A paintless dent repair technician relies on their tools every day—they’re basically their livelihood. After all, it’s a little hard to push creases out and make a dented finish into sleek, glossy perfection with manpower alone!


However, that technician also relies on another thing: skills. Paintless dent repair tools are not easy to use, and it’s even harder to do so skillfully. That said, even the average person benefits from a basic understanding of these tools, if not to be a smart consumer to gain a better appreciation for how challenging this trade can be.


Dent Heads, a Bloomington car dent repair specialist, describes a two of  the tools of our trade below.

Simple Tools for Skilled Labor

Though paintless dent repair tools are diverse and require a great deal of skill to properly use, they often operate through simple mechanics—that is, through a pulling or pushing action of some kind. Because these tools are so simple, though, a lot of the actual skilled work is up to the technician and their judgement of the feel of that tool in their hands. It’s always best to hire a professional for even something as simple as auto hail damage repair


What exactly is up a reputable paintless dent repair’s technician’s sleeve?


●        Whale tails. Not actual whale tails! Named for their similar shape, whale tails are metal bars with a slight curve at one end and a handle on the other (which may or may not be coated in rubber). They are designed to reach around curves in your car’s finish and press a dent back into place. It’s a rather simple idea, but using the tool properly takes a steady and sensitive hand.

●        Slide hammers. A slide hammer is a t-shaped piece of metal with round bits on each arm. It also, depending on the make, could have a hole in one end to attach it to anything the technician pleases, making it a versatile tool.


Curious About PDR? Dent Heads Will Answer Any Questions!

We’re a Bloomington auto hail damage repair company that also tackles dents left by anything from other cars’ doors to hail. To see what our skilled tradesmen can do for you, give us a call today at 612-986-1171.