Paintless Dent Removal: How Does it Work?

Paintless Dent Removal: How Does it Work?

January 29, 2016
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When you are searching for the best smash repairer around, you always see the offer of “Paintless Dent Removal”. You might be wondering, is it actually possible to do a dent repair job without damaging your paint job? In fact, it is not only possible, but we provide it! Here’s the behind the scenes know-how on how paintless dent removal really works.

Traditional dent repair fills auto body dents in with paint or body filler, which is then matched to the rest of the vehicle’s exterior. While this process can make a vehicle look as good as new, it doesn’t address the actual dent in a way that is a sustainable, long-term solution. It’s also time-consuming, expensive and can impact the re-sale value of your vehicle. With paintless dent removal, there are no fillers and there is no sanding. Paintless dent removal is an environmentally friendly repair method that restores your vehicle’s body to factory-like condition in a fraction of the time at a fraction of the cost. Paintless dent removal can be used to remove dings and dents from vehicles, as well as body creases and hail damage.

Like some car repairs, there is always the debate of whether to do it yourself or hire a professional. The job requires special tools, which are relatively inexpensive. However, if you don’t have the appropriate skill level, you could end up damaging your car further and incurring more expense. On the other hand, if you are constantly finding dents in your car then it would not be any harm to learn some basics to tie you over the next few dings. A professional would be better at assessing if the dent is a good candidate for paintless dent removal. If you are concerned about the price, shop around for a good offer.

Assess the Damage

The first step to any repair process is to assess the damage. Where is the dent? How big is the dent? How do we get to the dent? After assessing the damage, and determining it can be effectively removed through paintless dent removal, we prepare the area around the dent for the repair. Shallow dents are no big deal as they affect the outermost layer of the car, only really affecting the aesthetic of the vehicle. Presuming the impact was soft enough that the paint remained intact, paintless dent removal is the obvious solution to the problem. However, if you car’s paint has been chipped or cracked as a result of an unfortunate collision, then unfortunately, a bigger (and more costly) job in is order. Interestingly, it is not unusual to get dents which don’t damage the paint, as modern automotive paints are designed to be resilient and withstand blows.

Gain Entry to the Dent

In most cases, repairing a dent requires you to access the back side of the dent, which means carefully removing body panels, tail lights, or in some cases, interior panels. To perform paintless dent removal, you need a clear and safe pathway to the dent. As any rookie or professional mechanic knows, there is more than one thin sheet of metal protecting your vehicle. In order to get the job done correctly, you would need to have extensive knowledge of how to safely remove and replace panels as needed.For this reason, hiring a professional is preferable to doing it yourself. A professional can tell from inspecting the vehicle, what exactly needs to be removed to gain access to the back of the dent. They know how to do this, without the risk of damaging your vehicle further.

Apply Slow Pressure to Work out the Dent

Technicians have access to all the required tools to work out the dent safely. Your technician will select the exact tools they need, all shaped and sized to be a good fit for this particular job. They will use these tools to carefully apply the correct amount and shape of pressure to work out the damaged area. Sometimes the technician will simultaneously hold other tools against the dent on the outside surface. This prevents the dent from being pushed too far in one direction. The process can be completed with same day service, depending on a dent’s severity, and the results are amazing; even more so considering how non-invasive and quick the process really is.

Outcomes and Results of Paintless Dent Removal

The dented area should be restored to its original glory. However, remember that the metal has been damaged. While the paintless dent removal was successful in removing the appearance of the dent, that particular area will be more susceptible to damage in the future. Furthermore, if that area is damaged again it is very likely that the damage would be much worse. Paintless dent removal can be a quick fix in this regard, not a full restoration.

 

For more information on our paintless dent removal, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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