Dealing with the most common types of car dents
We all know it is virtually impossible avoiding dents, scratches, and other sorts of car bodywork damage. It doesn’t matter how careful we are when driving, or how much time we spent looking for the best parking space; accidents do happen. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you are going to completely forget about car maintenance or become a reckless driver from now on. However, realizing that it will eventually happen, gives you peace of mind.
Now, that easy-going feeling lasts until you find a ding, dent, or crease on your car, or when you are involved in a fender bender, Nevertheless, thanks to PDR or paintless dent removal methods, you can restore your vehicle to its previous condition, without affecting its original paint. The secret, however, lies in the expert eye, because not all bodywork damages are the same or can be repaired in the same way.
Understanding car dents
Car dents and similar damages are complicated, even when they might seem superficial. Sometimes there is more damage underneath the car paint than what is visible to the human eye. That is why you should always avoid attempting to fix a car dent yourself unless you know what you are doing. It takes a trained eye, to be able to determine the type of dent or damage your car has and the correct approach or technique to remove it efficiently without harming the original paint. It is an art form.
Knowing your car dents
After decades of providing the best PDR services to Colorado car owners, at Auto Rehab, we have gained enough experience and knowledge to classify car dents or bodywork damages easily. Here are some of the most common types of car dents:
Sharp dents are among the most common dent type. They are usually caused in parking lots, on the car body lines or the swage. Substantial impacts like fender benders or minor collisions will most probably leave sharp dents. A small object slamming fast against your car can also make a sharp dent on its panels.
Sharp dents are tricky. Sometimes they only seem like a small round dent, but below the swage, there could be significant damage. Some sharp dents can also create a high spot on a panel. That means that the metal has been forced outwards, bending, or stretching it.
These types of damages are not severe and are usually caused by a rock, or a car door slammed against your car. A ding is minor damage, about ½ inch in diameter and can easily be removed with PDR.
Dents are more significant than dings. They can be different sizes and depths, but always keeping a rounded shape. Round dents can have a shallow pool shape or the shape of a funnel with a point in the middle. Round objects such as hailstones, baseballs, or soccer balls can easily cause round dents.
The position and location where the round dent is found can also determine its source. For instance: Hailstone dents are most often located on the hood, roof, and trunk of vehicles. The main problem with hailstone dents is the number of dents located in one area or panel. Therefore, it is essential to hire a professional PDR specialist to fix your car.
Creased dents usually have the shape of a straight line at the bottom of a dent and are generally found on the side panels of vehicles. This type of bodywork damage is usually caused by objects that impact the car panel. Right after the hit, the object is dragged along it, creating its particular shape. Bike handlebars, door edges, tree branches or trailers are all excellent sources of this type of car dent.
Sometimes you can find different types of damages on the bodywork at the same time, complicating, even more, its repair. Therefore, it is crucial to contact the best PDR services providers in Colorado. Auto Rehab is ready to restore your car.