How Do We Repair Dents?
Here at Lord of the Dings we repair dings, dents and hail damage cars using the paintless dent repair process or PDR for short. Now you may not be familiar with paintless dent removal and that is totally fine. By the end of this post I will hopefully have explained it well enough for you. To have a better understanding on how we repair dents.
Repairing Dents, Dings And Hail Damage Cars Using Metal Rods or Picks
PDR uses metal rods and picks to “push” or massage the dents out from the inside of the damaged panel. The PDR process starts when we gain access to the underside (backside) of the vehicle’s skin. The access is gained starting with the Removal & Installation (R&I) process of the repair. R&I is unscrewing and unfastening the hardware holding up your vehicles trim or upholstery (i.e. headliners and door panels). Doors, hoods and deck lids (trunks) can be removed from the vehicle and placed on a stand for easier maneuverability. Headliners, lift-gates and other interior/exterior parts may be removed to gain access. In return, by gaining better access to the underside of the panel the technicians repairs are of a higher quality. In some cases R&I is not required.
We may gain access by rolling down a window and inserting a window wedge and a stainless steel window guard to safely gain access to the underside of the panel. We then use door tools to remove a dent in the door skin. While using a L.E.D light on the outside of the vehicle’s panel to look at the refection of the dent. A thorough PDR repair does not strictly consist of repairing the outside of the damaged panel. It is also protecting the underside. We use rubber, nylon and plastic tipped tools and also when necessary we tape the tools to avoid scratching the underside of a panel. When we must put metal on metal the Lord of the Dings repair technicians will spray corrosion protection to the back of the panel to make sure that your vehicle is properly protected after your repairs had been completed.
Repair Dents And Dings Using Glue Tabs, Mini-Lifter, Slide Hammer, Knock Down And Hammer
Another way we repair dents is with the “glue pulling” process. Also, referred to as glue puling dent repair or GPDR. With this method the same L.E.D. light that we used for PDR will be used on the outside of the panel as a reflection reference to properly fix car door dent. We use the GPDR process when the ding in car or hail dent is in a location where there is no access to the underside of the panel. For example the “roof rail” or “sail panel.” That is the panel that runs above your doors if you are driving a car that is not a convertible. That panel runs along the side of your windshield as well.
When the car dent is in that location. We will use a glue tab with special pdr glue affixed to the tab and then placed on the outside of the panel. While using the reflection in the L.E.D. light for proper placement of the glue tab. We will use a slide hammer or mini-lifter to pull the dent out from the outside. If glue tab or pdr glue still remains. We will use alcohol as a releasing agent to release the tab or glue from the panel. Then, we will proceed to look at the dent in the reflection of the L.E.D. light and use the hammer or knock down to tap down the inverted or high dent until level in the L.E.D. light.
Lord of the Dings Repairs Dents Using The Paintless Dent Repair Method
Dents will happen. With this explanation on how we repair dents we hope you have a better understanding on how we use our paintless dent repair to repair dents, dings and hail damage cars. With a better understanding of how we repair dents you will be able to make an informed decision on what dent repair facility to use when you choose to get your bran new car dent removed. And as always give Lord of the Dings a chance to earn your business today!