You’ve only had your car a few weeks when you discover a mysterious door ding in the parking lot at work. There’s no note on the windshield.
You’re driving down the freeway when suddenly an unidentified flying object comes hurling toward you and bounces off your hood. At least it didn’t come through the windshield, you think to yourself.
You’re enjoying your summer vacation in the mountains when you lose your grip on the kayak while taking it off the rack, and it smashes your liftgate.
We get it.
We know that sinking feeling in your stomach that follows an accident. And the thoughts that start running through your head…Is this going to raise my insurance premiums? My husband is going to kill me! I’m leaving on vacation next week, I don’t have time to deal with this right now…
Relax. We’ve got you covered.
Many of the dents we fix can be repaired the same day and made to look as though it never happened. We don’t have a time machine, but we’ve got the next best thing.
Our reviews speak for themselves.
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Contrary to popular belief, dents don’t just “pop” out. We wish they did. To get the panel perfectly smooth again, it’s a meticulous process of small, repetitive movements: pushing, pulling, tapping, and blending the metal back to its original shape using specialized rods and hammers. The technique requires finesse more than force.
Think of Paintless Dent Removal (PDR) like arthroscopic surgery. It ‘s a minimally invasive procedure that requires specialized tools and a highly-skilled surgeon (aka dent guy).
The first thing we do is clean off the panel and shine lights on the damaged area. These lights reveal every nuance of the damage, often more than you can visualize with the naked eye.
The next thing we do is look for the least invasive way to get a tool to the backside of the panel. For a door, typically we would insert the tool in the window opening (using a felt-covered window protector).
On a fender, bedside or quarter panel, we may need to remove the taillight or headlight to gain access to a factory-made opening. On a roof or hood, we would need to remove or release any interior trim pieces to allow the tool to touch the backside of the metal.
Once the tool is on the back of the metal, we gradually re-shape the dent using small, precise, incremental pushes.
If access to the back of the metal isn’t possible (as with a roof rail that has curtain airbags, or a cab corner that has structural reinforcement), then we can use a secondary technique to pull the dent from the outside using a plastic tab, hot glue, and a slidehammer. Don’t try this at home, folks.
Once the dent has been repaired, we carefully reinstall any trim pieces, headlights, or interior panels that were removed during the repair process.
What Result Can I Expect?
We always aim for a perfect repair.
Depending on the depth and location of the dent, a perfect repair isn’t always possible. The laws of physics apply!
We will let you know before we perform any work if there’s a possibility the outcome will be less than perfect.
Advantages of PDR
The main advantage of Paintless Dent Repair over a conventional body shop repair is that we don’t add or take away any of your car’s original factory paint, so your car stays as close to new as possible. If you sell or trade in your vehicle, there are no eyebrows raised or questions asked. Did you know that some car dealers use an electronic paint meter to detect if a panel has been re-sprayed? Also, your Carfax report is never altered by any work that we perform.
With a conventional repair at a traditional body shop, there’s always a risk of paint defects, paint not matching, or warranty issues down the road. All of this hassle can be eliminated using Paintless Dent Repair.
Most repairs are complete in a day, saving you time and money.
There’s also a significant environmental advantage to using Paintless Dent Repair, since we don’t use any harsh chemicals, adhesives, tape, fillers, or paint that require hazardous waste disposal.
How Do I Get Started?
- Call us at (530) 570-5702 to schedule an appointment for an estimate.
- Once we assess the damage in person, we will tell you up front what kind of result you can expect, how long it will take, and how much it will cost.
It’s really that simple!