Paintless Dent Removal
HAIL DAMAGE REPAIR INFORMATION FOR HAIL DAMAGED CARS
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What are my hail damage repair alternatives?
You have two hail repair alternatives: Paintless Dent Repair and Convential Body Repair. Paintless Dent Repair (PDR) is the preferred method, but in some cases of severe hail damage, conventional methods will be necessary.
What is Paintless Dent Repair or PDR?
Paintless dent repair (PDR), also known as “paintless dent removal” or “paintfree dent repair”, is a process for removing minor dents and dings from the body of an automobile. The most common methods of paintless dent repair utilize metal rods and body picks to push the dents out from the inner side of the body panel being repaired. Also, glue may be used from the outside of the panel to pull the dents out. In either case, fine-tuning of the repair often involves “tapping” down the repair to remove small high spots, making the surface flat. Paintless Dent Repair may be used on both aluminum and steel panels.
The technology of PDR has been around for many years. Fluorescent lighting, or in some cases a light-reflection board, is used to “see” the deformation of the dent. This is an important aspect of the repair process. Without a light or reflector board, the fine detail of the process is unseen, and the technician will not be able to remove the damage accurately.
Paintless dent removal takes time to learn. It is skilled art form. An untrained individual can actually permanently damage a vehicle panel if attempting a repair without the correct skills and knowledge. In addition to the skill of dent removal, PDR also requires extensive knowledge to remove and reinstall vehicle panels and interior components. This is often required to gain proper access to the dent before the removal process can begin. A wide range of damage can be repaired using PDR. PDR can be used to repair hail damage, door dings, minor body creases, and even minor bumper indentations. PDR techniques can also be applied to help prepare severely damaged panels for refinishing and paint. This process is referred to as “push to paint”. However, if there is paint damage, PDR would not be recommended.
How is PDR different from Conventional repair?
Paintless Dent Repair is just that… paintless. Conventional body repair requires sanding, filling, refinishing and repainting.
How long will it take to repair my hail damaged car?
If your car is a candidate for PDR, the repair time is typically 1-2 days. If your vehicle will need conventional repairs, the repair time is typically 1-2 weeks.