Aluminium Dent Repairs
Our mobile service covers Lancashire, Greater Manchester & North West Areas
Can dents on aluminium panels be removed?
This is a common question we get asked a lot, can dents on aluminium panels be removed? The answer is YES! More and more vehicles on the road are using aluminium instead of steel, especially EV’S (electric vehicles) such, so naturally customers want to know if their dented car can be fixed.
What is the difference between steel and aluminium?
Aluminium is a lot lighter than steel, so this is the main reason why car manufacturers are choosing to produce their panels out of this material. This will bring the overall weight of the vehicle down too, which helps the fuel efficiency of the car. Steel is cheaper to produce than aluminium, so costs for this are taken into account.
How do you repair and remove aluminium dents?
The main factor needed to repair aluminium is heat. Steel has a “memory” as such. This means if we repair a dent by pushing it from the underside with a specialist paintless dent repair tool, it will stay in place where pushed. Aluminium does not do this. Also, it is around 7 times stronger than steel, so it’s a lot more difficult to reshape. To help the dent removal process, we heat it up. Aluminium panels become pliable at 30-35 degrees. This is the ideal temperature to then start the repair. Heat is constantly put into the surrounding area using a heat gun set up on a special stand. Once we’ve pushed, the heat can be taken off to let it cool, and once it has done, you’ll see it’s taken back shape. Paintless Dent Removal vs a bodyshop repair
PDR (paintless dent removal) has benefits over a traditional bodyshop repair when it comes to repairing dents on aluminium. When a bodyshop repairs aluminium, a spot welder and pin pulling is used to bring the dent out. The paint has to be ground off down to the factory e-coat, which has to be reapplied. Once ground off, a aluminium only pin puller can be used, as it cant be cross contaminated with steel, or it rots and corrodes over time. During the repair process, if not carried out properly, the material to rip, causing a bigger repair. But we can either push the dent from the underside like explained above, or we can glue pull it from the outside. This is an excellent method of repair, as non of the paintwork is harmed, and glue pulling works on both steel and aluminium!
Keco Glue Pull Repair System
As a Keco Brand Ambassador, we use the latest glue pulling system to remove dents on aluminium and steel. Another great use for this is on electric cars. It saves the car from being powered down, which would have to be carried out on a traditional bodyshop repair.
Aluminium dents can be removed, so need to worry if the panels on your car are made of this. With the correct tools and techniques we here at Dent Detail PDR can get your car looking back to its best!
You can see a repair video of an aluminium panel on a BMW on our YouTube channel here.
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Can aluminum dents be repaired using paintless dent repair (PDR) methods?
Paintless dent repair (PDR) can be used to repair aluminum dents, but it depends on the severity and location of the dent. PDR techniques are most effective for smaller and shallower dents on aluminum panels. However, larger or more complex dents may require alternative repair methods. The best thing to do is to contact us using our WhatsApp chat button and send us 2-3 high-quality image of the dent damage sustained to your vehicle.
How long does it take to repair an aluminum dent?
The time required to repair an aluminum dent depends on various factors, such as the size, location, and complexity of the dent, as well as the chosen repair method. Simple aluminum dents may be repaired in a few hours, while larger or more extensive damage can take up to day or so for our expert team of technicians to complete. However long it takes, you can be sure that we’ll always keep you in the loop from start to finish.
Can aluminum dents be repaired without replacing the panel?
In many cases, aluminum dents can be repaired without replacing the entire panel. This is often achieved by using a proven technique called Paintless Dent Removal. Our skilled technicians use specialised tools and techniques to carefully manipulate the metal and restore the panel to its original shape. However, severe or extensive damage may require panel replacement.
How do I get a quote for aluminium dent repair?
If you’re looking for a FREE quotation for aluminium dent repair, we would love to assist you and it’s really easy to get in contact with our team. Call us directly today at 07824 426591 or use our online contact form and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible. You may also want to use our WhatsApp chat button!
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