All about paintless dent repair

All About Paintless Dent Repair

It utilizes specially fabricated tools and new techniques that have been created to remove dents as large as baseballs, without any sanding, body filler, or additional repainting.  In fact, the entire process can leave your car looking completely dent free.  It has become such an effective procedure that many auto body repair shops have started to focus on this technique.  This has gone hand-in-hand with insurance companies relying on paintless dent removal, particularly for hail damage.

With the rise in popularity, it has also become a much more effective process.  Only a few years ago, a ding the size of a quarter was the most it could handle, and now paintless dent repair can fix dents three times that size.  Paintless dent repair has also become more effective because of the high-strength metal and more durable paint finishes that are used on modern vehicles.  It is so effective, that many insurance companies will wave the deductible if it is chosen over traditional dent repair.

It is important to remember that paintless dent repair cannot fix everything, but it is great if your situation meets these qualifications:  The vehicle was manufactured in 1990 or later, the paint has not been cracked or broken, the dent is not near the edge of the panel, and the panel has not already undergone other traditional body repair.  With these limitations, there are some cases where the dent will not completely be repaired, however it still may be made unnoticeable.

Paintless dent repair also carries a number of additional advantages including: no need for repainting or body filler, much cheaper than traditional repair, short repair time (often same-day repair), no risk from over-spray on other vehicle areas, and no risk of improper color matching.  If your vehicle retains its original paint, it will have a higher value than a repainted vehicle.  This is even true if the repainting is done on a small part of the vehicle such as a fender or door.  Keeping the original paint job is always preferable.

Paintless dent repair utilized specialized equipment and techniques, which means that it will overwhelm almost every do-it-yourselfer.  Paintless dent repair is available from shops that specialize in paintless dent repair.  As will every type of service, it is important to choose someone that has experience with PDR as well as has a proven track record of quality work.

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