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Should I use Paintless Dent Repair?

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Dings and dents have a reputation of being time consuming and expensive to fix. However, thanks to the growing availability of paintless dent removal, that is no longer the case. Although paintless dent repair won’t work for deep, sharp dings, seam or panel edge dings, or creases and dents where there has been extensive damage to the paint, there are still many common dents that are easily and quickly removable. With all the benefits of paintless dent repair, it’s not surprising why both businesses and consumers turn to it as a solution.

Advantages of Paintless Dent Repair

There are several main advantages that render traditional methods of body repair useless. Since it doesn’t involve painting, the whole process can be completed within a few hours at most and, in some cases, in just a few minutes without having to worry about quality or paint colors. Also, many companies that offer paintless dent repair will meet you at your home or business whenever possible. This creates a worriless process without having to use an alternate vehicle or take time off from work. Since paintless dent repair is easy and quick, prices are often inexpensive and can cost even less than $100 for small dents in easily accessible spots.

Although traditional methods are sometimes necessary for external damage such as exceptionally deep dents or creasing, mild dents without any paint damage are best treated with paintless dent removal. Low cost, quick service and consistent success rate are just some benefits that come with paintless dent repair. These are the main reasons why many find it worth trying when they encounter dents and dings on their vehicle.

Problems with Traditional Body Repair

Traditional methods of body repair are known to be a time consuming and expensive solution for minor body damage. Depending on how extensive the damage is, generally the panel is removed and then the damage is hammered out as close as possible to the original shape using a dolly. A repair technician will then finish by either welding or grinding smooth the damaged panel area, or will use body filler putty. Although the welded approach is permanent and nearly impossible to spot even after many years, the most common and cheaper solution is to use a body filling putty which is usually only temporary, lasting no more than a few years. With either method, the panel needs to be sanded smooth before being primed, painted, and reinstalled. Work quality, waiting time, and price of the finished work vary widely due to the various steps required, the amount of work needed, and the level of experience and skill provided.

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