Dents in BMW Fenders – How to Access for Paintless Repair

Most cars with bolt on front fenders (wings) use a plastic liner or skirt. You can often move these out of the way for paintless dent removal access.
BMW’s are a different sort, because the plastic liner is really crammed into the lip of the wheel opening. Dropping the fender skirt for PDR access is a must.
As shown in the training video above, jacking the car up so the wheels drop is key. This can save you the added work of removing the wheel.
Other car OEM’s are following the design of the Bavarian with tight skirts, likely for the added strength.
But a recent trend has been a gap between the aprons and fender lips. You will find this area under the hood, often covered with another kind of skirt or plastic trim. So don’t forget to pop the hood and take a look when doing paintless dent repair on modern fenders.


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  1. Looks interesting Tim I too have a BMW 318i E46 2001 Model with a dent on the rear wheel fender on the outer shroud.
    I also have a dent on a Motor Bike fuel Tank any clues on that one?
    I have a question on your PDR instructions would I get accurate info on any area of damage where my car has sustained minor damage.
    Would you need photos’ to where and to go about problem?
    just wondering Terry

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    1. Hi Terry,
      thanks for your questions. Dents above the rear wheel can be tough since that panel is welded to the inner. I recommend shooting photos and sharing with your local dent shop.
      Because I don’t recommend training on one’s own car, I can’t give specific advice on what you’ve asked here.
      Before tackling dents of that caliber, you would spend hours of practice on lower level stuff.

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  2. Hi Tim
    Thanks for your reply it has been awhile but thanks for info on BMW.
    I would like to send you the pictures with the line board showing the dents then perhaps you could recomend the special rods for the job.
    I have been practising on my motor bike tank from the inside and although not perfect i am gradualy learning a little more on correct pressure and muscle memory.
    i know I can rely on your experience on the tools for the job, my biggest problem would be freight as I live in Australia.
    any way will send pictures soon.
    thank Tim
    Best Wishes Terry

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