Paintless Dent Repair or Paintless Dent Removal is the technique for removing minor dents and dings from the body of you car by pushing the metal back into its original shape from behind the dent. We use the Paintless Dent Repair technique to repair hail damage, door dings, minor creases and even plastic bumper indentations if they are accessible.
Before using the paintless dent repair technique we have to evaluate the flexibility of the paint used on your car, and the amount of metal that has been stretched by the damage. Today more paint finished allows for paintless dent repair, but with older cars (generally 1989 model year and older) it might be not be possible.
In general, shallow dents usually qualify for paintless dent repair. Our experienced technicians can repair a shallow dent several inches in diameter when the metal and paint are not stretched. If the paint has been broken or cracked, the dent is near the edge of a panel or the panel had previous body repair the technique of paintless dent repair cannot be used. In those cases we might be able to use the paintless dent repair technique to help prepare the damaged panel for a paint refinishing. This will save time and money.
How Paintless Dent Repair works
The most commonly used technique is to push the dents out from the underside of the body panel. A specially designed tool might be used to additionally pull the dents out. No sanding, body filler or repainting is necessary. Fine-tuning of the repaired dent sometimes requires tapping down the repair to remove small high spots, or shrink the metal and making the surface flat. We can use paintless dent repair on aluminum and steel panels. When the process is finished the dent is no longer visible.
Usually the car paint will not crack during a paintless dent repair unless the painted surface is in bad condition or the metal is too cold.
Most repairs can be completed within one or two hours, depending on the degree of damage. Prices also vary depending on the complexity of the damage. A general range is approx. $100 for a single dent, and up to several hundred dollar to repair multiple dents on various panels.