Hail can be a problem to your car’s paint job and it’s body. If hail get’s large enough it can not only dent your car but take your paint off in those areas.
Before you panic and head straight into your local shop, park your car in a warm sunny area. If you keep your car parked in a warm, sunny area for a week, usually 90% of the dents that your car had will be gone.
Heat causes the metal to expand which causes the dents to pop out and disappear.
If your car didn’t receive enough sunlight, you can use a heat gun or hair dryer to attempt to pop the dents out. If the vehicle’s paint begins to discolor, stop applying the heat and use wax or rubbing compound to restore the painted area.
If the heat hasn’t popped all of the dents out of your car, you might need to apply some cold to the area. We recommend using a cube of dry ice. Apply it directly to each dent, and wait for the frost to accumulate on all sides of the dry ice. Remove the dry ice cube and then apply heat using a heat gun or a hair dryer. Again, if the paint begins to discolor, stop applying heat and use wax or rubbing compound to restore the painted area.
If you have insurance that covers hail damage, get in contact with us here at East End Body Shop and file a claim with your insurance company. Follow their procedures and we can get your car taken care of.
Natural disasters can really take a toll on your car. We recommend getting insurance to cover these kind of problems, that way if you are ever met with a natural disaster you know that your car will be taken care of with hardly any sweat off your brow!
Let us know if you have any questions or any tips and tricks that you’ve found work for hail dents.
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Written by: Nicole Weisbrich