Enjoying A Beautiful Car

The Pros & Cons of Paintless Dent Repair

by Sofia Murray

Seeing your car with a big bad dent is a sad thing, and you will no doubt want the damage gone as quickly as possible. Thankfully, paintless dent repair is a method many collision centers use to get these kinds of damages repaired pretty fast. Even though this easy-peasy way of getting out dents is highly effective, there are also some pros and cons of the process. Take a look at some of the pros and cons of paintless dent repair. 

Pro: Paintless dent repair is a quicker way to get dents repaired. 

The typical process of repairing a dent can involve multiple processes. The dent first has to be filled with a bonding material, the entire section of the vehicle has to be sanded down, and then the area has to be repainted, which is a process that involves several steps in itself. Paintless dent repair is a much faster process, so you can usually get the repairs done at a collision center within the same day. 

Con: Paintless dent repair is not a good option if there are cracks or chips in the paint. 

If there are damages to the paint in or surrounding the dent, even if it is just slight cracks or chips, paintless dent repair is obviously not the best option. Even though the dent may be able to be removed, the damages to the paint surrounding the dent can be problematic and still make the area look pretty bad. In these situations, it is best if you go ahead and have the area painted. 

Pro: You won't risk having one section of your car a different color than the rest. 

If one part of your vehicle has to be painted after repairs are done to remove a dent, it is incredibly difficult to match the specific paint color with the existing paint. Even though the collision center can get the paint code from your car's manufacturer's sticker (usually located on the inside of the door), mixing processes can differ and there can always be slight variances in color. 

Con: Paintless dent repair only works on metal areas. 

Paintless dent repair works well on metal surfaces, but it does not do well for dents on other types of materials that vehicles are commonly made out of. For example, a plastic bumper is not something that can usually be repaired with this method because the plastic will oftentimes bust when it is pulled back in place. 

To learn more about paintless dent repair, contact local collision repair services.