Even though hail damage is mostly cosmetic in nature, it can be quite a lengthy smash repair process as multiple panels usually need to be fixed. There are three methods that are used to repair hail damaged cars:
1. Conventional repairs
This is where the panels are completely replaced or repaired using traditional methods. This is the preferred method where the hail damage is large and widespread across the car.
2. Paintless Dent Removal (PDR)
This can be done using either a glue system that pulls the dents out or levers that push the dents out. This is the fastest way to repair a hail damaged vehicle as it bypasses the painting process, but PDR is only effective if the dents are small and shallow.
3. Push to Paint (P2P)
This is the same process as PDR but painting is required if the dent is too big and sharp.
Every hail damaged car is different and the method used to fix it will vary depending on the severity. All three methods can even be used on the same vehicle. A smash repairer should always use the method(s) that will result in the highest quality repair.
We hope this has given you some better insight into repairing hail damaged cars and what to expect at any smash repairs in Melbourne.