Can You Get Hail Damage Out?
The hard part about hail damage is that it’s nearly impossible to avoid while you’re driving. Most hail hits hard on open surfaces such as your car’s hood, roof and trunk surfaces with a multitude of dents. The good news is that it can be fixed, in most cases.
The good news is that hail damage can be fixed, in most cases. Much depends upon its severity.
Repairing Hail Damage with Paintless Dent Removal
Paintless Dent Removal (PDR) is a process that is capable of removing small hail dents that are not deep or severe, and that have not permeated the paint finish. This dent removal method relies on metal memory, the capacity of the metal to pop back to its original shape when pressure is applied to the backside of the dent.
The key to effective PDR is to have an adept, light touch to push the dent past the point of the flat surface, which causes the metal to rebound back to shape. If the surface is overworked or pushed too hard, dimpling or unevenness will occur. The second point is to avoid over expanding the metal, which might affect the paint finish.
To gain access to the backside of dents, technicians go through openings in the doors or panels, or work tools behind panel braces.
The advantage of PDR is that it does not compromise your original paint finish.
Replacing Hail Damage Surfaces
If hail dents are too deep and numerous, repair may involve part replacement, especially of the hood, roof and trunk surfaces, which are frequently the hardest hit. With replacement, damaged parts are removed and reassembled with new factory parts.
As parts need to be ordered direct from the manufacturer, the repair time span depends on the part delivery. In situations where a hail storm covers a large region affecting many vehicles, getting factory parts can take extended time due to an overload of parts requests to the manufacturer. If you get hail damage, get your vehicle into the shop quickly to expedite the process.