Paintless dent removal, also called bare metal dent removal, refers to a way of removing small dents from a car’s body. As long as the paint layer is intact, a wide array of damage can be fixed using paintless dent repair. Paintless dent repair can be used on metal and aluminum panels alike. A car’s hood, the trunk lid, or the roof can be tackled with this kind of technique. The results are virtually painless and usually take just a few hours to perform.
Paintless car dent removal techniques fix minor damage from hail, road debris, or even tree sap. Because there are no liquids involved, the techniques have some distinct advantages over their traditional counterpart. For example, unlike traditional bodywork repairs, there is no need to use special chemicals or fillers. Instead, the techniques simply remove the dent without any damage to the underlying vehicle structure.
For hail or other types of impact that only do minimal damage to the metal, some car repair shops might recommend paintless dent repair for minor dents caused by accidents. But there are times when hail or other projectiles may penetrate the paint layer and actually cause more damage. For instance, if a windshield is cracked by falling debris, a body panel can often be replaced without having to replace the entire windshield. In this situation, it might be necessary to temporarily remove the damaged body panel in order to treat the windshield and get it ready for the replacement.
This technique is also useful for older vehicles with paintless dent repair available. In many instances, the metal panels need to be replaced with new ones, even if the damage is not severe. Sometimes, the only option is to have the panels replaced with new ones, but replacing the entire panels is too costly. Homing in on a section of the damaged metal and using an ultrasonic robot or similar technology to break down the metal into manageable pieces will often resolve the problem.
If the damage is caused by accident or vandalism, the technician working on your vehicle should carefully inspect the bodywork to determine whether the damage is mechanical or cosmetic. If it is a mechanical damage, such as a dent that has resulted from striking something with the bumper, the repair job might include the replacement of the entire bumper. In this case, the technician should remove the old paint finish and allow the vehicle’s new paint to come through. Once the old paint finish is removed, the technician will be able to see into the damaged area and determine which areas of the paint are beyond repair and need to be replaced with new paint.
As with traditional bodywork jobs, paintless dent repair work cannot be attempted by someone who is not highly trained in this process. The highly trained technicians will usually require access to a paint-cleaning fluid to ensure the bodywork is thoroughly cleaned of any debris or other substances that could prevent a good painting job when the repair is made. Depending on the level of damage, there may also be a need for new bumpers. In this case, it is wise to choose a body shop that uses the most advanced techniques to ensure the best possible repair job.
Sometimes paintless dent repair can also mean that small dings or dents will not be repaired. These dings and dents may seem unnoticeable at first, but they are actually very noticeable to other drivers. For example, if you had a large dent in your fender that was repaired without using new paint, other people would notice your vehicle. Small dings and dents will often be repaired without requiring any paint, but it is wise to get it checked out just to be on the safe side. It is also important to note that sometimes these small damage repairs will still need some type of paint to cover them up before they become permanent.
There are many reasons why a paintless dent repair can be a cheaper option than having it replaced with a new bumper, but it is important to note that certain dings and dents will not be repaired using PDR. Some dings and dents can be fixed using PDR, but in many cases, including larger dings and dents will require the replacement of the bumper. If you have small dings and dents that are not repairable using PDR, it is wise to contact a reputable body shop to determine if it can be repaired or not.