What to Do After Hail Damage Repair
Your Car is Repaired, Now What?
Here in Billings, we just got hit by a big hail storm over the weekend. For many, there’s that usual feeling of helplessness at the thought that nothing could have prevented the hail damage (particularly for those who do not have a covered shelter or garage for their vehicle). On the brighter side, there’s also some kind of comfort in knowing that if there is any serious damage, there are many experts around who can help with repair and restoration.
Hail damage that requires professional assistance is generally categorized into 2 basic types: conventional repair and PDR or paintless dent repair. Conventional or traditional repair involves replacement of damaged vehicle panels, followed by repainting. On the other hand, PDR is the more modern and non-invasive repair method that allows dent removal without the need for repainting. PDR is made possible through a meticulous process of carefully pushing and massaging each dent until it reverts to its original shape.
Because it does not require repainting, PDR is easily the better choice. Unfortunately, PDR will only work on dents with no paint damage. Which means that if a dent is too deep or has resulted in chipped paint, there’s no other alternative but to bring your car in for conventional body repair. Most of the vehicles that were damaged in this storm have suffered so much damage that PDR can only be done on the sides, but roof panels and hoods are being replaced.
You’ve Gone Through the Hail Damage Repair Process… Now What?
So you’ve undergone the inevitable process of having your vehicle repaired at your chosen auto repair shop (we hope you chose Big Sky Collision Center, but we know that we can’t fix ALL the vehicles out there). They did a good job and your car is back to its original factory condition look. You think the repair stops there? No way! Your car might look as good as new, but there are still some precautions you need to be aware of to make sure the repair done does not get undone. In the next 3 months following your car repair, do the following:
Wash your car…
By hand using mild car cleaners and clean, cool water in a covered area or under the shade. No trips to the drive-through car wash in the meantime to avoid stiff materials, harsh cleaners, and strong water pressure that might ruin your car’s new paint and finish.
Dry your car…
Thoroughly using a soft cloth like microfiber or chamois. Don’t let water dry out on its own as this might cause unsightly water marks.
Park and keep your car…
In a covered garage or shelter. If you have to park in an open area, use a car cover to protect your car from animal droppings, tree sap, and other kinds of debris.
Make Sure You…
Avoid driving on dirt roads and those along or near construction sites. Dust, dirt, and gravel can easily cling to your car and cause your new paint to chip off.
Avoid scratching your car paint by using a hard material such as a rough cloth, a stiff brush or a sharp scraper to remove dirt, dust, ice, and snow.
Avoid waxing and polishing your car. Because the new paint is still hardening, waxing can damage rather than protect and enhance it.
Wait at least 3 months being extra careful in preserving your new car paint; now you can breathe a little easier knowing that the hail damage repair process is now complete.
Big Sky Collision Center Fixes Hail Damage
Since the storm hit we have received a lot of phone calls. We have been telling people the same thing: have your insurance adjuster look at the vehicle first, and then come get an estimate from us. Our hands are tied until your insurance approves the repairs; any quote we give you won’t do much good and will have to be done over again.
Hopefully we won’t have another big hail storm rip through the area for a while. This will give your vehicle time to recover, and allow you those 3 months of extra special care to make sure the repairs look great for years to come.
Need an appointment for hail damage repair? Call us at 406-259-6328.