There is just something about looking at dents in a car. They cause friends, passersby, and potential buyers to cast judgment prematurely. Damages on cars should always be repaired as soon as possible, not only for aesthetic purposes but for functionality and to ensure the car's longevity. Sometimes, auto body repair needs to be left to the professionals; other times, depending on the damage, there may be some do it yourself (DIY) options for you to consider if you want to save money:
As mentioned, you can DIY dents or take the car to a professional. The option you choose will depend on your finances, the amount of damage sustained, and, of course, your competency levels. If the dent seems small, you can try to repair it yourself by lightly pounding at it until it goes back into shape. Simple dents may just require you to use a plunger. The repair is as simple as pumping and pulling hard on the plunger. Another DIY method made famous by the internet is the use of heat. If you have a hair dryer, 'dry' the dented area, and then you can apply cool air to the spot. This heat-cool reaction causes the material to go back into its original shape. The professionals dealing with serious hood dents may replace your hood and then paint it; other dent repair jobs may or may not involve the use of paint.
So, why is it important to repair the hood damage? Hood damage occurs easily and regularly for some people. The hoods are in the first line of impact and the first place someone would attempt to sit on. Waiting to fix a dent in your hood could cause several problems, and it is important to deal with it pronto because the hood acts as protection for your vehicle's mechanics. Dents can collect water easily since they create a bowl. Sometimes, if the dent is deep enough, damage could have occurred to the engine, but you will not know if you choose to ignore the dent. If the dent chipped away or scratched the paint, then the hood is unprotected from the elements and could start to rust. For this reason alone, it is important to take your car to an auto body repair shop, even if the dent in your hood seems minor.
In short, at least have a technician look at dents to get an estimate of how much it would cost to fix them. You might be surprised. Contact a company like High Point Body & Paint for more information and assistance.
When I decided to restore my old car, one of the things that I was excited about was repainting the car. I spent a lot of time researching how to do the paint job properly because I wanted to be sure that it looked professional. I learned a lot about tips and tricks to create a quality finish, and when the car was done, I knew I had to teach others what I learned. This blog is my chance to share my tips and help others to feel better prepared to paint their own restoration projects. I hope the information here helps you to do just that.