When the manufacturer forms a panel, they put contours in the panel to hold it to shape. When a dent occurs, from a hail stone-door-or whatever, the contour becomes distorted. We get to the back of the panel and slowly return the contour back to its original shape using specially crafted tools.
In all but the rarest of circumstances, we can. If there is no damaged paint, the crease is more than repairable.
Most door dents can be repaired in a matter of minutes. Minor dents may take as long as 4-5 hours. The majority of hail damage repairs are completed in 1-2 days. This really just depends upon the severity of the damage.
Side damage access can be achieved in many different ways. Through the window opening, factory holes in the door frame and sometimes the door panel is removed. Roof panels have the headliner dropped down (modern headliners are all one-piece units, no fear of them sagging). The hoods and trunk lids also have their liners removed. Fender dents can be accessed through the door opening, or by removal of the headlamp assembly and on occasion the inner fender must be pulled out.
It’s not the overall diameter of the dent that determines whether or not a dent is repairable. Rather the sharpness, depth, location and type of car the dent is on. Sometimes a dent the size of a volleyball is easily repaired while a dent the size of a golf ball is not.
No. Using dry ice damages the paint on your vehicle and will have no effect on the dented sheet metal.
Heating or torching the sheet metal can remove the smallest of dents. However, the metal must achieve a temperature that will burn the paint or blister it. Sometimes heat is used if the panel is too cold. When paint is cold it is vulnerable to cracking.
No. The temperature necessary to remove very small dents will burn or blister the paint.
Sheet metal is rigid and holds its shape extremely well. When a panel is dented it holds that shape. Once repaired it retains its original strength. Your dent will not come back.
Classic cars, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, or newer, are repairable depending on the quality of the paint. Original finish, in excellent condition, or a quality restoration are the best candidates.
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