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Will Paintless Dent Repair hurt the paint on your vehicle?



The short answer is no, but the long answer is somewhat, but not any more than giving your vehicle good compound or wet-sand or washing your car when its really dirty.

Let me explain. Your vehicles come from the factory with at least 120-200 Microns. A Micron or Micrometer is 1000th of a millimeter. We use a paint thickness gauge to test this. Many of the newer post 2016 vehicle and beyond are reading well over 180 microns and that added thickness is in the clear-coat itself. This is because vehicles are simply staying on the road longer and they don’t want to end up like Pontiac. I think we all remember their weak clear coats.

So here is the typical micron breakdown on a vehicle:
40 Primer
40 Paint
40 Clearcoat

If you get a good compound on your vehicle with a machine compound and polish you can expect to loose between 1-2 microns.

Clay-bar and waxing will not affect microns if done properly.

Waxing your vehicle isn't going to necessarily add Microns but it is going to protect the microns that you do have from loosing any more. This is why its very important that you maintain the waxing and polishing of your vehicle in at least monthly maintenance of some kind, waxing your vehicle every 3-6months. I strongly recommend looking into ceramic coating as it will add microns on your vehicles surface and give you added protection.

With an extreme Paintless Dent Repair with some light transfer from whatever created the damage, that might requiring wet sanding or buffing you can expect to loose between 1-4 microns. This will not negatively impact the clear-coat of your vehicle, its ability to reflect UV rays or do any harm to your paint. This includes all of the little taps that we use to adjust your metal from the surface.

Paintless Dent Repair is a far better option than gutting your original paint and replacing it with dentures. This is why we always ask if a vehicle has been repainted prior to a repair. Depending on the quality of the repaint we may be limited in our results. From a professional perspective attempting a Paintless Dent Repair on a poor paint job is a futile exercise. Thats not to mean that we won’t or cant do it, but we may be required to take slightly more microns to offset