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What is Paintless Dent Repair?
Your car may not need a major overhaul, but a bit of fixing up couldn’t hurt. Paintless dent repair can save you money and time.
Small dings and dents in your otherwise beautiful vehicle can diminish its look. Getting a new paint job seems a little extreme, particularly if the car isn’t very old. Instead of throwing the bath out with the bath water, so to speak, you can use paintless dent repair.
The process involves essentially getting under the vehicle’s body panel and gently massaging the dimples out. It works particularly well for small damage caused by hail and door dings, although it can work for larger issues like creases and dents. If the paint surface is intact, meaning it hasn’t been cracked or punctured, it can be used. It works on both aluminum and steel panels.
The technique was discovered by a Mercedes staff member during a car show in 1960. Each night, he needed to touch up the small dents and scratches that occurred throughout the course of the day. Instead of repainting, he tried pushing out a crease with a hammer handle.
It worked, and paintless dent repair has been a viable option ever since. The method was originally used in an attempt to use less filler before painting. That, too, was a success. As a result, you and insurance companies can save thousands of dollars on repair costs.
While it sounds simple enough, if you want perfect results it’s better to rely on a professional. Doing it yourself, you may push too hard and end up leaving high spots or cracking the paint. A technician will know the specific locations he or she needs to manipulate in order to keep the metal at the correct height. Specialized picks and rods are used to adjust the metal. A mechanic may also use a fluorescent or LED light to know where to push and pull. If the dent is pushed out too much, a specialist can blend spots to make it look even.
There are some limits to whether paintless dent repair can be successfully used. The paint must be flexible, which most finishes are today. Also, it must not have been stretched too far when damaged. That will depend on the extent of the damage, how thick the metal is and how much curvature there is near the dent. Small depressions are usually easy to fix; however, sharp dents likely will need a new coat of paint.
Remember how excited you were when you first brought home your car? Be proud of it again when you get it back into pristine shape by removing those annoying dings on your hood and doors. Learn more about paintless dent repair in North County by visiting this website.
Justin is a certified car nut and writes about all car topics. He has a special interest in performance parts, wheels and rims. Share his enthusiasm at Livejournal blog.