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Hail Damage



Found a pretty good deal on a 2003 AV, but it has about 5-6 very light dings in the hood from a recent hail storm. Only 1-2 are even noticeable unless you are really looking for them. Roof has one you can see, no others any where else.

Dealer has a body guy working on it Monday to "massage out" the spots on the hood. I have seen light hail damage repared by "popping out" the dings, but this sounds like a different process that is slower and returns the steel back to it's original form. Sounds logical and the dings are light enought that this should work.

Sooo.... the question is, has anyone had any experience with this newer process? Opinions?
Seen it work some miracles in the Prescott, Arizona area a few years ago after a huge hailstorm....but it was really dependent on the guy doing it...there were quite a few hacks and only a few who did the job right. ;D
Last year about this time we had a bunch of hail damage in our area.

Two or three body shops had people come in that specialized in this type of repair. They used cold (dry ice)and heat and were able to fix the dents. I saw two that were fixed and the prior damage could not bee seen.
Iv'e used Dent Doctor in NEW YORK on other trucks. Paintless dent removal. It does depend on the Guy doing it is right. Anyone trained in doing it you should be really happy with the worh.
I believe chief mentioned something about a 'Dent King' or something like that. I think he got it at Walmart for less than $50 and it worked good. might try a search. it was a few months back.
Paintless Dent Removal places work magic on all kinds of dents and dings. I've used dentwizard before (I think they have a website, dentwizard.com). I've also heard that dry ice will pop out most hail damage dents. I know a guy I used to work with, his car was hail damaged and he used dry ice to pop out the dents instead of taking it in.
I think the dry ice method involves heating the area with a blow dryer or possibly heat guy (but not too hot to hurt the paint) and then apply the ice. The cooling metal under the ice stretches the rest of the area back into shape. I'm not sure how hot you have to get the area before hand nor whether you put the ice right on the ding or on the area immediately surrounding it.

they use dry ice or ding it from back side with tiny hammers....

Can look good as new but never know
I know the feeling, was not hail but acorns from a large tree in my front yard. Dented the hell out of the hood, but nothing else, including a Buick Lesabre parked next to the AV. Must be very thin metal they make the hoods out of.