repairs on my car. The @#($*&%&-inflicted doording and my self-inflicted scratch were both down to primer and/or base metal. They color painted the repaired areas and blended color paint onto adjacent panels where necessary, then sprayed clearcoat on the entire surface of panels that were either repaired or had to be blended.
 
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