Can I remove my hail damage myself?
With the advent of the internet, and the miracle of “googling it,” the Do-It-Yourself movement is at an all time high. In many, if not most cases, doing it yourself is not only self fulfilling, but can be a huge savings of money. Websites like Instructables, or DIY Network have turned ordinary people into DIY superstars! Heck, we are currently working on building a homemade firepit for our backyard, all from the advise of the Instructables network!
There still leaves a few questions about what SHOULD be DIY, and what SHOULD NOT! Do DIY or not to DIY, that is the question!
Should I attempt to remove my auto hail damage at home?
DIY Auto Dent Removal – Instructables: The Telephone Pole Method.
Here is an interesting DIY from Instructables, “Pull a Car Dent Using a Telephone Pole.” Immediately after your vehicle is damaged either in a wreck, or in a hail storm – your first thought will always be money. How much is this going to cost me, or can I do this myself and save some money. It is natural, we all do it. Our advise is to always weigh the pros and cons. In the scenario of removing auto dent damage with a telephone pole, I would start like this.
- This seems do-able. Call up some buddies, and give it a go!
- This will save me money in the end.
- I will not have to pay a deductible.
- I have a few of the tools listed, if not – I could always add a few more to my arsenal. I am sure I will use a Spray Gun, and Welder again!
- There are no guarantee’s or warranties if this plan doesn’t work out.
- This could be dangerous.
- I have never welded, or spray painted before.
- Where will I get a telephone pole?
- If I don’t do this right, it could cost me more in the end.
DIY Auto Dent Removal – YouTube: They Hair Dryer Method.
Here is another DIY for auto dent removal from of a DIY outfit on YouTube.
On the video, the host tests the method on 3 different dent types; a small dent, a hail dent, and a larger shallow dent.
Basically, he begins by heating up the dented area with the hair dryer. The video only shows about a 30 second snippet, because the actual time spent heating up the area with the hair dryer took over 15 minutes. After all, hair dryers do not product enough heat to efficiently effect the metal. After heating up the area, he uses compressed air to freeze the area. In the end, the hair dryer method did not work on any of the dent types.
Conclusion: Should I try removing my auto hail damage at home?
Unless you have auto dent damage training, or prior experience, we suggest you leave the auto dent damage remove to the professionals. Paintless Dent Repair is not only affordable, but comes with a warranty. If there are ANY issues in the dent removal process, the PDR company will correct the problem on their dime. You will go in with the confidence that the job will be done correctly, and you will leave with a completely dent-free vehicle. We believe that the overall piece of mind is invaluable.
Professional Auto Hail Damage Repair
With IntelliDent, we will even take care of your deductible up to $500. With the IntelliDent deductible forgiveness program, you don’t even have to worry about the cost, as your insurance company will take care of the rest.
If you have any questions, or live in the Denver, CO or San Antonio, TX area and need a reputable PDR technician, please don’t hesitate to call us or set up your free auto hail damage inspection.