Hail. The word alone is enough to send shivers down the spine of any car owner. There are few other natural phenomena that are as frequent and as damaging to the automobile, and car owners in large cities who often do not have garage access are especially prone.
The good news is that hail damage in cars is repairable. At Super Euro, a premier auto body shop in Vancouver, we are well-versed in hail damage repair. Here is a behind-the-scenes look at how hail damage in vehicles can be reversed.
Types of Car Hail Damage
Although there is no doubt that hail can be incredibly damaging to your vehicle, there are many different ways in which it can be damaging.
1. Cosmetic Damage
If you’re fortunate, a hail storm will only cast cosmetic damage upon your car. Cosmetic damage can be characterized as hail damage that does not go further than your car’s surface. It may take the shape of small dents in your car, and may or may not affect your car’s paint job.
2. Severe Damage
Unfortunately, sometimes hail can cause severe damage to vehicles. In this case, your car may have large dents alongside a high amount of paint damage.
How Auto Body Shops Repair Hail Damage?
If your car is only suffering from minor hail damage, this can sometimes be remedied with simple glazing. Your auto body technician will sand the paint of your car down before filling the affected area with putty. The filling will then be sanded down and painted to match the rest of your vehicle.
A body filler is similar to car glazing, but for larger areas. In this method, your auto body shop will fill the affected area with body filler before sanding it and repainting it.
Paintless Dent Repair
Paintless dent repair defers to a method that involves the manipulation of metal to restore a disfigured panel. Although it does not work for large dents, this method is still popular as it is incredibly quick and cost-effective.
Windshield Crack Repairs
Hail often damages windshields. When this is the case, special treatment is needed. Oftentimes, if the crack is small enough, a type of resin can be applied that will give the glass the appearance of being fixed. If the crack is large, however, your entire windshield may need to be replaced.
A treatment usually reserved for older car models or damage that covers a large area, heat repair refers to using a torch to move and restore metal. The surface is repainted once the metal cools.
In some cases, the hail damage on your car may be so severe that it will require the replacement of an entire section of your vehicle. In this case, the shop may remove the affected section of your vehicle and replace it with an appropriate section.
Can I Fix My Car’s Hail Damage Myself?
Probably not. While the “do-it-yourself” remedies can be enticing, they simply are not sophisticated enough to combat the scope of the damage that is often done by hail. In fact, if you attempt to fix hail damage yourself by using a hairdryer or ice, as some online guides suggest, you can actually succeed in causing more serious permanent damage to your car.
It is best to entrust your vehicle with auto body professionals, who will carefully apply the proper remedies for hail outlined, as are outlined above. Failing to do so could leave you with more severe problems than hail damage.
Will My Insurance Cover Damage From Hail?
The answer to this is likely yes, although of course, it will depend largely on your individual policy. As long as you have comprehensive insurance coverage that includes damage from storms, the answer will probably be yes. After all, hail is an incredibly common occurrence in most parts of the country.
Your Vancouver Auto Body Shop Experts
If you have had the misfortune of hail damage, Vancouver’s autobody shop is here to help. Our technicians are well-trained and very familiar with the effects of hail damage and can help your car look as good as new in no time using the appropriate methods that exceed industry standards.