We all love our gadgets and toys to be brand new for as long as possible. Hail storms don’t care about that and when they fall, they sure will wreak havoc. Fortunately, you can repair your car and return it to its original quality by using paintless dent repair tools. After all, what power do we, as humans, have over mother nature?
What is paintless dent repair?
Paintless Dent Removal (PDR) is the procedure of removing dents from the body of a vehicle. The major application of PDR is on the removal of dents caused by hailstones, but it can be used to correct dents that have been caused by minor creases like door dings and others.
Tools used for paintless dent removal.
A specialized craftsman will use a wide range of paintless dent repair tools to massage out dents from the body of an automobile. Professional tools include, but are not limited to, rods of various sizes and length, flat bars, black beauties, whale tails, window tools, tweakers, door hooks and wire tools.
Each dent removal job requires a different combination of paintless dent removal tools, and occasionally PDR specialists will use glue pulling kits, LED lamps and other light readers, just to increase the accuracy of the dent readings. These PDR tools are however too expensive for drivers who lack economies of scale and so it’s advisable for them to pay for repair services than buy their own set.
Conducting a paintless dent removal process.
Let me explain the whole procedure of performing a PDR process.
#Step one: evaluating the dents.
The first thing that a craftsman or specialist will do upon receiving a vehicle is he/she will analyze the extent and severity of the damage to the car. Each dent on the automobile is highly scrutinized and the specialist decides on the best repair method to be used.
After internalizing the damage brought forth, the technician will pick a stop to which he/she will start. The technician will apply the use of a suction-mounted LED to help uncover all the details about the dents.
#Step two: shoving out the metal.
The technician uses paintless dent repair tools which enable him/her to reach very small gaps on the underside of the metal sheet. The specialist will then push the holes upwards, repeatedly, until the metal is stretched onto its initial position. However, dents in difficult positions may need a little bit of disassembly.
#Step three: even spreading of the surface.
Faint rings that will emerge as a result of the formation of the dents and the PDR process will need to be corrected by the use of a rubber mallet and a plastic tap down tool. The ring is tapped and flushed with the rest of the body.
#Step Four: REPAIR IS POLISHED.
Wet sanding is used to correct any inconsistency on the clear coat that may have arisen due to the dent formation or the PDR process. This tactic is used until the coat is completely smoothened and the car regains its original luster.
#Step five: repetition if necessary.
This whole process is so technical and demanding that it needs patience and sufficient training. Therefore, the PDR process should be repeated until the dents are completely removed.
Just like when trimming grass fields using a lawn mower and you have to redo the field to make it evenly spread, the PDR process should be done until the best results are achieved.
Benefits of paintless dent repair.
- Paintless dent repair is 100% eco-friendly, so you won’t be worried about your car needing sealers, primers, or a Bondo putty.
- Your paint job won’t be damaged by a PDR. It is therefore advisable for you to seek the services of a credible repair store.
- PDR can be used on both aluminium and steel panels.
- It’s more efficient to use PDR in repairing your car as it is faster. Depending on the extent of the damage, PDR can be completed within hours.
- It is a cheaper option if you compare it with traditional body shop methods.
For further details and enlightenment on the whole Paintless Dent Removal process, watch the video that describes the whole process: https://youtu.be/nPU4pFl_5Gw