Deep Fender Dent on a 2012 Escape

Recently on garbage day, these dents were the result when my customer was backing out of her driveway and ran into her organics bin. She contacted me to see if paintless dent removal would work on her fender.

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I couldn’t believe an organics bin could do so much damage. The body line on the fender was totally crushed!

It took me awhile but with the right selection of dent repair tools and heat, I was really happy with the results. And so was my customer!

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And here is the other angle of the dent repair:

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Glue Pullers

I bought my first glue puller in 2005 from Wurth, a company based in Germany. I remember using it at the time and being pretty disappointed. The stock glue that came in the kit wouldn’t adhere to the panel that well and it was pretty much useless. Fast forward to 2010 and suddenly, with the advent of better glue and tabs, it’s amazing how good this paintless dent removal tool can now be.

A glue puller lets you pull out dents from the surface of the panel without damaging the paint. I usually won’t pull any dents out with a glue puller unless I’m sure it’s original paint and no older than 10 years. However, I have pulled some hail dents out of a roof recently on an originally painted 14 year old BMW without any problems.

Here’s a recent glue pull job I did for a local auto body repair shop. The car pictured is a 2010 Audi A4 and the dent measured out to be about 5 inches running horizontally.

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Sometimes you can access the dent on the quarter panel of a vehicle with a long rod by removing the tail light but for this particular car it wasn’t an option because the gas filler would obstruct access.

Behind the wheel liner fabric there are some factory holes on the Audi but they are not close enough to use for access with a small hand tool. Drilling in the door jamb of the car could provide access to the dent on some makes and models but there’s no way any reputable auto body repair shop would allow this as an option. This is an option that I avoid like the plague and what I feel separates us from some paintless dent removal competitors out there.

As you can see the dent was wider near the gas lid and got thinner as it traveled closer to the door. This made it challenging when glue pulling and I was very careful not to over pull any area.

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Paintless Dent Repair Tools

Have you tried out our redesigned website’s new slide bar on our before and after pictures*? That thing blows me away. And I wish dents were that easy to repair.

Unfortunately, they are not. It takes years of practice and experience in the trenches to remove some of those dents. It also takes time to build up a good arsenal of paintless dent tools. We have done a lot of research over the years online and in the field to determine which dent tools are worth the hype and which ones just don’t measure up. We have even gone to the annual dent convention in Florida to talk to the best dent repair guys in the business for their opinions on paintless dent tools.

It is truly amazing what the right dent tool will do. The increase in speed and accuracy can be quite mind boggling when I look back to the dent tools that I started with.

And with the increase in speed, we are able to keep our service that much more cost effective for our customers.

*on desktop version of site only

Paintless Dent Removal is the way to go

Summer is upon us and the paintless dent removal business is in full swing. Our phones can get really busy this time of year as drivers give their cars a thorough cleaning and the sun shines on the dents and dings accumulated from the winter months.

Paintless dent repair is a cheap way to get your vehicle looking its best again. Plus with the convenience of our mobile service, you don’t need to spend hours dropping off your vehicle and picking it up again from a shop.

Call us or fill out the estimate form and send us photos of your dents for your free estimate. See you soon.

We Saved a Guy $4800 Yesterday!

My last job of the day yesterday was for a guy named Bob. Bob dropped an auto part on the hood of his beautiful 1967 Mustang creating a 3/4 inch deep dent. This car is amazing. And the trophies in his garage were a testament to that.

I love working on classic cars like these but they also stress me out as I cannot afford any mistakes. But the dent removal went very smoothly. I ended up using a dent repair hand tool with a really sharp tip for bottom of that deep dent that I picked up at the Dent Repair Convention in Orlando.

So I put my bill together and it totaled $180. Bob gave me $200 and said that if the Paintless dent repair hadn’t worked he would’ve had to paint the entire car! His painter quoted him $5000! Needless to say, my jaw dropped when he told me that.

