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Hey everyone, my name is Ty Baker. I would like to discuss the different ways auto body workers pull dents. The dent pulling process often makes damaged body panels look like new in an instant. Suction based dent pullers are most commonly used, especially on fiberglass panels. However, body repair experts have pullers that screw into or weld onto the damaged vehicle panels. From there, the pros carefully tug the material back into shape. I hope you will learn about this process to help you understand how your vehicle is repaired after a collision. Knowing how the experts approach the job will help you stay stress free throughout the procedure. Thank you for coming by my website about pulling dents out of automotive panels. Please come back soon.

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Exploring Dent Pulling Procedures

Can You Use Paintless Dent Repair After A Collision?

by Jill Robinson

When your vehicle is damaged in a collision, getting those dents removed is a top priority. In the past, the only solution for dent repair was a labor-intensive process that used auto body filler to correct the problem. With traditional dent repair, the dent must be repainted and carefully blended to match the surrounding paint after it's been filled. A newer option - one which is growing in popularity - is paintless dent removal. This option is faster, easier, and often less costly - but can you use it after a collision? It depends on your damages. Read on to find out whether it's an option for you. 

Where is the Dent? 

One of the main rules for paintless dent removal is that the dent needs to be accessible from both sides. As long as the collision repair technician can reach the back side of the dent, they will be able to apply the necessary pressure to push the dent out while it's suctioned from the front. Areas like vehicle hoods can be ideal for this type of repair since the technician has full access to both sides of the dent. If the dent is in an area like a vehicle door, it may still be repairable with paintless dent removal. However, it will require more work and time (and would generally require disassembling the door.) 

Is the Paint Damaged? 

Paint damage can be fairly common in collisions, but it usually means that paintless dent repair is not the best choice. The paintless dent repair process does not impact the vehicle paint in any way. However, old-fashioned dent removal techniques using auto body filler will correct paint damage as part of the job. Any type of noticeable paint damage (or any paint damage that you wish to have corrected) may mean a more costly repair, though.

How Big is the Dent? 

Paintless dent removal can be performed on dents that are tiny (as little as pin-sized) or as large as a basketball. Creases of many sizes can be removed this way, as well. However, with long creases the removal process is more difficult and will often require more time than the removal of a round dent would. If the dent is larger than a basketball or the crease is extremely long, the collision repair technician will often recommend the bonding approach to repair. 

While you now have a good idea of whether your vehicle can benefit from paintless dent removal after a collision, every case is unique. Talk to your local collision repair shop to determine whether this kind of repair is best for your vehicle! 

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