Paintless dent removal, known otherwise in short as PDR, paintless dent repair or hail dent repair, is a process where, if possible, dents are repaired without damaging the original paint. This means that the cost of repairing hail dents on the vehicle is reduced. Of course in some of the more devastating hailstorms with larger hailstones, such a process may not be so viable and conventional techniques will be required if the car is not written off.
The process of paintless dent demoval is rather complicated and requires patience and skill. It takes years of experience to master the techniques and most PDR technicans are able to produce most work with ease applying the right amount of pressure to get a smooth finish and without the need to have cars resprayed from the original factory colour. Technicians have increased access to special PDR tools that have further improved quality.
History of Paintless Dent Removal
It seems that the history of paintless dent repairs date back to the 1940’s when specialist workers at the companies of BMW and Mercedes Benz attempted to remove dents to avoid repainting of whole cars and rolling out more vehicles. Early tools used amongst these skilled innovative workers were the common table spoon! The practice soon spread through Europe and then other industrialised nations particularly in the last 20 to 30 years. With the spread and popular demand for paintless dent repairs have come more sophisticated tools and techniques that allow these technicians to achieve much more without the requirements of respraying.
It now has become standard practice amongst the major insurance companies to have paintless dent removal assessments and quotations prior to any further claims being processed.
Some of the more significant hailstorm events in Australia
Until now, the most devastating hailstorm in living history in Australia based on insurance damage is the Sydney hailstorm 14th April 1999. This storm was spawned in the Illawarra district and produced hailstones to about golf ball sized. But as the storm headed up the coastal fringe near the National Park, the storm regenerated another updraft explosively and this supercell tracked through the southern and eastern suburbs with devastating consequences. No warnings were issued given the storm occurred outside the official storm season. Hailstones in this storm were official measured at 9cm but hailstones to about 11cm or even 12cm were widely reported in the worst hit areas. Probably the best evidence of this were holes punctured in tile roofs even relatively new tile roofs.
Hail dents were reported on thousands of vehicles and many of these vehicles were written off – some of the damage showed plastic inner linings being punctured! It is reported that paintless dent repair work in this hailstorm alone last for at least 2 years!
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