I was really glad I could help him out in that situation. That’s one steep cliff to be perched on.

Is It Possible to Avoid Dents?

I often hear my customers tell me that they park as far away as they can from other cars in parking lots. And yet, they still get dents. I tell them jokingly that our next marketing campaign will involve cars parked well away from anyone else. Now there is our target market!

Recently, a customers and I were talking about how we choose our parking spots in order to avoid the resulting dent repair. I said I never park next to really old, beat up vehicles. These owners really don’t care about the condition of their vehicles to which my customer agreed.

Then I said, I usually pick a new model vehicle, especially German imports to park next to – BMWs, Mercedes. To my surprise, he disagreed. He said a lot of those vehicles are leased vehicles. I looked at him strangely for a bit. Then it hit me. Longterm rentals!!! Total genius, I told him.

Realizing I was speaking to someone who had put some serious thought into the subject, I needed to know more. I asked him what type of vehicles he looks for when parking.

He offered, “You have to look for vehicles that are a few years older, not too old, but a vehicle that is in really decent shape. Now, the owner driving that vehicle is someone who takes care of his ride and is definitely not going to give you a dent.”

And I thought the common thing here was pride. Someone who takes pride in the ownership of their vehicle is the thing that will prevent a dent in your vehicle.

So, consider the advice. Add a pre-parking step to your routine and see if you can reduce the number of dents you pick up.

And if not, we can remove the dents and try to figure out who not to park next to next time.

So Far So Good for 2013

I did have a bit of trouble getting out of neutral from the Holiday break but I didn’t have much time to get it in gear. The phone calls and the emails for dent repair are rolling in at a good clip for the depths of winter. This is usually a good time for planning the coming year and getting caught up on things you were putting off from the busy period. But I’m finding I don’t have that luxury this year.

I’ve talked to a few different people in the car business this week and they’ve told me that they’re either very slow or the business is inconsistent. The dent removal business is going fairly well though. I think it’s likely that because we service different sectors of the dent repair business – dealers, auto body, detail shops and private customers. So if one sector is slow another one is calling.

Here’s hoping that everyone’s business gets a good boost in the coming months ahead!

Dent Caught on Tape!

This is the first time I’ve ever seen a dent being made on video. And it’s a pretty funny one though I’m glad the maker of the dent was okay!!

The dog’s head created a 6″ by 1″ dent in the quarter panel of this customer’s 2010 Lancer. He called me in to do some paintless dent repair on it. Those two snow days were a couple of crazy days as you can hear from some of the commentary on the radio in the clip.

Another Year in the Books!

2012 is just about done. It has been another great year of repairing dents for Josef and I. Even though I’ve been fixing dents for eight years now, I feel like I still learned so much this year.

I have read that to become a master at something, it takes 10,000 hours of performing that skill. I have probably passed the 10,000 hour mark a few years ago but there are always new things to learn whether it is on metal or on the business side of things. Paintless dent repair is a constant process of refining.

Early next year, both Josef and are doing some professional development at the mobile tech expo down in Orlando. We will be exposed to some new dent removal techniques, new tools and we will meet some new people in the dent repair business.

This trip is really going to set the tone for the rest of the year which looks by all accounts to be another busy one. No signs of any let ups for us.

So thank you to all our customers, friends and family for an amazing year and we look forward to seeing you in the new year!

Mobile Dent Repair Helps Out

She wasn’t having a great week. She was on crutches from being thrown from her horse a week ago. So she wasn’t exactly able to get around too well. Then she had a dent on her car that she really wanted fixed.

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Three inch deep dent on the hatch

So on a bit of a wet, cold Vancouver day, I came by and repaired the dent. No need for her to take her vehicle anywhere or get a courtesy car or wait around for it to be fixed. She was able to keep working from home on her computer and came out once to see it once the dent was repaired.

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Dent Gone!

That is definitely a big advantage of the mobile service. You can get your dents fixed even with a broken leg.

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