Have you ever wondered just exactly how the collision technician fixes your car dents?
Here’s how the dent repair process happens at most collision centers and body shops:
When your technician first brings your car in the shop, they will clean up the dent to see exactly just how bad the damage is.
Then they’ll consider a few factors in deciding if it’s more economical to fix the dent or replace the part. Factors include:
- How badly the dent is kinked. If the dent has kinks that bend at more than a 90-degree angle, the part will probably need replacement.
- How long it will take to fix the dent. If there’s a lot of labor involved in fixing the dent, replacement might be more economical.
- If the parts can be replaced. If the technician can’t find replacement panels or fenders for a vehicle like a classic auto, then the only choice is to fix the dent.
If fixing the dent is the way to go, then the technician will use one or more methods to pull the dent out:
- Hammer and Dolly: A dolly is a chunk of metal that your technician will use against the metal of your car to support hammering. The technician will hammer till the car’s body is uniform.
- Stud Welder: This tool welds studs into your vehicle’s dent. The body technician then uses stud pullers or pliers pull the studs (and your dent) forward. After the dent is pulled out, the technician removes the studs.
- Pliers: This basic tool pulls out edges and round edge corners off.
- Dent Puller: Imagine a big suction cup and you’ve got the idea of a dent puller.
There are other tools and methods that your body repair technician might use as well; it all depends on the dent and a technician’s tools and preferences.
After the dent is pulled out, the technician may need to use a filler to restore the even surface of the car body. After a filler and hardener is applied, then your technician will sand the area smooth and paint it to blend in with the rest of your car.
Really, how we fix your dent doesn’t matter nearly as much as how satisfied you are with the finished product. At the Collision Center at Bryant Motors, our bodywork technicians are here to restore your vehicle to its original glory. Call us today for body shop estimates, or consider our VIP Rewards Program, which includes free bodywork estimates.