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#2525612 - 02/04/12 06:41 PM Can hail dents be repaired DIY?
aquariuscsm Offline


Registered: 12/30/06
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Loc: South Texas,USA
We had a really bad hailstorm last night and my hood has several small hail dings. I have full coverage insurance,but I`m wondering if there`s a way to actually remove the dings myself?
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#2525624 - 02/04/12 06:56 PM Re: Can hail dents be repaired DIY? [Re: aquariuscsm]
clarklawnscape Offline


Registered: 02/03/12
Posts: 292
Loc: Indiana, USA
Yes, if you can get to them, and im sure youll get many replies, but the thing is, once paint/clear-coat flexes like that, in time it will peel and flake.


Edited by clarklawnscape (02/04/12 07:01 PM)

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#2525669 - 02/04/12 07:39 PM Re: Can hail dents be repaired DIY? [Re: aquariuscsm]
CMMeadAM Offline


Registered: 05/21/11
Posts: 321
Loc: IL, USA
Absolutely NO WAY !

It takes special tools, a specially trained technician, and a very special ability in the technician to do an acceptable job.

There are many dent removal specialists is most large cities and suburbs. A google search in our area is in order.

We once had a wagon that some punks rollerbladed over. I thought the car would be totalled. "Dentbusters" totally removed avery single dent and we could not identify where they once were. No painting, no body work, just paintless dent removal. Their work was amazing !

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#2525676 - 02/04/12 07:44 PM Re: Can hail dents be repaired DIY? [Re: CMMeadAM]
Kira Offline


Registered: 08/19/10
Posts: 1178
Loc: Champlain/Hudson Valley
Hello, +1 on the new generation of dent removers. Simply pushing them back out (if you could) wouldn't take the stretch-of-the-metal into account. The first V70 I ever looked at 1,000 hail stone marks on it. Kira

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#2525707 - 02/04/12 08:09 PM Re: Can hail dents be repaired DIY? [Re: aquariuscsm]
ronbo Offline


Registered: 04/04/07
Posts: 615
Loc: western ny, usa
Dry ice, I've never try it BUT Google it for info and videos. Careful, Dry Ice will burn your hands.

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#2525756 - 02/04/12 08:51 PM Re: Can hail dents be repaired DIY? [Re: aquariuscsm]
97prizm Offline


Registered: 05/25/05
Posts: 622
Loc: USA
I've seen the dry ice used but only on large flexible dents. Small pea Sized dents need professional care
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#2526585 - 02/05/12 05:57 PM Re: Can hail dents be repaired DIY? [Re: CMMeadAM]
clarklawnscape Offline


Registered: 02/03/12
Posts: 292
Loc: Indiana, USA
Originally Posted By: CMMeadAM
Absolutely NO WAY !

It takes special tools!

For hail "dings" they basically use small picks to "massage" out the ding. But the sheetmetal, primer, base coat, and clear coat have all flexed, and in time it will flake and peel. Most hail damage repair people are fly by nights, just like "storm chasing roof repair men". Take it to a well respected local body shop, if you want a lasting repair.

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#2526930 - 02/06/12 06:15 AM Re: Can hail dents be repaired DIY? [Re: clarklawnscape]
eagle23 Offline


Registered: 01/11/08
Posts: 427
Loc: Roswell GA
If you have full coverage, let them do it. It's under the "Comprehensive" coverage line with either zero deductible or $50 max. It isn't charged against you like an at-fault accident is, so there's no real reason to take on something pros do really well and most of the rest of us do...well, not so well whistle

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#2526974 - 02/06/12 08:16 AM Re: Can hail dents be repaired DIY? [Re: clarklawnscape]
CMMeadAM Offline


Registered: 05/21/11
Posts: 321
Loc: IL, USA
Have to disagree. Good Techs in this business have complete sets of tools to accomplish succesful dent removel. They are fsr from just "small picks."

And when done properly, the good techs use radiant heat to warm the paint and metal so there is absolutely no paint damage.

We had a show car damaged by hail and the then named "Dentbusters" chain removed every dent leaving no marks blemished or signs of damage whatsoever. Ten years later, there is absolutely no "flaking or peeling."

Taking a car to a body shop for dent removal is costly and totally unecessary when the damage can be repaired without painting.

Lastly it's totally untrue that most hail damage repair people ( Paintless Dent Repair ) are "fly by nights".......the storm chasers may be, but most in our experience are professionals and quite talented at that.

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#2526982 - 02/06/12 08:21 AM Re: Can hail dents be repaired DIY? [Re: aquariuscsm]
pottymouth Offline


Registered: 01/24/08
Posts: 483
Loc: NJ
I'd say if you care enough about your car's appearance to ask this question, you wouldn't be very happy with your own DIY result. As has already been said, good paintless dent guys have extensive training, tools and a certain talent for the job.

Go to your local Nissan dealer and ask them who they use. Very few dealers do this work in house.

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#2527025 - 02/06/12 09:13 AM Re: Can hail dents be repaired DIY? [Re: aquariuscsm]
2Fast4U Offline


Registered: 09/06/05
Posts: 437
Loc: Tampa, Fl
PDR should be able to fix you up good. I had hail damage back in 2003. Hail was almost the size of golf balls. More then 75 dents on hood alone. All were fixed no problem at all. Paint and clear coat is still perfect today. I bet my hood shines better then most people 1 year old cars.

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#2527149 - 02/06/12 11:31 AM Re: Can hail dents be repaired DIY? [Re: aquariuscsm]
45ACP Offline


Registered: 04/03/11
Posts: 1271
Loc: Dallas Texas
Dont they use suction cups? A la "Fix-a-dent" ?

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#2527168 - 02/06/12 11:48 AM Re: Can hail dents be repaired DIY? [Re: clarklawnscape]
45ACP Offline


Registered: 04/03/11
Posts: 1271
Loc: Dallas Texas
Originally Posted By: clarklawnscape
Yes, if you can get to them, and im sure youll get many replies, but the thing is, once paint/clear-coat flexes like that, in time it will peel and flake.


Dont they respray with clear?

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#2527227 - 02/06/12 01:06 PM Re: Can hail dents be repaired DIY? [Re: 45ACP]
2Fast4U Offline


Registered: 09/06/05
Posts: 437
Loc: Tampa, Fl
Originally Posted By: 45ACP
Originally Posted By: clarklawnscape
Yes, if you can get to them, and im sure youll get many replies, but the thing is, once paint/clear-coat flexes like that, in time it will peel and flake.


Dont they respray with clear?


45, do you have real experience on this? My paint and clear coat have zero issues for 9 years and I think the company told me lifetime warranty on their work.

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#2527251 - 02/06/12 01:37 PM Re: Can hail dents be repaired DIY? [Re: aquariuscsm]
clarklawnscape Offline


Registered: 02/03/12
Posts: 292
Loc: Indiana, USA
Im not saying all are fly by nights, but we get alot of hail here in the spring, and all of these people (roofers and dentless hail auto repair) people just "show up" out of nowhere and they do normally offer some type of "warranty", but its hard to get any warranty work actually done in lets say Indiana, when theyre out in lets say New York (chasing the storm) tomorrow. I'm not saying they dont do good work, it does appear flawless, but ive seen plenty of flaking paint on cars that have had dentless repairs done. Of course theres always an exception, as i too have seen these repairs (few) last. Imo its a coin toss. A coin toss that im not willing to make.


Edited by clarklawnscape (02/06/12 01:50 PM)

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