Ding King vs Pops-a-Dent
Jan 2, 2005
Review by legtersg
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:Works on mild dents without damaging paint.
Cons:Requires patience and can't help stretched metal.
The Bottom Line: Ding King beats Pops-a-Dent because of the stronger pulling force and sturdier bridge.
I bought both kits to pull out a long dent in my Infiniti. Ding King pulls out dents with greater force than Pops-A-Dent because of the larger diameter pull head, sturdier bridge, and stickier glue. I put aside the plastic Pops-A-Dent bridge after couple of pulls because the sturdy Ding King bridge was easier to use, never bottomed out, and had adjustable swiveling feet.
Recommend this product?
The stickier Ding King glue is harder to get off the paint, even when using the glue removal solution and scraper. The glue also sticks to the puller tool. I carefully used a dull wood chisel to clean the tools. The Ding King glue tends to jam in the glue gun. For me, the extra work was worth it because the Pops-A-Dent glue usually gives up before the dent does.
The fine threads of the Ding King pull tools gave more control over the dent removal. Unfortunately, after much use, the (brass?) Ding King tensioning nut stripped, and did not seem to be a standard thread size. Im out of glue sticks and plan to order the $27.95 Ding King Supreme (10 sticks, 3 bottles) kit since it costs only about $5 more than a glue/remover kit and two puller heads (the heads get a little rough after much use).
I attacked the long dent going from the shallow end to the deep end. In the few areas accessible from the trunk, I gently pushed out the dent (many small pushes with a rounded wood block). The Ding King was useful in leveling the dent so that I could use a 4.5 diameter suction cup.
Near the door opening, the metal rippled so that the suction cup didnt work. After dozens of pulls, the ripples smoothed enough to use the suction cup again. At the door opening, the original dent bent and stretched the metal so that the paint flaked off. My goal is to get the badly deformed metal close to the original shape, and level it with a thin layer of bondo. Care must be taken not to pull stretched metal out too far.
With much patience, the Ding King restored minor dents without damaging the paint. The Ding King cant help sharp bends because of the small surface area and work hardening of the metal. Paint usually flakes off of stretched metal anyway.
Ding King Kit
4.75 footprint aluminum bridge
1.41 diameter pull
1.24x0.7 oval pull
fine tool threads
unknown tool thread (metric?)
glue removal solution
3 glue sticks
large knockdown tool
7.5 footprint plastic bridge
1.1 diameter pull
0.98 diameter pull
0.86 diameter pull
coarse tool threads
1/4 20 tool thread
2 8 glue sticks
small knockdown tool
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