Paintless Dent Repair refers to a method of eliminating minor dents in the body of a vehicle without the use of body filler. This type of repair process uses a non-invasive approach that involves a welding process between the dented area and the repair area using filler metal. A wide array of damaged areas can easily be repaired with paintless dent repair when the paint is still intact. Paintless dent repair can also be used on steel and aluminum panels.
To begin, a small hole or crack is first repaired by the technician. The metal is then heated by means of an arc beam until it becomes pliable. The technician then uses special tools to carefully expose the damaged area of the metal. Once this is accomplished, the technician will then create a match between the exposed metal and the filler material. The match is usually referred to as a “radiating seal” because the metal that is being gaped is now sealed against the adjacent panel.
The next step of paintless dent repair involves spraying the metal with a binder. This helps to create a mold of the exact size of the dent and surrounding area. Once this has been done, the repair technician uses pneumatic repairers to smooth out any sharp edges or bubbles created during the application process. The area that is being repaired should be completely clean and any excess oil should be removed before and after the repair process.
If you choose to repair your own vehicle’s paintwork instead of having it professionally repaired, it is important to consider the proper methods to use before attempting the procedure. First of all, because paintless dent repair does not require the application of primer or color, it can often times cause more problems than it fixes. If the surface you are repairing is painted over, there is a good chance that some of the paint will leak onto the repaired area. This will need to be carefully repaired before the paint can even touch the dented area. Many professional technicians do not recommend painting over damaged areas unless absolutely necessary.
There are many reasons why paintless dent repair is often a better option than other forms of auto body repairs, but there are some things that all technicians should know in order to perform the procedure properly. The most important tools that all technicians should have on hand are special tools known as a paint sprayer and a special paint mixing tank. These two tools can help to speed up the paintless dent removal process, so when you first take your car for the technician, you will already have the tools that they will need. These two tools are important, because they can also greatly reduce the amount of damage that the repaired area will endure. Specialists must also use certain specialized equipment such as grinders, sanders, and buffers in order to properly fill in small dents or small chips.
This is an important practice because when chips or dings occur, the body filler or paint never comes in contact with the metal underneath, so the repair will be much less noticeable. Many times when pdr is used to repair minor dents or scratches, the repaired area will begin to look better immediately. However, if the dent has been there for a long time, it may require several visits to the repair specialist before any visible changes occur. For this reason, it is important to ensure that you understand all the details of this popular vehicle restoration technique.