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It seems like magic as paintless dent repair is cheaper, quicker and easier than any other dent repair offered by garages across the country.
The suspicion surrounding it means that many actually opt for the more expensive way to fix a dent in a car as they don’t believe paintless dent repair will fix the big bump in their vehicle.
We are here to dispel the myths, to show you how it’s done so you can benefit from this affordable repair in the future.
Paintless Dent Repair for Paint Damaged Vehicles
Many believe that if a vehicle’s paintwork is damaged then PDR isn’t the right solution. Sometimes, this is true, however in a lot of cases it’s not. The paint may look scuffed or broken on the surface but once the dent has been repaired those breaks come together to form a flawless finish. If you’re unsure simply ask us or send us a quick picture and we can soon let you know if paintless dent repair is suitable.
Older cars may not be suitable for paintless dent repair as the paint is quite rigid. Many manufacturers today use a pliable paint that allows for PDR.
When Paintless Dent Repair Can Help
The most common causes that lead to someone needing paintless dent repairs are:
- Minor scuff and accidents
- Weather damage from hailstones, falling branches or windswept items
- Door bumps such as opening a door onto a wall, another car or a trolley station in Waitrose
The Tools and Techniques Used for Paintless Dent Removal
Over the years, paintless dent repair tools have become more sophisticated. An expert will use a range such as metal rods, body picks and their own hands to manipulate the metal carefully without damaging the paint.
Glue is also used, as in some cases it is applied to the exterior of the dent to pull the metal out, then smaller, more precise apparatus is utilised to add the finishing touches.
A fluorescent light is used to reveal the smallest of indentations that are not visible to the naked eye.
Although it looks easy, there’s actually artistry involved as an experienced technician will use the indents to create dark and light spots so the light reflects evenly. This delivers a perfect finish that shows no sign of previous damage and doesn’t impact of the value of the car.
In the majority of cases, an expert will blend the indents to create conformity of the metal. Even the best mechanics can occasionally crack the paint. This doesn’t happen often but if the paint is cold or less pliable than originally assumed, the repair can cause paint to flake off.
Luckily, those trained in dent repair will have the skills to rectify the problem immediately.