- Paint-less Dent Reduction & Repair
Paint-less Dent Reduction & Repair
Paint-less Dent Repair Technicians
The reduction of dents electronically is possible in many cases where as the dent is classified by professionals as a soft dent on steel panels where the dent is free of braces on the back side, the shape of the panel in this area is flat or convex in shape (not concave), not on body lines or near panel edges. The steel panel must also have "flex" in it. For example, if the metal doesn't move when you place pressure with your finger or thumb it will be difficult to repair with almost any type of paint-less dent repair technology.
In many cases with paint-less dent repair professionals this series of HotboxPDR.com kits based on the 3650A T-Hotbox are used as "cycle time" reducing aids. The key in any type of dent repair is to work smarter, not harder. Getting from point A - the start of the repair, to point B - the completion of the repair, can be done in many cases with just one tool. But one could do it faster with a number of tools, breaking up the process of repair into stages. For example, you may start the repair with a knock down blending technique to shallow out a dent that may be considered as a medium sharp dent where you can see a slight impression or valley in the center of the dent with a pronounced ridge around the dent that's almost like a buckle in the metal. The plastic punch included in all of the HotboxPDR.com electronic dent reduction kits in this case with the optional "red double tipped" hammer would be used to tap down the perimeter of the dent making the slope going into the dent more gradual and therefore "shallower." Next one may possibly need to then tap down around the sides of the valley of the dent once again reducing the profile of the dent from a "V" shape if you where looking at it from a side section view to more of flattened out "U" shape referring to no pointed or creased center areas. By doing this the operator has reduced the tension holding areas of the dent and created a slightly larger but softer dent that the 3650A or 3650B T-Hotbox would have a better chance of getting "lift" and reducing the appearance of the actual dent. The process may end here or a repeat cycle may be needed.
The next possible way that many paint-less dent repair technicians use this device in is in combination with PDR rod work. This may be applicable in two or more generalized situations. Here we'll cover two of them. The first is the technician may be working on a medium size dent or a sharp dent (small or medium size) and when using PDR rods the result may often times lead to a wavy surface or an "oil can" like dent. The 3650A or 3650B series kits can tighten up metal, reduce or eliminate the "oil can" effect in many cases and smooth out the wavy surface. The other common way that the electronic dent reduction 3650A or 3650B T-Hotbox is used in combination with PDR rods is by using it first. The strategy here is to quickly reduce the diameter of the dent by using the 3650A T-Hotbox around the dent (not on the center) to lift all of the edges up. After completing this process the technician will be left with a reduced dent thats much smaller so that they can then push up quickly from the back side of the panel with their PDR rods.
The focus here is working faster and smarter, not harder and definitely not with an ego. Everyone knows a great PDR tech can do wonders with one hand tied behind there back, right? Or with just one tool. But it will take them a while especially in comparison to a systematic multi step process that focuses on shifting to the next tool once the efficiency sweet spot has been exceeded for that one tool. This is the difference between a true professional PDR technician and those that are "stuck in a performance rut."
Time is the most valuable commodity that we have. So many times it takes spending money on innovative tools to get that extra edge. And yes, sometimes you have to spend big to go big. The good news is that this is a one time purchase for most (unless you're buying two or more for your company). There's no consumables, no wear and tear parts etc. Most techs can recover their cost in 2-3 weeks. In repairing hail damage you can recover your cost in 2-3 days!
For body shops, this is a great tool to fix in house all of the "easy dents" on flat or convex shaped panel areas on steel exterior body panels. The other huge advantage is "reducing" dents on blend panels near or around the "RO" repair areas. We all know shooting clear over dents magnifies the appearance of them. So a customer's attention is drawn to them and you're often times left explaining how they were there during the vehicle check in process etc, etc. As a CSI promoter, why not use the 3650A T-Hotbox to just simply "reduce" them and properly document them before and after so that your client is now happy about the dents rather than upset about them!
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