After the series of devastating storms in and around the midwest, we are getting many inquiries about the best way to go about getting hail damage removed from car.
So, what is the best method to use for removing dents from a car?
The Old Way – Traditional Auto Body Repair Shop Method
Before Paintless Dent Repair became the preferred method to remove dents from a vehicle, there was the traditional body shop repair method. Although the method was effective for it’s time, many auto body technicians, insurance companies and car owners alike knew there had to be a better way to remove the dents.
The earlier and widely accepted traditional body shop repair method involved a variety of steps that PDR has now done away with. Before, to remove a dent, body shops would have to use a cocktail of tools and materials that would often times compromise the validity of the original Factory Paint Warranty.
The New Way – Paintless Dent Repair
The usage of WetorDry Sandpaper, Glazing and Spot Putty, Bondo (or Body Fillers), Primer and Paint has been replaced with a very unique and specialized set of PDR tools that gently massage the dents out of cars. No harmful chemicals or abrasive tools required.
Paintless Dent repair is less expensive, has a quicker turn-around time, requires no paint matching and will not void your cars original Factory Paint Warranty. Additionally, it is a much “Greener” and environmentally friendly way to remove dent damage from cars.
Can the PDR Dent Repair Method remove ALL of my Dents?
There are some limitations as to what kind of dents can effectively be removed from a car. Sometimes PDR can be combined with the more traditional Auto Body Repair method to get the desired outcome. Getting an estimation of the damage before getting any work done is highly suggested.
Some of the PDR limitations are:
- If the dent has resulted in any cracking in the paint.
- If the dent is so deep and severe that it has stretched or greatly compromised the metal.
- Many older model cars (pre-1990) are not good candidates for PDR.
- If the dent is on or very near the edge of a panel.