Modern cars are more susceptible to dings and dents than the cars of just a few decades ago. As fuel economy and accident safety have become increasingly important, automotive engineers and manufacturers have designed cars as more of a space frame with the external body panels literally stretched over the frame. These external body panels have been made from progressively thinner materials such that today’s new cars can be dented quite easily.
The external body panels of newer cars are also made of many different materials and are no longer exclusively rendered from simple stamped expanses of rolled sheet steel. Cars have body panels made from materials such as dent-resistant high-impact plastic, soft aluminum, high-strength fiberglass, high-tech carbon fiber, and softer plastic compounds for bumpers and other susceptible areas. Each of these materials offers different properties when it comes to fixing a car dent. Aluminum areas can dent easily, while high-impact plastics, fiberglass and carbon fiber areas may sustain gouges from impacting sharp corners of other vehicles or objects such as parking barriers, fences or children’s toys.
Car dents can often be easily repaired and removed by technicians who have skill and knowledge in this field, depending upon the depth and severity of the dent. Such repairs will typically prove to be too difficult and technically challenging for the average “do-it-yourself” car owner, but professional technicians are specially trained to perform such repairs. If the damage is too extensive, the body panel or bumper must be removed and a new panel painted and installed. However, if the damage is repairable, the technician will use various methods to pull the dent back out of the panel without using any body fillers or repainting methods. These paintless dent removal methods are often highly effective for removing dents, hail damage, and other types of indentations that can mar the surface of a car, without resorting to the trouble or expense of body work. For those times when fixing a dent does require repainting, paintless dent removal can still be a great way to prepare the car for painting.