How To Repair a Dent

When you buy a car, you actually run the risk of having an accident, even if you are an excellent driver. The irony of driving around town in a vehicle costing several thousands of dollars and risk damaging it seems difficult to fathom. But, that is the reality of people who invest in automobiles.

With that in mind, and with the hope of having a positive attitude while driving a vehicle, let us now look into minor external car problems like dents. The techniques of fixing car dents over the decades have improved to a point when minor dents can quickly be fixed in much shorter time and with excellent results.

Because today’s vehicles are made of less heavy quality of sheet metal the dings and dents that occur can easily be fixed without having to do the old process of sanding and painting the spot that was dented. How?  First, the particular dent undergoes a manual stroking from the interior of the panel concerned until it disappears. This procedure carefully implemented is done in minutes and no materials are needed.

New and newer developments were made resulting in more effective, but less expensive way of removing dents from cars that were made with a much thinner grade of metal. Nowadays, trained technicians use new tools that can reach dings and dents on any vehicle. In time and with careful training, you yourself can access the damaged area in the vehicle from the backside and then one can massage the metal back until it reaches the top quality of factory finish the vehicle had upon purchase.

One might ask how was it possible for the new technique to achieve such high standard of repair on a dent?  Actually, not all cars’ dings and dents can be repaired in this ideal manner. One concern before making any move for repair is to find out the extent in which the vehicle’s metal was stretched after the impact. A severely stretched metal can suffer more distortion and may lead to more serious paint problems if not attended to properly. Factors like how brittle the coating is must be considered because car paint that is brittle could crack during the aforementioned new process. It should be noted that there are vehicles' coatings that take years to reach that stage of brittleness, while other paints come out of the factory already brittle. In cases of brittleness, also, another technique comes into the picture and that is one that uses a warming process on the dent with a heat gun. This sometimes prevents the paint from cracking.

An interesting fact in car repair situations is that new car owners seem to be terrified having a first dent, much like having a first physical encounter in one’s life. It does not matter how the dent got there, but the first dent can sometimes make a person cringe and despair thinking that the precious vehicle can never be as good as when he first bought it.


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