How Did Paintless Dent Repair Get Its Start?

In the history of the planet, cars and trucks are a relatively new development… they’ve been around in modern form since the beginning of the 1900s, and even way back then, they were getting dented. Hey, it hailed back then, too!

The History of Paintless Dent Removals

As for paintless dent removal, that concept took shape some 60 years ago or so in Germany. Imagine working at the Mercedes Benz factory there long, long ago. When a vehicle got a dent, some smart guys decided to use a tablespoon and their thumbs to remove and push dents out in the open area of a car panel. It rudimentarily worked.

Since then, paintless dent removal has evolved, with the use of various picks and rods made from a variety of materials over the years, including steel, aluminum and other metals. In recent times, LED lighting and fog shields have enhanced the craft even more, making it easier for dent techs to do their job well. For instance, work used to be done using typical repair shop fluorescent bulbs with no fog shield– and man, was that light blinding sometimes! Today’s combo of LED lighting and fog shields, though, make for a toned down, “nice/dull reflection,” enabling techs to get a clearer view of what they’re working on– thanks modern technology.

Tool manufacturers have come a long way since the days of a tablespoon and thumbs at the Mercedes factory in Germany. Today’s tools have stronger, thinner metal allowing techs to reach the more difficult-to-reach areas behind dents. Many paintless dent removal tools are made from aluminum these days, which helps lighten the tool box load for techs to carry around.

It wasn’t ‘til about 1980 that paintless dent removal came to the United States. Now it’s more popular than ever, and people appreciate being able to have dents removed without the need to repaint their vehicles. Impact Paintless Dent Repair fixes a lot of hail storm dents on cars and trucks in Wyoming, South Dakota and Montana.

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Written by Chad Harley

Chad Harley

Professional hail technician since 1998. Vale National Master Craftsman 2004. Over a decade of experience in collision repair and refinishing prior to paintless dent repair.

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