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Paintless Dent Removal After Hail Damage - Worth a Look?

By June 7, 2010

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Paintless Dent Removal. It doesn't even sound right. Is it really possible to magically repair a dent like hail damage without having to do any paint work at all? I can remember the first time I saw one of these "dent wizards" in action. I was in college and working at a newspaper in Atlanta when a nice pile of large, marble-sized hail fell on the parking lot. The wizard showed up the next day almost as if he had created the storm itself. He set up shop and the hail victims flocked to this guy who was offering to fix their cars for less than a third what a body shop would charge. I couldn't resist the chance to heckle so I lurked in his repair area while he got to work on the first couple of cars. Wow. At the end of the day I was calling him Merlin, because he was able to use his bag of strange iron tools to rub, massage and tickle the metal on these cars into total submission. It was amazing. So to answer the question -- Yes! Paintless dent repair, when performed by the right technician, works quite well! A real money saver.

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June 8, 2010 at 1:57 pm
(1) Holly says:

It’s not just dent wizard, although they are a very large company but there is also alot of smaller better companies out there as well. Just make sure you hear about them from a friend or see their work or at least know that a few dealership use them for dents. Dent guys can take out more then hail, some guys are good enough to take out door dings all the way up to larger dents or even crease dents. Love how you describe the hail guys work and tools. Very Funny and also very true. Moat people think they use suctions cups or some other crazy ideas, but being a dent guys is like being an artist. Only a true dent guy can really make the harder larger dents disappear. Hail is one of the easiest dents to take out, but they pay the best. Sadly there are dent guys out there who can not even take those out. Love it!

June 9, 2010 at 9:27 pm
(2) tyre equipment says:

Paintless dent removal can be also practically used on door dings,minor body creases and minor bumper indentations.One common method i know of paintless dent repair utilize metal rods and body picks to push the dents out from the inner side of the body panel being repaired.

June 15, 2010 at 11:53 am
(3) Bahrain447 says:

Thanks for the good article.

June 15, 2010 at 12:23 pm
(4) Duane Green says:

I have some small scratches in the bumper of my Madza RX5.
Is there anything that can fill or remove the scratches. The auto body shop wanted 500.00.
Thanks
Duane

June 15, 2010 at 12:40 pm
(5) John Callahan says:

Why doesn’t someone spouting all these laudatory accounts say something about how the Wizards do it?
MAGIC?

June 15, 2010 at 3:26 pm
(6) Phil says:

For years, we used CO2 dent removal as part of our detailing process. Using it, hail dents are about the easiest dent to remove. If you do a internet search for “CO2 dent removal” you’ll come up with several different versions.

June 15, 2010 at 3:47 pm
(7) Bob says:

Answer for Duanes scratches.

Use McGuires “ScratchX” product. Find it at any Auto Supply store.

June 17, 2010 at 1:48 pm
(8) Beth says:

McGuires, ScratchX, did not do a thing for me, just cost me a lot of money.

June 20, 2010 at 11:35 am
(9) bodytechkev says:

500.00 may sound exsessive what ever is out there to fill the scratch, will do just that fill it. it will still be there. the body shop will sand it smooth spray on etch primer( which stops rust on bare metal, then aprimer surfacer sand that very smooth, apply basecoat colour (matched via computer data base so huge…..( a totally different conversation there) an then clear coat the entire panel leaving an invisible repair!. YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR.

June 25, 2010 at 12:42 pm
(10) H. says:

I want to know exactly how to do it.

December 15, 2010 at 5:15 pm
(11) King of the Ding says:

Paintless dent repair is an insurance approved and preferred method of repairing auto damage cause by hail. Why? 1) Time saving method, repairs completed in days instead of weeks compared to auto body repair and painting. 2)Cost, often 50% less than traditional grind and paint. 3) Restores the vehicles value instead of destroying it with repainted panels. This is not a simple case of you get what you pay for! It’s just the smartest way to repair a hail damaged vehicle. Traditional repairs are for collision and hard hits. Body shops would be wise to build relationships with the best PDR providers in their area instead of providing misinformation only generated by fear. Cause PDR is here to stay and body shops should use PDR to their benefit.

February 11, 2011 at 11:18 am
(12) Paintless Dent Repair says:

Paintless Dent Removal is method of removing dents, dings, creases and also hail damage repair.

April 1, 2011 at 5:58 am
(13) Angelina Davis says:

i agree with you that pdr is the good solution for the hail damaged vehicheles.so it is the best decission to choose the pdr.

June 8, 2011 at 5:17 pm
(14) Bob David says:

ScratchX does not remove a scratch. No product does!

What you do when “removing a scratch” is remove paint. This is how it is done. ScratchX or ScratchX2 job is to gently & slowly remove paint, layer by layer, until the bottom of the scratch is at the same layer of the paint. The scratch is still there but you don’t see it.
If your scratch is done to the metal it requires a repainting….or if your not to critical using ScratchX will lighten the scratch and then a good wax will do some filling in and it will almost disappear…

August 10, 2013 at 1:52 pm
(15) reports says:

Secondly, the experts have the glues and adhesive materials that a driver
does not, thus ensuring complete safety. If you are using a dent repair kit, you will most likely find a plastic adapter and glue gun included,
and these would be used for that task. The Sonim XP1300
Core is a very well built phone, it can withstand almost anything nature can throw
its way, and mostly anything a human can do to it.

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