Very often the front door is subject to being struck whilst in busy car parks. Careless motorists opening car doors, strong winds blowing shopping trolleys etc.
This type of impact may leave minor indentations but can often leave the panel with extremely sharp, highly visible dents. The "swage" or car body line is often the first point of impact for other car doors and often falls prey to nasty sharp, unsightly dings.
Doors are not only confined to minor indentations. Any car panel but especially those on the side are subject to many causes of impact. Many front doors are often seen sporting extremely large and sometimes unrepairable indentations.
The vast majority of front doors are accessed by sliding uniquely designed bars through the gap between the glass and the weather strip along the door top. This method usually allows very good access to the mid section of the door. A glass protector shield is used allowing the Dent Repair Specialist to apply pressure and use the strength of the shield for leverage. All modern cars have impact protection bars and occasionaly the Dentmaster will need to remove full door trims, even handles to allow decent access to the dented area.
Accessing door tops is always very difficult. Most modern cars have an upper door brace, this is an internal metal structure which is there to give the door top strength. Quite often this area is inaccessible even with the door trim removed. A Dent Technician will carry tight access tools though it is very likely that a dent in the door top will have to be glue pulled. Upper door braces will differ greatly in size and complexity depending on the make and model of car. The Dentman will have special tools to very quickly evaluate the situation regarding access to this area.
Minor dents in the lower section of the front door can sometimes be repaired through drainage holes. However for larger type dents in this area of the door it is much more likely that the door trim will be removed to allow sufficient access.
Doors can be accessed in a number of ways depending on the particular area of the panel the dent is in. As the majority of door dents are in the centre or middle area of the door, the most common method is to slide rods down between the glass and the outer weather strip which runs along the dooortop. A protective guard is placed over the glass and the bar is then slid down the door allowing the technician access to the dent where it can then be repaired.
Dents contained in the lower section ,depending on size and severity can sometimes be accessed through drainage system holes which can be found underneath the door. Access through wiring harness holes is also used, infact any hole down to the size of a 1/4" may be used by the dent repair specialist to effect a repair.
Repairs to the very upper most section of the door can sometimes prove very difficult to access. In most doors there is the presence of an upper door brace ( internal steel frame ), built in to add strength to the door top. The door brace can often severely restrict the access to this area, even removing the internal door trim may not give the dentmaster full access to the dent.
Where access is not possible, the glue pulling method may be used on certain types of dents. Quite often dents sustained along the door top are very minor and can be removed very successfully using this method.
The internal structure of car doors differs greatly depending on the make and model of the vehicle, an experienced dent removal specialist will have knowledge of this and will be able to very quickly assess any access issues affecting the outcome of the repair.
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