The last thing you expect to see when you get off work or come out of the mall is a dent in your car. Sometimes you may know how the damage occurred while in other cases, it may remain a mystery.
No matter what the cause, the fact remains that you will need to get the dent repaired so that your car can be restored to its previous pristine condition. A few different methods can be used to repair dents, one of the most popular is paintless dent repair.
Paintless dent repair is an easy way to fix minor dents and dings on a vehicle without using paint on the surface. This method is best from small damage that did not pierce the surface and those that have not created scratches on the paint. It is always best to repair any damage to your car as soon as possible. Not only dent unsightly, but they can also lower the value of your car dramatically.
If left uncorrected, scratches and dents can also leave the surface of your vehicle open to corrosion. Once that starts to happen, rush and chemical damage are not far behind. Aside from lowering the value of your car, this can also affect its overall safety.
Not all dents can be repaired with this method. The best candidates for the paintless repair method are dents that occurred under low force, small impact dents such as those caused by hail or toy balls, door impact dents, and minor dings. A professional will check the damage to see how far the metal on your car has actually been stretched. Large dents are usually not the best type of damage for paintless repair due to the excessive amount of metal stretching. Depending on the location and size of the dent, repairs can be made on location or larger dents will need to be fixed in the repair shop.
Paintless dent repair is much simpler than you may think. Instead of having to leave your car at a repair shop for days or even weeks, the repairman often can come to your location. When they arrive, they will take a look at the damage to assess if it is eligible for paintless repair. Not all dents can be repaired with this method. Next, the panel with the damage will be removed from the car so that the damage can be viewed from the inside.
The next step is the paintless repair method. Basically, gentle but constant pressure will be applied to both sides of the dent. This will smooth the surface back to its original shape without destroying the surface paint. It is important to work with a qualified dent repair company so that additional damage is not created when trying to repair the initial dent.
As innovative as paintless repair may be, it can’t be used on all types of exterior damage. If the car paint has been cracked or chipped along the damaged area, that will not be repaired with this method. If the damage is noticeable from far away, then paintless repair is not able to fix this type of damage. Any dent that is larger than a fist or deeper than a half of an inch will need traditional repair methods for proper correction. PDR uses a gentle massage to restore the metal to its proper shape, larger dents cause too much stretching in the metal for this method to be effective.
At Great Plains Auto Body shop Omaha and Council Bluffs, we’re committed to giving you an unmatched level of service. As a company that’s been family-owned and operated for more than 26 years, we’re dedicated to treating our customers as we would treat members of our own family. We’ll keep you informed throughout the entire repair process and make sure you’re satisfied when the job is complete. From estimating and detailing to collision repair and paint services, our ASE-certified mechanics and technicians make sure the job is done right and on time.