Small Dent? Here’s Why We Don’t Recommend DIY Repair

You’re on the highway, and a rock flies up out of nowhere. You come out of the shopping center to find a small ding in your door from the car that had been parked next to you. Happens every day. No big deal, you’ll just repair it yourself, right?

Dent repair may seem easy enough, but what’s at stake—the integrity of your car’s paint and underlying body panel—is too important to maybe do it right.

A Small Dent May Be More than a Small Problem

You may think a dent is just a dent, but often, the damage is more serious than you might think. When a panel is dented, the coat (all layers) buckle. Sometimes, that buckling is more than the elasticity of the clear coat or sealant can handle, allowing air and moisture to directly reach the paint. Over time, exposure to the elements leads to flaking, peeling and possibly rust.

Even more serious the possibility that whatever caused the dent actually caused damage to your vehicle’s alignment.

Why DIY Isn’t a Good Idea

If you attempt DIY dent repair, your vehicle never gets thoroughly inspected. So, if you do have underlying frame damage, you are unlikely to know until other signs of misalignment present, like uneven tire wear. All the while, your safety and that of your passengers is at risk because frame misalignment means that your vehicle will not provide the impact protection it was designed to give.

Also, if you attempt DIY dent repair, there’s actually a good chance you will do it wrong, and that can lead to all kinds of problems:

  • Damage to surrounding areas
  • Mismatched paint
  • Coats not applied thick enough or too thick
  • Use of wrong products for your needs

As you may know from other DIY mishaps, it’s always more expensive to correct what was not done right the first time. So, spare yourself the hassle and unnecessary expense. Bring your car to Quanz Auto Care for professional dent repair. Contact us today to schedule a free estimate.