Do you have a minor dent on the body of your car? Replacing dents can sometimes be costly and time-consuming. However, if the dent isn't deep and it isn't located near the edge of a panel, it's possible that you could use a relatively low-cost and quick procedure called paintless dent repair. This is a relatively new process that takes repainting out of the repair process. That saves you time and money and can nearly get your car back to its original appearance.
What is paintless dent repair?
Paintless dent repair involves an auto body repairman using specialized tools to massage a dent back into place. They use the tools mostly on the inside of the panel, but sometimes also on the outside of the panel. Depending on the depth of the dent, it can be done in a matter of minutes.
Paintless dent repair has grown in popularity in recent years, partly due to the improved quality in newer car bodies. Today's cars are made to withstand minor dents and dings. Dents generally aren't as deep on newer models as they would have been on older cars. Also, newer models often have high quality paint that isn't scratched or damaged in a dent, making paintless repair possible.
Why use paintless dent repair?
It's inexpensive: With paintless dent repair, you're cutting out a major part of the job - painting. That reduction in labor usually leads to a much lower price than you'd find on traditional dent repair.
It's fast: When dent repair involves new paint, you usually have to drop the car off at the auto body repair shop. Depending on how busy the shop is, the job could take hours. With a paintless repair, the entire job could take a matter of minutes. In fact, some repair people may come to your home or office and do the job on-site.
It gets the dent as close as possible to the original appearance: One common problem with dent repair is that the new paint doesn't quite match up with the paint on the rest of the car. It could be that the exact match isn't available, so the shop has to use the closest paint possible. It also may be that the repaired dent still has a crease, which can create a wrinkled appearance in the paint. With paintless dent repair, there's no need to apply new paint, so these issues aren't a problem.
Not all dents are good matches for paintless repair. Some dents are too deep or have paint damage. An auto body repair shop can look at your dent and advise on whether paintless repair is a good option.