This Toyota Corolla in London, Ontario was the victim of what could be called a “walk-by kicking.” That is because is was likely due to the depth, shape, and severity of the dent, that it was caused by someone doing a stomp kick to the side of the door. This caused the panel to crumple and cave in over the “body-line” area and extend toward the bottom area of the door.
Despite the size and shape of the dent, this car was still a good candidate for a “Paintless” or “Paint-Free” repair because the paint was still intact and the dented area could be accessed with specialized tools through an opening in the window molding area. The objective in Paintless Dent Repair is to slowly push or “massage” the dent back to the way it was before the panel got dented. This is a skilled process of reversing the damage and although it may be slow, it is a major time and cost savings compared to what it would require to repair it with traditional body and painting methods.
These large and more complex dents require a particular strategy and plan in order for them to be removed properly and with very little signs of work. A technician who is familiar with larger dents will have a particular game plan for what needs to be done and which parts of the dent need to be addressed first.
After a short while, the large portion of the dent was pushed out and the fine details left over were slowly massaged back into the original shape. This was the largest among a few nasty dents on this car which were all removed before noon that morning. This customer was thrilled to pay less than 1/3 of what a tradition body and paint repair would cost and had the benefit of keeping the car’s original factory paint.