auto hail repair
According to statistics, hail is the most common cause of property damage in the US. Texas is bang in the middle of Hailstorm Alley and has the highest number of hail-related claims out of all states.
Hailstorms can hit out of the blue, leaving your vehicle pockmarked with dents. If you're in this scenario, you probably want to restore your vehicle to its previous condition as fast as possible.
Are you wondering how to handle hail dent removal?
Read on for some of the most common hail dent removal tips.
The first step to successful hail dent removal is to evaluate the damage.
Are you dealing with a couple of small dents in easy-to-access places, such as on your hood? Or, does your vehicle's roof look like the surface of the moon?
If the damage is anything more than minor, we'd recommend you skip any DIY dent removal hacks and book your vehicle for professional repair.
If you're deadset on a DIY repair, and you're dealing with a small dent or two, you can try the hot and cold hack.
The principle is to apply heat to the dent, followed by cold. The quick temperature swing will cause the metal to expand and then contract, which can "pop" the dent out.
To apply heat to the area, you can use a hairdryer or a heat gun. If you're going to use a heat gun, be very careful not to overdo the heat. Heating up the area excessively could do some serious damage to your paintwork.
To apply cold, you can use compressed air or dry ice.
Some people like to cool down the area with dry ice first, and then apply heat with a hairdryer or heat gun.
If the idea of directing a heat gun at your vehicle is making you nervous, you can also try the plunger method.
The technique is simple, but it'll only work if you can access the dent from the underside. If you try using the plunger on the exterior surface of the metal, this can push the hail dent deeper.
Even if you can access the underside of the dent, we're still not fans of this method. Pushing and pulling at your vehicle's body with a plunger could cause additional denting.
Even if you do manage to pop the dent out with a plunger, you almost certainly won't get the body back to its original perfection.
Another hail dent removal "hack" that people use is boiling water for bumper dents. This only works for plastic bumpers.
You also need to be able to reach the inside of the bumper.
Start by boiling a kettle of water. Pour it over the dented area of your bumper. Then reach into the backside of the bumper and massage the plastic back into place, being careful not to burn your fingers.
Although you might achieve results with this method, it's still a little risky. You might not be able to get the dent out entirely. You might even push the plastic too far out, creating an inverse dent.
If the plastic gets very hot, you might also scald your fingertips.
Dent removal kits are another DIY option you can try. There are lots of different dent removal kits on the market. Most include things to help you push and pull out dents, including:
Dent removal kits are meant to make at-home dent removal easier, but it can still take a fair amount of skill and experience to use them correctly.
You have to know how to manipulate the dents, and what pieces of equipment to use where.
If you've never done auto dent removal, we'd steer clear of kits. You might end up spending money on a kit and a few hours trying to get the dents out, only to meet with failure or subpar results.
According to reports, 40% of homeowners say that most DIY projects end up being more challenging than expected. Autobody work is even more specialized than a lot of home repairs.
Although you can try DIY dent removal, we'd highly recommend you consider professional vehicle repair instead.
Professional hail dent removal is the best option. It guarantees seamless results. If you choose the right service, your vehicle will come back looking exactly the way it did before the hailstorm stuck.
In fact, if you opt for our service, it will come back looking even better, because we provide a detailing service after dent removal.
With professional dent removal, you won't need to worry about rust developing after the hail damage.
Professional dent removal is also more cost-effective and speedy than a lot of people assume. Nowadays, the best services use paintless dent removal (PDR). PDR allows them to remove dents without repainting or filling sunken areas.
This cuts down on time and costs associated with color matching and respraying.
Speaking of time, did you know you can get hail repair done within 48 hours? One of the big problems when it comes to professional hail dent repair is the amount of time vehicles have to spend in the shop.
Often, your vehicle isn't being actively worked on during this time, it's sitting waiting for parts or insurance claim approval.
With us, you can keep your vehicle while your hail damage claim is pending. As soon as the claim is approved and any required parts have arrived, you can bring your vehicle and we'll repair it within 48 hours.
DIY methods can work on certain types of dents, but they can also be risky. You're not guaranteed great results, and you can also make things worse if you're not careful.
With professional dent removal, results are guaranteed. But one common problem people have with body shop dent removal is it simply takes too long.
Here at Express Auto Hail Repair, we don't want our customers to be stranded without a vehicle for weeks. We have lightning-fast 48-hour turnarounds on our hail dent removal service. We also offer a Lifetime Warranty and will provide you with a free rental car if you require one.
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