If you live in the American Northwest, you know how terrible the weather can be sometimes. It can change from very cold, to unbearably warm in almost the blink of an eye. One of the worst conditions we have to deal with up here is hail. Those tiny bits of ice come raining down on us frequently, damaging our cars, making our roads icy, and hurting us when we walk outside. While we can’t keep the hail from bothering you, we can at least provide you with some hail damage repair tips.
The most common damage done by hail is to our cars. We walk outside after the storm and there is all of these tiny dents on the outside. It can make our once shiny new car look like it is ten years old. Depending on how much damage has been causes, getting these dents out can be quite a bit of work. There are three main ways you can go about repairing the damage done to your car, and your choice will largely depend on the amount and size of the dents, along with how much you are willing to spend.
For those of you who do not want to spend much money trying to get these dents out, there are a few home remedies to consider. The first one to try is warm air. Take either a heat gun or a hair drier and point it at the dent. With luck, this will cause the metal to expand, and the dent will pop out. If this doesn’t work, you can try placing a cube of dry ice directly onto the dent. Once frost starts appearing, remove the dry ice and blow on it again with the hair dryer/ heat gun. If dents still remain, you may need something strong.The second option is to purchase a dent removal kit. There are a lot of these on the market, so you really have your pick as to which one you choose. They range in price and effectiveness, so you’ll need to do your research before finding a good one. Most of these are very simple to use, and with luck you’ll be able to remove even some of the larger dents. Be careful, as some of these are known to scratch the paint, and then you will have an entirely new problem to worry about.
Lastly, if those two options didn’t work for you, and you are desperate to get those dents out, you will most likely have to pay a professional shop to do it. This is definitely the most expensive option, but is usually yields the best results. As long as you take it to a respected shop, you will get a car back that looks like new. You just need to decide how important it is to you to remove these dents, and if it will be worth the final cost. To get a better idea of what you will need to pay, ask the body shop for an estimate before they complete the work. Then you can decide if you want to go through with it.
Hopefully this article will make dealing with hail damage to your car a little easier the next time it happens. The best way to deal with hail damage though is to keep it from happening entirely. If you can, park your car in a garage or cover it when you know bad weather is on its way.