Hail can cause a lot of damage. In fact in 1999, a single hailstorm on the east coast of NSW caused over $4.2 billion* worth of damage.
That’s why at our Research Centre we carry out hail-gun tests on vehicle panels and residential building materials, to better understand how hail can damage cars and houses.
If hail does damage your car, there are two main ways to repair it.
The conventional method
This involves hammering the panels from the inside, to push out the dents. Alternatively, some mechanics weld pins onto the panels and slowly pull out the dents. Both of these methods require the body panels of the car to be repainted.
Paintless Dent Repair (PDR)
This uses special tools to massage the body panels and remove the dents without the need to repaint, making it less invasive and quicker than the conventional method.
(*Source: Insurance Council of Australia)