Paintless Dent Repair Can Save You Money
Paintless Dent Repair refers to a technique of repairing minor dents in your car’s body without using paint. As long as the paint is intact, a wide array of dents and scratches can be fixed using paintless dent repair. Paintless dent repairing can be used on metal and aluminum panels alike.
To start, check the type of metal that is being repaired. It is often best to ask the technician to check the metal yourself to ensure that it is okay. The technician will carefully pull out any metal shavings or dirt using a cotton swab before applying the paintless dent repair kit. If the metal is alright he or she will apply primer onto the area and allow it to dry. Once the primer is dry he or she will place the new piece of metal on top of the old piece.
Next, the technician will paint the damaged area using either an airbrush or a cotton ball. Some dents and scratches may require additional masking or covering. Most repair companies will also seal the panel in order to protect the paint from further damage. Once the panel has been sealed it can be returned to you or taken to a paintless dent repair shop to be repaired. Once the damaged panel is ready the technician will apply another layer of primer onto the panel in order to seal it.
A common problem that can occur with older vehicles is small dents and scratches. Sometimes these dents and scratches are unavoidable. For instance, if you have a door that opens directly into your car, there is not much you can do about it other than to purchase a new door. However, sometimes you can take steps to prevent further damage to your vehicle by taking preventative measures to avoid small dents and scratches. This can include adding mats to your car seats and checking all mirrors periodically for any signs of damage.
Many automotive technicians will also suggest the use of paintless dent removal. This method is less expensive and less time consuming than other methods. The technician will heat a small portion of the dent and then cool it. He or she will then mold this heat into a precise form on the affected area. These molds are used to create the same shape that was created when the dent had originally appeared.
After the molding process is complete, the technician will sand the repaired area and apply primer to the metal. Once the area is painted with the appropriate color the technician will apply a clear coat of wax to protect the repaired area. Some dented metals can take more than one coat of wax. With proper care this process can last a lifetime.