Auto Body Repair – Using Paintless Dent Repair Techniques
Paintless Dent Repair refers to a technique of eliminating small dents in a car’s body that cannot be fixed by patching. As long as the paint is still intact, a wide assortment of automotive damage can be repaired by using paintless dent repair. Paintless car repair can also be used on steel and aluminum panels. Although these types of techniques are similar to traditional techniques used for paint protection, there are key differences that can help make the practice more efficient and less costly. The most noticeable difference between traditional techniques and paintless repair is that a paintless repair does not require a coat of paint. Therefore, if a small dent remains after traditional repair techniques have been tried, paintless repair will often work just as well to completely fix the problem.
Unlike traditional techniques, the paintless dent repair process does not begin by filling the dent in order to create a smooth surface. Instead, the technician begins by creating a very low level of crease, or lip, on the surface of the dent. Once this has been created, the technician uses plastic-tipped punches to gently but firmly push the lip into place. The lip created will provide the needed support as the crease is filled in.
Unlike traditional techniques, a paintless dent repair can also be done on a roll-tool or a sander, making the process much easier and less time-consuming. When repairing smaller dents, it is important to remember that most dent repair kits include tools for both panels and the entire vehicle. Some kits are specifically designed for repairing specific panels such as the trunk or roof. Because of this, if multiple panels need to be repaired, it is usually possible to buy kits that have the necessary tools for all panels on a single vehicle. This makes auto body repair much easier when one is faced with multiple issues.