The ultimate guide to repairing car dents and dings yourself.
Repairing a car dent yourself is not for the faint of heart. But if you are determined to fix a car dent on your own, check out this guide on how to DIY auto dent repair like a pro!
Many people with car hail damage often ask for DIY dent repair tips that we can give. Many of them have cashed out their hail damage insurance claim check without fixing their car and are now in trouble with the bank that holds the note on the vehicle. After getting an auto hail repair estimate, some vehicle owners may be unhappy about the cost of PDR dent repair service. Others are just bored and want to fix car dents at home for something to do. Some are actually pretty handy and do many things DIY, from changing their own oil to remodeling a home bathroom. Some may even have a little bit of experience working with auto body shop repairs and know a fair amount what they need to do to make a car dent repair with PDR dent removal. However, we give the exact same answer to everyone, no matter how handy or experienced with DIY car repair they may be, and that is: unless you know what you’re doing, trying to perform DIY paintless dent repair on your car using paintless dent removal is almost always a very bad idea. While there are hundreds of PDR dent repair videos showing someone effortlessly making a DIY car dent repair, most of the guys in the videos are professional paintless dent repair (PDR) technicians. In addition to their years of training and work experience, they are using special PDR tools and dent repair lights that are not available to the average person who wants to try a dent repair DIY. The sheet metal on a car is very soft and will crinkle or bend with only slight pressure. If you don’t know what you’re doing, it is very likely that you will make a mess of the dent you’re working on and that your car will no longer be repairable using PDR. If that happens, your only choice for repairing your hail damaged car will be to take it to an auto body shop to have conventional dent repairs performed. Conventional auto body shop dent repair consists of filling the dent with a body filler and repainting the entire surface of the panel. Unlike PDR dent repairs, which usually take a day or less, body shop repair could easily take a week or longer. Likewise it will cost much more than paintless dent removal. It is important to note that most insurance companies will not cover any damage you cause to your vehicle attempting to perform DIY dent repair, so you will be stuck paying for any repair bill out of pocket. In addition, your insurance company may give you a hard time if you ever have another hail damaged car insurance claim. There are plenty of other reasons why attempting to perform paintless dent repair is not a good idea for most people. (Check out these PDR dent repair frequently asked questions.) If you still want to try and fix a dent yourself, here are a few tips to help you with DIY dent repair:
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