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Will Paintless Dent Repair Work After Hail Damage?

The average driver requires vehicle maintenance about every 6 months. But sometimes there are damages that need to be addressed between these routine visits. Hail damage is one of the leading problems that require immediate repairs since it greatly devalues your vehicle and can lead to corrosion.

Paintless Dent Repair is one of the most effective ways to address dents from hail damage. In this post, you’ll learn what Paintless Dent Repair (PDR) is and how it can benefit your vehicle. Read on to get an in-depth look at this repair process and why it is the best choice for most hail-related dents.

What Is Paintless Dent Repair?

Paintless dent repair is a method used to get dents out of a vehicle's body.

More specifically, Paintless Dent Repair is a highly specialized process that experts use to get dents out of your vehicle’s exterior. Technicians use tools to massage dents out of damaged panels and bring back to the shape they had before the damage took place. Since hail damage can cause a huge number of dents in multiple sizes, this is a great choice for those looking to repair panels after a storm.

Paintless Dent Repair tools include metal rods and body picks that push dents from the underside of the dented panel. This ensures that there will be no further damage to your panel's exterior. If dents need to be eliminated from the outside of the panel, there are specially-designed tabs to make the process simple and seamless.

Most people who need paintless dent repair also will want fine-tuning to make sure that the vehicle looks as good as new. Technicians perform this fine-tuning by tapping down the repair to remove small high spots on the newly-repaired panel.

How Is This Different From Traditional Hail Damage Dent Repair?

Traditional dent repair is a more complex process than using a paintless dent repair kit. Technicians would need to use a specific heat tool to melt and reshape the metal. They would then sand it down and smooth out the surface before repainting.

Paintless Dent Repair doesn't require any heat or molding - just tapping and pushing. As its name suggests, Paintless Dent Repair also doesn't require a new paint job (assuming that the dents did not chip the paint too badly). This makes the paintless repair process more efficient and speedy.

There are some situations, however, where you will have no choice but to invest in traditional hail dent removal. Some areas of your vehicle aren't eligible for paintless repair options.

PDR technicians need to access the dents from the backside of the damaged panel. If this is not possible they will need to use traditional methods. In these cases, inquiring about traditional dent repair might be your best option. An expert can help you to determine your needs so that you don't need to stress about cost, repair times, or quality.

The Benefits of a PDR Service

Paintless Dent Repair is the best choice for mostly all auto hail repair. But what are the benefits of PDR?

First, it's far quicker and more convenient than its traditional alternatives. This lets you get back on the road with your vehicle as soon as possible. It also means that you pay less since experts don't need to work long hours to fix dents.

It is also easy because you don't need to have your vehicle repainted. This removes the stress of needing to find an exact color match for your vehicle's current paint job. You won't need to worry about paying for an entirely new coat of paint when you can't find a precise match, either.

Because the original paint remains intact, PDR is also much more environmentally friendly than traditional repair options. The process doesn't use paint or any other harmful products. It just takes tools and tapping before you can go on your way.

The Hail Damage Repair Process

Paintless Dent Repair isn't something that you can DIY. You need the right tools and techniques to perform PDR effectively. When you talk with the right experts at Express Hail Repair, however, you can feel confident that your vehicle is in good hands.

We understand that you can't be without your vehicle for the 4-6 weeks that other shops take to perform basic repairs. That's why we pride ourselves on a simple process that only takes 48-hour to complete.

Once you get a 3-Min Express Estimate online, you can also book a free 1-Hour Custom Estimate (valued at $580). This will give us an idea of what your hail dent repair process will look like and we’ll keep you informed every step of the way.

You then take your vehicle home with you - unlike other shops, where you need to leave it with them for weeks. You bring it back for repairs only once your claim has been fully approved and any replacement parts have arrived (if necessary). Then you’ll get your vehicle repaired in only 48 hours. Plus,  if you're 1 of our first 200 customers after a storm, and you have full coverage insurance, your deductible will be fully paid by us. 

Feel Great About Your Vehicle Again in No Time

While hail damage can devalue your vehicle greatly, it's easy to auto hail repair and prevent corrosion. Now that you know what paintless dent repair is and how it can get your vehicle back in top shape, it's time to get started.

Take your free 3-min Express Estimate online right now. You can also book a 1-Hour Custom Estimate at our shop. 


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Team member using specialized tools to work on dent repair on a bright orange 4-door sedan