If your car has a scratch, dent, or ding, you might not relish the idea of paying lots of money to have it bumped out, but you might also not want to drive around with a beat-up car either. This might especially be true for those who may be thinking about selling their car and who know that even a sight nick can mean a reduced asking cost. Whatever your reasons for wanting to fix every minor scratch on your car, you might note if paintless dent repair is an option for you. 

1. Is paintless dent repair a quality fix?

In truth, paintless dent repair might be the highest-quality fix you can get for your car, as it means massaging out the dent from behind or the front, using special tools. There is no bonding agent, fillers, epoxy, or touchup paint involved in paintless dent repairs, so your car will look like it was never dented in the first place. You don’t need to worry about the bonding agent or filler getting cracked and brittle down the road, or about the paint not matching completely when you choose paintless dent repair.

2. Does paintless dent repair damage the paint?

You might think that the paint of a car would get chipped or cracked when the car is dented or dinged, but most of today’s car paints are meant to be very flexible so that they can actually bend slightly. Paintless dent repair shouldn’t crack or chip the paint if it’s still intact when the work begins.

3. Can all dents and dings be fixed with paintless dent repair?

If a dent is very big then it may have chipped the paint and you would need to have new paint put over it, even if you could massage it out. Some dents and dings are also so deep that the metal cannot be massaged out completely and it would need filler material. Also, if rust has been exposed from the dent, this usually needs sanding and new paint even if the dent is somewhat small. Your repair tech can tell you your options and note why paintless dent repair won’t work, if that’s the case.

4. Does paintless dent repair compromise the vehicle’s strength?

Massaging a dent out of a panel doesn’t somehow make the panel weaker; some very large dents might compromise a vehicle body strength and in those cases, you might want to have the panel replaced completely. However, massaging the dent back out of the panel doesn’t leave weak spots along the outside area of the dent or mean that you’re more likely to develop holes in that area.