Modern vehicles are built with safety in mind. Impact bars, airbags and braces all play their part; however can often create access difficulties for a dent master to overcome.
Roof dents can range from very minor to extremely large, depending on the actual cause. Often the glue pull method can be used which eliminates the need for any stripping out. However more often the roof liner will need to be lowered in order to gain access to the rear of the dented panel.
The bonnet is made up of the outer skin and the inner frame, basically a lattice of strengtheners. These strengtheners are bonded to the outer skin giving the panel its strength and rigidity. Most vehicles have a felt liner/sound-deadening pad, which is held in place with plastic retaining plugs. In most cases this liner will need to be removed in order to gain the required access.
Almost all tailgates and boot lids that need repairing need to be stripped of their inner trims. Tailgate trims are usually constructed from hard flexible plastic, whereas most boot trims are flexible felt inners. Rear lights are sometimes built into the tailgate itself, which can often give the required access once removed. Once the trim is removed clear access can be achieved, however occasionally inner support struts can cause access issues that we would need to overcome where we would use the glue pull method.
Most door dents are accessed by lowering the window, protecting the glass, and sliding a rod down the inside of the door. Impact bars and upper door braces can restrict access to a certain degree however most areas of a door can be successfully repaired. Drain holes in the lower door along with wiring loom holes can also be used in order to gain the required access.
Wings are usually accessed from under the wheel arch. This is achieved by removing the felt/plastic liner from the underside of the vehicle. Occasionally depending on the position of the dent, headlights and indicators may also need to be removed sometimes we will use the glue pull method however we can discuss once dent as been seen.
There are several ways to access dents in the rear ¼ panel, depending on the whereabouts of the damage. The rear of the panel is usually accessed by removing the light cluster, or inner boot trim. The central area of the quarter is generally accessed by removing the rear road wheel, taking out the arch liner and going through holes in the under arch itself. There are usually manufactures access holes which allow you to do this. At the front of the panel towards the door, the required access is usually gained by removing the interior trim. This is held in place by pop on/pop off retaining pins which will need to be eased off in order to free the trim.
Plastic bumper dents can also be repaired with access being relatively straight forward. The corners of bumpers are the most likely to attract damage and are usually accessed by removing the lower splash guard. Occasionally the bumper will need to be removed in order to be repaired, however in most cases it remains on the car. Removing and refitting vehicle trims are an integral part of a dent masters daily routine, however will need to be taken in to account when estimates/quotations for repairs are given.
If you have any other panels not listed here please call or email us with the description of the dent and we will be more than happy to help you.