2-cool-button-thing-Paintless-Dent-Repair-SaskatoonPrairie Dent Repair is proud to offer 24 hour turnaround on most jobs. Call us today for a free estimate! Prairie Dent Repair is SGI Accredited and partners with many Auto Body shops around Saskatoon. We specialise in hail and abuse dents. As a locally owned family business, Prairie Dent Repair is committed to providing quality work at competitive prices.

Paintless Dent Repair

The most common practical use for PDR is the repair of hail damage, door dings, minor body creases, and minor to major indentations. The techniques can also be applied to help prepare the damaged panel for paint. Such applications are referred to as "push to paint", or "push for paint".

Limiting factors for a successful repair using PDR include the flexibility of the paint, and the amount the metal has been stretched by the damage incurred. Generally, the more shallow the dent, there is a greater chance of paintless dent repair being a suitable option. Even dents with several inch diameters can be repairable with this method, as long as the dent is shallow and uncreased. Hence, often extremely sharp dents and creases may not be repairable - at least not without painting afterwards, although a very skilled master tech may surprise you with what they can get out.

The most common methods of paintless dent repair utilize metal rods and body picks to push the dents out from the underside of the body panel. Additionally, glue and a specially designed tab may be used from the outside of the panel to pull the dents out. In either case, fine-tuning of the repair often involves "tapping" down the repair to remove small high spot or shrink the metal, making the surface flat.

Paintless Dent Repair may be used on both aluminum and steel panels. If a technician pushes too hard when creating these high spots, the paint will split and crack and the paint is ruined which means it will need to be touched up or the panel will now need to be painted. Master techs will not crack or chip your paint 99% of the time, although if the paint is not in good condition or the metal is cold it can crack and even the very best tech cannot stop this from happening.

When damage is too great but it's still worth it to insurance company or tech they will do something called push to paint which involves them pushing it to be flat and the paint almost always crack but this is okay because the body shop is going to repaint those panels anyway. It saves time and money doing it this way. Quality technicians can use these high spots (NOTE: That a with a quality tech there should be no high spots that are very visible at all) that are barely visible to match the texture of the paint.

Fluorescent lighting/LED lighting, or in some cases a reflection board, is used to see the shadows created by the deformation of the dent. This is an important aspect of the repair process. Without a Paintless Dent Repair board or reflector board, the fine detail of the process is unseen, and technicians cannot locate their tools specifically and cannot remove the damage accurately. Moving the tool under the panel allows the rod to be seen. While this is true with beginning techs a true master tech does not need much to know where his or her tool is.

Most PDR techs have their own style and process for dent removal. The process of Paintless Dent Repair requires a technician to specifically push exact locations of metal to a precise height, which can only be witnessed with use of a PDR reading instrument, such as a Paintless Dent Repair reflector board or Paintless Dent Repair light. return to top

Hail Damage

Summertime thunderstorms in Saskatchewan frequently generate hail. Hailstones are pieces of ice, usually roughly round but sometimes formed in other shapes, which grow in the strong updrafts of air (convection currents) found in the mature cells of a thunderstorm. Such cells extend well into the below-freezing levels of the lower atmosphere, 10 km or more above ground. Hail season runs from May to September.

Severe hailstorms, often accompanied by strong winds at ground level, can do great damage, especially to mature crops, roofs, siding, windows, and vehicles. These storms, travelling at 30â%uFFFD%uFFFD80 km per hour, often track substantial distances across Saskatchewan, leaving long (up to several hundred kilometres) and narrow (from 5â%uFFFD%uFFFD40 km) hailswaths. Within these swaths there is usually a narrower band of damaging hail 3â%uFFFD%uFFFD20 km wide.

The largest hailstone reported in Saskatchewan, and indeed in Canada, fell near Cedoux, north of Weyburn, on August 27, 1973; it weighed about 250 gm and was 10 cm in diameter. This particular storm, and others such as the Pilot Butte storm of August 26, 1995, destroyed many crops ready for harvest. Urban areas are sometimes hit hard too: a storm with baseball-sized hailstones hit Prince Albert on August 14, 1982, producing an estimated $14 million property loss. Many farmers purchase hail insurance on their crops, in addition to general crop insurance. Crop hail-risk underwritten usually amounts to half a billion dollars or more annually; premiums collected and losses paid average $20 million a year. return to top

Scuff Repair

At Prairie Dent Repair, we offer Scuff/Scratch removal on most makes of vehicles. After making an appointment, our qualified technicians will assess the damage and give you an accurate estimate. Paintless Scuff/Scratch removal is a 3 step process involving both the use of chemicals and tools. Not all scuffs and scratches can be repaired without the use of paint, but our qualified technicians can either fix them or help you find someone who can! return to top