Paintless dent removal is a good idea for those who have minor dents or dings they want to remove from their vehicle. It doesn’t require major body work, and in most cases you can have your car back in as little as a day as opposed to several days to weeks with major body work. The cost is also much lower since the overhead is lower. There are some instances where paintless dent removal isn’t possible. If you have a simple dent you want to have pulled out, here are a few things to consider.
How It Works
A technician that has been trained to use specialized tools will work on the dent locally. This means a dented door doesn’t need to be removed. In most cases they will access the dent from the other side by going through a window opening or removing the door panel. The dent is then worked on from the inside, and pressed back out. It sounds simple, but it requires skill and patience. The technician needs to have experience in this so that they don’t push the dent out too far or damage the surrounding paint. It is something you can do at home, but it’s not suggested.
When Paintless Dent Removal is Feasible
Even large dents can be fixed with this method as long as the paint has not been shattered or cracked. If you have had previous body damage repaired in the area, this method may not work. Dents that are close to the edge of a panel are also difficult to repair with this method. The most common application for this method is door dents, dents on the hood or trunk, and dents on the roof. Hail damage can be repaired with this method, but it’s a more lengthy process.
Benefits of Paintless Dent Removal
Paintless dent removal is advantageous for several reasons. For one, it’s approved by most insurance companies. This means if you have damage that is covered by your auto insurance, you can get it repaired with this method and get your car back much faster. Since nothing is being replaced or removed, the vehicle will retain its factory value as well. You don’t need to report body damage when you sell the vehicle. The dent won’t need to be repainted or bonded in any way. When a vehicle is damaged and needs paint touch up on just a small area, it’s very hard to match the color. Even if they use a color provided by the manufacturer, this doesn’t take in to account the wear and tear the current paint job has, and can still stand out and be very noticeable. The turn around is also much faster. With traditional body repair you may have to relinquish your vehicle to the shop for several days, weeks for larger repairs. Paintless dent removal can be done in just a few hours and you can get your car back on the same day in many cases. Of course you want to call ahead to see what kind of schedule the technicians have, as this could hold up the process a bit. If you have to come out of pocket for the repair you will enjoy savings with paintless dent removal over traditional body work.