Whether Dents in the Car Door Can Be Repaired

Published: 25th June 2010
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Specializing in paintless dent removal on all types of vehicles, Chris Parsons' company, Precision Dent Removal, has been serving customers in Virginia Beach for more than 14 years. According to Parsons, nearly any dent on a car door can be repaired somehow, but whether or not that spot can be repaired using the paintless dent removal method depends on a few important factors.

Paintless dent removal is usually about half the cost of getting a dent taken out at a body shop using putty and matching paint, so that's why it's advantageous for people to be able to use this method on their cars.

Many Factors
Usually, it can be hard to tell a customer over the phone whether the dent he's describing can be removed or not, because we do so much of the job by sight and need to visually inspect the car in question in order to give an accurate estimate. Car owners should still take into account a number of factors when they gauge whether their dents can be repaired using paintless dent removal. If the ding in question is the result of a stray golf ball, a run-in with a shopping cart, or a hail storm, then there is a good chance that it can be repaired using the paintless method.

The dent removal method we use works best on car doors with dings and dents that range in size from the diameter of a dime to the diameter of a basketball. Usually I'll know that the dent can be repaired pretty easily if the car owner tells me that the paint isn't missing in the area around it. As long as a lot of the paint isn't missing, then we can almost always do paintless dent removal on the vehicle. But still, we need to see the vehicle ourselves to make that determination for sure.

Acid Tests
No matter what part of the car we're looking at, it's important to remember that if a lot of paint is missing then we just can't do paintless dent repair on it. That's the main acid test. Plastic bumpers without any holes or tears are excellent candidates for paintless dent removal as well, as long as they are still attached to the vehicle.

The other acid test that we use to judge whether we'll be able to handle the dent removal for a car is whether the dent in question is any deeper than four or five inches. If it's deeper than that, then we're probably not looking at the paintless option anymore. Instead, most people with dents that are deeper than five inches will need to visit a body shop to get a more traditional repair, which typically includes the use of putty and matching paints.

Large Creases
Additionally, vehicles that have large creases along the size, such as those that have gone through a vehicle-to-vehicle accident, are almost never good candidates for paintless dent removal. Neither are cars that have extensive damage along the edge of the body or in any area that is reinforced with "double metal." That includes the areas along the side of a car's doors, hood, or trunk, since the tools used when handling paintless dent removal can't effectively remove dents from those areas.

Thanks to having been in the business so long, I have handled all types of dent removal jobs for our clients in Virginia Beach. If you want to have your car dents removed, I recommend choosing a dent repair specialist who has dealt with these types of issues before, since the quality of the job that your specialist can do will largely impact the overall value and worth of your car after the repair has been made.

Chris Parsons is a writer for Yodle, a business directory and online advertising company. Find an auto body shop or more auto body shop articles at Yodle Consumer Guide.

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