Oklahoma city has a great reason to have a plethora of auto paintless dent repair shops. We have the most hailstorms next to Kansas, and Texas. The storms are here every spring and sometimes in the winter months. We have seen it all. It's Oklahoma after all. There are storms that roll in that only do a little damage to homes and people's vehicles. While you have some severe thunderstorms roll in and destroy everything in their path with either damaging hail or tornadoes. The storms have seemed to get rather strong over the last few years and continue to dump massive amounts of hail in the southern plains. We have a good feeling that this year will be no exception to receiving some serious storms due to la Nina.
With the advent of Paintless Dent Removal or Paintless Dent Repair, also called PDR for short. There really wasn't a way to get the hail damaged fixed on automobiles that were fast and effective. Or should we say "cost effective?"
Paintless Dent Removal goes together with hail damage like motor oil to an engine. It is the preferred method of repair when able to be utilized for auto hail dents and other types of large and small dings. It is the perfect fix for dents, creases, door dings, and of course Hail Damage.
The methods of PDR are quite magical in a way. The dent is gently massaged up from the backside of the automobile's exterior sheet metal body panels and then finessed with a nylon or polished stainless steel " knockdown", named so due to the fact that the knockdown tool helps the paintless dent repair technician move the metal around and back into place where it was before the impact. Tools of all shapes and sizes are selected carefully during the repair process as a means of metal manipulation, so the technician is prepared for any and all kinds of dents. Special Led lighting is also utilized to make the dents in the autos panel more visual and the PDR technician more aware of where his or her tool tip is under the sheet metal landscape they are looking at for hours on end for months. The days are long and tiring for the dent repair technicians. Especially the ones that travel and chase hail storms around the country. The method of Paintless Dent Removal is one that only a few know how to perform properly. They have to go through years of training and intense hands-on, over the shoulder mentorship to pull off their predecessor's flawless repairs.
Paintless dent removal tools were designed with the thought of limited access and rigidity in mind while repairing dents from hail and shopping carts. The tools are sometimes created from spring steel, or stainless steel in the new era of this meticulous art know as paintless dent repair. There are even new tools that have come out that are a mix of high strength stainless steel and carbon fiber, which in some cases is stronger that any carbon alloy. They will heat treat the steel to give it strength and rigidity. The tools are used and abused on thousands of dents a year and can eventually break. They usually have a lifetime warranty on the tools supplied by a few vendors. OKC has been sought after for its tools designed by Hail restore. there are many styles and options that will be hitting the market very soon. We have seen everything from magnetic tools that can hang from a specialized tool cart made of aluminum and steel that is completely self-sufficient providing all-electric adjustability, and electric outlets for glue guns and phone chargers. A great deal of ingenuity has gone into the research and development (R&D) of these amazing paintless dent repair tool carts.
The paintless dent repair scene is being flooded with new lighting that is used to allow the paintless dent removal technicians, adjusters and re-inspectors the perfect view of the dents. They are made of a plastic shell and some host electronic, remote on and off switches that allow for the changing of colors of LEDs that illuminate and even the amount of rows that light up as well. Some have been said to allow for the adjustment from up to down with the push of a button from a little keypad included with the led lighting stand and fixture. Each LED lighting company has been hard at it over the last 10 years trying to create the best light for any Auto Hail Damage Repair. The companies all have similar designs and creativity. They must remember that weight and ease of use are critical to the success in sales they chase after.
Paintless dent repair tool carts and accessories are what make Paintless dent repair OKC all come together. The PDR technician has a tool cart that is outfitted with the best tools and accessories that are perfect for the job at hand. They all have the same 4 wheels, places to store hand tools and rods for ease of selection and even a phone holder on the more advanced paintless dent repair tool carts. The technician that travels is the one that tool manufacturers have in mind. It has got to be light weight and have a lot of options. It needs to be able to fold for ease of travel and storage so they can move around from body shop to body shop at the blink of an eye. Some of the new tool carts are comprised of aluminum and have more options than a new Cadillac. They have remote adjustability and storage that would make the biggest tackle box seem like child play. There are some that have built in battery trays and wiring for plugging in at night and allowing the technician to charge all of their cordless tools and PDR light batteries while they are resting.
some even have a drink holder for all of our energy drink junkies that work those long nights on the "hail trail."
Oklahoma city has it's fair share of Dent repair shops and traditional collision centers. However. Hail Restore has it's foot in the marketplace. With auto body and repair being their second specialty along with auto glass and paint. They have a good idea what the future holds. They are one of they few that specialize in all aluminum vehicles and their proper repair techniques that are required to achieve flawless repairs.
Paintless dent repair training is available at Hail Restore and will set you back a pretty penny if you have the time and cash to flop down on the lucrative skill set that they can teach you. Youtube videos and a moonlight dent guy won't get you there. So be intelligent and call the professionals for ultimate paintless dent repair.
Paintless dent repair is an amazing repair process only achieved by those with the wherewithal to muster enough patience to gain the necessary knowledge that it takes to endure an 18hr work day for 4-6 months straight. Dent removal is not only a career chosen by a select few. But, also an art too.