Has a recent Hailstorm wreaked havoc on your vehicle so bad enough that you cannot but fix the car before it is put on the road again? Are you a first timer, or you have experienced a similar situation in times past? Considering the damage, won’t your ass be gored by the time you pay a professional oufit to help fix your car? If any of these questions apply to you, you are in the right place.
Occasionally, environmental hazards like hailstorms and a host of other environmental phenomena of like ilk occur without prior warnings. The consequence of this is the partial or utter destruction of things in the environment. Automobiles that are not parked in garages or other protected places are the most affected by hailstorms, leaving dents of various degrees on the affected vehicles.
There are two approaches which car users can use to combat this phenomenon. It’s either one seeks Professional help or one resorts to the DIY.
For the benefit of the readers of this post, I have decided to provide a step-by-step guide on how to use the DIY approach to fix your hailstorm-affected vehicle using pdr tools otherwise known as paintless dent repair tools.
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Do you know the tools you need?
To get started with your auto hail damage repair, you have to get the following tools:
Portable Torch: This Torch light is needed to inspect the damage done by the hailstorm before you know what your next line of action will be.
Suction Cup: This is an air-sucking valve that is used at Auto Workshops to apply air-pressure to dented surfaces in order to bring them back to shape
Rubber Mallet: The rubber Mallet is a milder form of its metal counterpart. It is used to beat little dents back to shape, without ruining the surface. It cannot be used for big dents.
Soft Damp Rag: This damp rag can be used to clean the dent surface for you to have a better view of the wreaked havoc on your Automobile.
Car Dent Removal Kit: This is the kit that contains the pdr tools that are needed for your DIY Auto Repair on your damaged Vehicle.
Considering a DIY repair?
- Evaluate The Dent: First things first. Examine the effect of the hailstorm on the vehicle to ascertain the degree of the dent. This can be done using the Portable Torch-light, should it not really be a big dent. If it’s a big dent, there’s no need to use a torch—the dent would be easily noticeable. Your evaluation of the dent would inform your judgement about the Auto repair. If it’s a little dent, there’s no need wasting money employing professionals. With your pdr tools and a careful follow-through of the instructions given by the manufacturer, your car will be fine again. However, if it’s something you can’t handle yourself, it’s better you seek professional help rather than try fixing it yourself. You could do more damages to the Automobile than good.
- Try to suck out the dent: Procure the appropriate plunger or suction cup that is big enough to cover the surface of the dent and which you are rest assured can provide the adequate suction pressure that will bring out the caved-in Automobile’s surface—without having any damaging effect on the Vehicle’s paint.
- Tap the dent out with your rubber mallet: In case the dent is not big enough to be sucked out, or the suction cup didn’t fully do justice to the dent, then the next tool that has to be put to use is your rubber mallet. This tool is meant to be used to mildly beat your dented vehicle back to shape, without the vehicle’s surface appearing worse than it was before your efforts to repair it. Its metal counterpart could ruin the surface, which is why the rubber mallet is widely used by most DIY repairers.
- Use A Do-it-yourself Kit: This is the core of the DIY approach. Every DIY step you take while repairing your damaged automobile is
only paving a way for the use of pdr tools. You can get a pdr tool-kit at any shop that sells Auto products. However, ensure you buy the most durable product that best suits your need.
In conclusion, you could check out Mike Toledo’s Youtube Video on this subject following this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9G56WbXS-w&pbjreload=10. Mr Toledo’s step-by-step video is a helpful guide to assist you in your Auto Hail Damage Repair journey. If you found this article helpful, kindly recommend it to others who might need the information. Cheers.