Every year, car owners have to spend thousands of dollars to repair hail damage. Mostly, vehicles without protection are susceptible to hail storm damage. Hail damage ruins the finishing on the surface of your car and, as well as that, leaves nasty dents. Hood, roof, and trunk are the most vulnerable parts. You can follow the techniques below to repair hail damage at home.
Primarily you can put the car under scorching summer sun, as a part of fixing hail damage. In this way, the surface will heat up and expand. Besides, the small dents on the car will get even. This method is perfect for you if you live in a sunny place. The more you can expose the sun to the heat, the better it will be. However, beware of the sun’s ultraviolet rays, which can, at times, be harmful.
2 – Use a Hair Dryer
Auto hail damage repair is also possible by using a hair dresser. Just aim the hair dryer to the areas you want to fix, and wait until the dents even out. While using a hair dryer, there should be an interval of 2 minutes.
Never connect the front of the hair dryer with any parts of the car. The front is usually too hot, and so, will do more damage to your car. The ideal distance between the vehicle and the hair dryer should be 2-4 inches. This method will work only when fixing shallow or light dents.
Use Dry Ice
You can always use a combination of hair dryer and dry ice. Simply put a block of dry ice on the affected area and wait for two minutes. As soon as you see frost accumulating and surrounding the area completely, remove the dry ice and use the dryer to fix the dents.
Prevent Hailstorm Damage
If you live in an area prone to hail storm, always remember to park your car in an area safe from hailstorms. And if you are compelled to park your car under the open sky, cover the surface with a medium-thick fabric, with a waterproof cover on the top.
Hailstorm harm is an auto proprietor’s most noticeable bad dream and can undoubtedly be evaded with a couple of preventative strides: attempt to stop your auto in a shaded or secured region, particularly amid seasons when hailstorms are predominant. In case will be leaving town for an expanded measure of time, ensure that your auto is stopped in an encased range and, if conceivable, have somebody beware of it every so often. Open spaces will leave your auto powerless against the rage of this normal marvel.
Certain parts of the world are more susceptible to hail than others. Hail can damage your car as well as your home. There is little you can do to prevent the damage, but there is plenty you can do to fix it. This type of damage usually isn’t too problematic, but you’ll still want to fix it to avoid future issues from developing.
Using Heating and Cooling
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Park your vehicle in a sunny area. This is a popular technique with car enthusiasts. Heat will cause the metal to expand. As the metal expands, the small dents will pop out. Using nature’s oven will take a long time if you aren’t in a very warm place.
The longer your vehicle is exposed to warm sunlight, the more likely this technique will work.
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Apply hot air to the dents. If you're unable to expose your vehicle to the heat of the sun, you can use a hair dryer. Hold the hair dryer 5 to 7 inches away from the dents for two minute intervals. Carefull not to touch the dryer directly on the car.
If the vehicle's paint begins to discolor, stop applying heat immediately. Use wax or a rubbing compound to restore the paint’s color.
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Apply dry ice to the dents. The drastic change in temperature should cause the dents to pop out. Dry ice can damage your skin, so wear gloves when handling dry ice. Move the ice around the dented area to rapidly cool the area.
This technique can be a great solution, but sometimes there'll still be remnants of the dents after popping. Additional repairs may be required.
Applying Kits or Professional Services
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Consider buying a kit. Dent repair kits can be reused depending on the kit. Consider the average amount of hail your area gets. If you frequently find dents after a hailstorm, consider buying a kit.
Dent removal kits can typically be found at your local auto supply store.
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Buy a dent puller. These are simple and cheap tools that use suction to remove dents. They are one of the more common kits for users not as experienced with self repairs.
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Use other kits. There are other types of kits that use suction and a glue gun to remove the dents. These kits sometimes require more patience and steps, but can potentially have better results. They use an arched bridge system combined with a safe adhesive.
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Take the vehicle to a body shop. If you have insurance that covers hail damage, contact your insurance company to file a claim. Dent repairs are a cheap fix, and you're guaranteed the cleanest job.
Consider asking the body shop personnel to use used parts, if needed. This will reduce your expenses.
Identifying Hail Damage on a House
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Look at the weather. If you were out and unaware of a hail storm, check your past weather forecast. This can be a simple confirmation of whether your property was subject to hail. Hail can damage the roof of a house just as dramatically as your vehicle.
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Examine asphalt shingles. Hail will have a different effect to the different types of roofs. For asphalt shingles you'll notice random damage with no succinct pattern. The hail impressions will probably be black in color. You might also notice a loss of granules and the asphalt will appear shiny.
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Examine wood shingles. Again like the asphalt shingles, hail causes random damage without a clear pattern. Look for a split in the shingle that is a brown/orange color. Also look for splits that have sharp corners or splits that have little to no deterioration around the edges.
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Inspect clay tiled roofs. Clay tiles, also known as terra cotta roofs, commonly feature multiple fractures centered around a common impact point. The most sensitive sections of the roof are the corners and the overlays along the edges of the tiles.
Clay tiles are easy to spot because they usually have a clear break.
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Inspect metal roofs. Metal paneled roofs will rarely be punctured by hail. This style of roof is one of the sturdiest made. They seldom become dented because of the material and its proximity to the surface below. You’ll experience functional damage if the seams or edges of the panels become damaged. This will allow moisture to seep through.
Metal shingles damage much like asphalt shingles, and are much less resilient than metal panels.
Filing for House Insurance
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Confirm the damage was hail. Once you notice that your roof has been damaged, you'll need to make sure that the cause was hail. If you experience a serious storm, suspect that it hailed and potentially damaged your roof.
Inspect your roof after a storm.
Look for other indicators around your property for signs of hail.
If you’re renting, contact your landlord if you suspect hail damage.
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Document what you can. You don't need to get a ladder and photograph your roof up close. Take pictures of your house and roof after a storm. Document the hail itself if it's available on the ground.
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Schedule an inspection. Use a reputable roofing company to inspect your roof for a quote. Be careful choosing a roofing contractor. There are many unauthorized companies that can lead to fraud. Only deal with a "factory-certified" roofing contractor.
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Be home when they inspect. Make sure you are around so you can tell them that no repairs are to be done. Reinforce that they are only there for an inspection. Request the contractor to outline with chalk any damaged areas.
Listen for any noises of the roofer trying imitate hail damage onto your roof.
Don’t sign anything.
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File your claim. Locate your homeowner's insurance policy. Organize all the facts and documents gathered about the specifics of the damage. You'll be assigned a claim number by your insurance company. Each insurance company handles the aftermath differently. Be sure your insurance will cover all damages before hiring a contractor.
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