Aluminum is widely used in the auto industry because of the many benefits it offers. But, when an aluminum panel of a car is damaged, it cannot be easily returned to its shape using the traditional repair method. A paintless dent repair (PDR) job, however, can fix the problem. An article on WorldHailNetwork.com explains why PDR is a better repair option for aluminum.
Unlike steel, aluminum has no memory, so it is not easy to push it back in place. Aluminum requires more pressure when being pushed back and does not hold its position after an adjustment is made. In (collision repair), repairing aluminum is a difficult task.
Aluminum makes a car lightweight and more fuel-efficient. Aluminum is much more lightweight than steel, so many cars these days have aluminum parts. Hoods, deck lids, doors and even roofs and fenders of cars are now usually made of aluminum.
An aluminum panel can be repaired either traditionally or with the paintless dent repair process. Insurance companies usually recommend PDR because it is less expensive and is a faster repair process.
According to WorldHailNetwork.com, if an aluminum panel can no longer be repaired using PDR, it is replaced with a new panel. Moreover, Car panels come as original manufacturer equipment (OEM) parts or aftermarket parts which are made by a third-party supplier.
Further, the new panel is then painted and refinished for it match the rest of a car. According to WorldHailNetwork.com, (paint and body work) shops can repair panels, but the end result is not as good as that of a replacement process.
Glue pulling is a PDR procedure at a (collision repair) shop that can be used to repair aluminum panels. But, according to the same website, the procedure is complex. It is because aluminum does not move the same way steel does. And, the temperature of the glue cools at a different rate.
Paintless dent removal using the glue-pulling procedure can have excellent results, but it is really an advanced procedure in (paint and body work).