Using Paintless Dent Repair to Take Out Dents From Hail

So you want to know how Hail Damage is repaired with paintless dent removal. This video will show you the professional way that we take the hail dents out of your car using the Paintless Method.

There are some DIY methods of removing dents that may work for you but most probably won’t. You may have heard of taking dents out using dry ice or heating up the dent with a hair dryer and using the cold freezing air from an air duster can  that will pop the dents out. Maybe you can just pull them out with a plunger or suction cup. I have even heard people say they just leave it out in the hot sun and this will cause the hail dents to pop right out. The problem with these methods is that most of them will not work or provide a quality repair and you may just end up damaging the paint.

Professional Paintless Dent Removal

By using Professional Paintless Dent Repair to take out the hail dents, you are choosing the method that vehicle manufactures and insurance companies recommend to repair your vehicel with a better quality repair in a shorter amount of time.

We first have a big quarter to half dollar size dent that is out in the open area of the panel. You can see this in the video showing the underside of the hood. We us a special PDR tool with special tips on it that we use to get on the underside of the panel and then we will likely just push up the metal thus removing the dent.

This method of paintless dent repair you could try to do-it-yourself but if you don’t have any experience with it could be difficult because of the special techniques needed.  We use our special PDR lights to see exactly where we are pushing the dent from under the panel and we make several small little pushes with light pressure “massaging” up every little spot.

Some people have come to me and said they tried to remove the hail dents them self and they have just caused further damage that will not be possible to repair anymore with PDR. What will happen is if you go and push on the dent and you think you just gonna pop it out you actually bust the paint by pushing too hard or you can make little marks in the paint or in the metal from pushing too much.

There is your video demonstration on how to fix the hail damage with paintless dent removal. If you try the DIY Dent Removal method and it just didn’t work out for you or your vehicle got hale damage and you just want the professionals to fix it for you, then give me a call here at Excel Dent Removal over in Blaine Minnesota. My phone number is 763-780-4000 or just visit me on my website at http://www.exceldentremoval.com

Excel Dent Removal
1550 91st Ave NE
Suite 303
Blaine, MN 55449

Phone: 763-780-4000

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Hail Damage Repair

This video shows hail dents being removed with paintless dent repair.

This Chevy SUV had about 40 hail dents in the roof. By removing the headliner we are able to make enough room to use our PDR tools to gently push each dent out from the underside of the panel.

Why Paintless Dent Removal is the Best Option

Paintless Dent Repair is the best option for removing the hail dents from your vehicle. Some of the reasons to choose PDR when you have dents from hail are

  • Saved Time – PDR is a shorter repair process than conventional auto body repair
  • Increase Vehicle Value – You cars value will increase. Not just from repairing the damage but also because repainting you car can decrease it’s value
  • Insurance Approved Repair – Insurance companies recommend PDR for most hail damage repair
  • Safer for the Enviroment – No Paint or harsh chemicals are used in the PDR process. Also, not waste or manufacturing is need for new parts to be replaced

If you are in need of hail damage repair for your vehicle, then contact me today.

Excel Dent Removal

1550 91st Ave NE #303

Blaine, MN 55449

phone: 763-780-4000

Removing a Headliner for Hail Damage Repair

I am often asked about taking out the headliner from a car when we are removing dents caused by hail damage. You will see in this video how the headliner comes down and goes back up with no problems.

This time lapse video will show how we can remove the headliner from this truck for paintless dent repair. You will see how it is held in with just some screws, clips and the side plastic pieces. We take all that apart so that we can lower the head-liner. You can see that the headliner is just one solid piece of material made of fabric, foam and fiberglass that is sandwiched together. We only need to lower it enough so that we can access the underside of the roof panel with our paintless dent removal tools. We usually do not need to take it out of the vehicle. This way none of the electrical wires or the airbag system needs to be removed.

After the Hail Damage is Repaired

Once we are done repairing the hail damage from the roof we will then put the headliner back in place, then putting all the clips and screws back. Then everything is returned back to the way it was. You would never know that it was in for repair.

If you need paintless dent repair for your hail damage, then call me at 763-780-4000 or visit my website at http://www.exceldentremoval.com

Excel Dent Removal
1550 91st Ave NE
Suite 303
Blaine, MN 55449

Phone: 763-780-4000

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Headliner Removal For Paintless Hail Damage Repair

There are a few things you should know before taking you car in for a hail damage estimate. Whether you are taking it to the insurance company or a dent repair shop for the hail dent estimate.

First would be to have the exterior of your car clean and dry. This is so that the person looking at your vehicle will not miss any of the hail dents or damage to the panels. If your car is dirty, hail dents and other damage may not be noticed. This will cause a need to supplement the insurance company for the additional dent repairs needed, delaying the time needed for hail damage repair to your car.

Second, in what conditions is your vehicle being looked at? If your hail damaged vehicle is being estimated outside in the sun, you will not be able to see all of the hail dents. In order to see all the dents, the car should be in the shade or it would be best to be inside. A proper reflection is also needed to see all the hail dents. * See the picture below * A proper reflection and lighting will help with the hail damage estimate.

Proper reflection lighting for hail estimating

Third, be sure to know that the dent repair shop is experienced with hail damage estimating. They should know the “limits” of what can be repaired with paintless dent repair. They should also know what to look for if the vehicle has had other major body repairs. If your car has had previously been repaired and painted with conventional auto body repair, paintless dent repair may not be able to be used on those damaged panels. They should be able to look for damage to the paint from the hail. If the hail dent falls on the edge of a panel, it may have put a stress crack in the paint. That panel then would need to be repainted.

Be sure that the insurance company or repair shop explains the estimate to you. You should know what repairs are being done to your vehicle.

You can get some great information about paintless dent repair and hail damage repair from the National Alliance of Paintless Dent Repair Technicians. They have FAQ about Hail Damage and Info About Hail Repair.

Here is a great article about Proper Paintless Dent Repair Estimating. It is from Autoinc.org an online magazine published for the ASA (Automotive Service Association).

If you have any questions about your hail damage estimate, we would be happy to help you.

We are able to work with your insurance company to be sure that your car is restored to its pre-damaged condition.

Contact Us for your Free Hail Estimate.

When returning a lease return vehicle, the dealer or an independent company will inspect your vehicle for damage that is beyond normal “wear and tear”. The inspector may then estimate what the cost will be to repair this additional damage. They then may add this cost into your final payment or roll it into your new lease.

Most inspectors and dealers will know about paintless dent repair and what the costs associated with it. Though, they are not an experienced PDR technician and may not know what can and can not be repaired with PDR. They may look at damage that can be repaired with paintless dent repair or be repaired to an “acceptable” level of repair. They then may access charges for conventional auto body repair not knowing that the damage could be repaired with PDR. When the inspector charges for PDR they may be using a guide to estimate charges. You will then be charged full price for PDR. If you have multiple dents per panel or more than one panel with damage, we at Excel Dent Removal can offer discounts for multiple dents.

A vehicle with hail damage is also something you will want to have estimated by a paintless dent repair company. With multiple dents on the vehicle, you will want to know what the charges will be before returning your lease vehicle.

This was a repair of a few dents on a 2006 Infinity M35x rear of the deck lid. This car is due to be returned to the lease company or the auto dealer where it was purchased. The cost of repair was $125.

Infinity M35x Deck Lid dents