Paintless dent repair is a meticulous technical job that consists of refurbishing a dent in a vehicle body while keeping the original paint job. Because the repair price represents only one-third of those usually requested in classic body shops, many people are still unfamiliar with the whole process of paintless dent removal, which is known to be both economical and eco-friendly.
When a vehicle is brought to a paintless body workshop, the technician follows three steps to fix a dent: evaluating the dent size, fixing it, and polishing scratches to refresh by the same token the paint.
1. Evaluating the Size of the Dent
To evaluate the size of a dent, the technician uses a LED lamp specialized in dent repair and places it on the vehicle body, such as a door or fender. He can therefore establish where the dent starts and where it ends, and then inform the customer of the time allocated to the task and the repair success rate (80 to 100 %).
Most of the time dents will entirely disappear. It is however important to know that some dents have a success rate of only 80 % because of where they are found on the vehicle. In other words, if the surface of the sheet metal is flattened, the repair is easier. If the dent is in a corner or place where the metal sheet is angled or bent, bringing back the original appearance of the vehicle body is not impossible but the dent may slightly remain.
Once the dent evaluation is completed, the technician begins fixing the dent. In the meantime, a customer can enjoy at his convenience a free courtesy car.
2. Removing the Dent
Depending on the shape and location of the dent, the technician may have to remove a part of the vehicle (roof arch, door, fender, hood, etc.) to gain access to the interior and then perform his task. Therefore, he lightly and repeatedly presses against the back side of the sheet metal with specific dent repair tools such as specialized hammers and metal rods of varying lengths and shapes–until the sheet metal has found its original appearance.
After removing the dent and putting back all the car parts to their place, the technician finishes with polishing.
3. Scratch Polishing
Scratches may have been left on the paint after the impact. The last step: polishing those scratches with a grinding wheel and soft polishing pads to bring back the smooth shiny aspect of the paint. It is thus possible to keep the original paint job of your vehicle, which is more economic and ecological.
Paintless dent repair is certainly an ecological way to refurbish a dented vehicle because no sealer, paint remover, paint, nor other chemical product is used during the repair.
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