Fixing Dents with Laminated Glass
PDR or Paintless Dent Repair requires a lot of knowledge, not only about how to get dents out of cars but also about the different materials used in a car. One example is knowing the difference between tempered and laminated glass.
In the case of this repair, we had a 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee with laminated glass windows. The car had slightly bigger than a quarter-sized dent on the front right door. Before we could start the repair, we had to get the estimate ready. The first thing we do is check whether the car has laminated or tempered glass windows. Since laminated glass is easier to shatter, we have to be a lot more careful when taking out this dent. We also had to keep in mind that the door could have bracing on the inside that could make the repair a little tougher.
To create an estimate, we have to scan the VIN to get all the information about the car. Then, using the Mobile Tech RX application, we can simply enter the details of the damage – in this case; approximately 1-inch dent, medium depth, laminated glass, obstructed damage, etc. We also have to consider the metal of the panel. Here, we had to work on a steel panel. However, some cars have aluminum panels, making PDR repairs a little harder.
Once the estimate is ready, we get started by installing the window guard to protect the glass. For this repair, we use a steel guard instead of a plastic one because it protects the laminated glass better. After the guard is installed, we have enough space to push a tool behind the panel and the brace and start pushing out the dent.
Since the weather was a little cool, had to keep the panel warm enough to make it easier to work on. Then, using multiple tiny pushes in the middle of the dent, we can slowly get the damage out. After bringing up the dent, we created a few high spots that required knocking down. The process of knocking down the edges helps release the pressure around the dent and eventually makes it easier to push out.
After repeated pushes and knockdowns, we were able to get the dent out 100% and we could check the results from different angles using our lights. A quick buff and clean up and the car were as good as new. The customer was extremely happy with the outcome and was thrilled to have his car back to its original state.
If you have a vehicle that has a few dents on it and wants to get it repaired without having to repaint it, choose PDR from Premium Dent Repair.