Mercedes C class coupe - Dent and light accident repair
This Mercedes C class coupe, was due to be returned at the end of its lease agreement, when the unfortunate driver caught the offside door on a rock at the side of the road while taking evasive action on one of our notorious country roads. This job was beyond the ability of most other SMART repairers, mobile or otherwise in the area, and in a bodyshop the bill would have run into several hundreds of pounds. Autosprayer was the obvious solution to the problem.
As you can see, the dent was quite deep, and had crushed and deformed the all important swage line. With modern car panels being so thin to achieve fuel economy and performance, that we all take for granted, conventional panel beating methods will not work. Instead we use a process where a series of brass studs are welded into the hollows of the dent. The weld is achieved in a fraction of a second, and this bust of heat also helps to shrink out some of the stretching of the metal caused by the impact. A tool is then attached to the stud, and the hollow is pulled out. This process is repeated many times, restoring the swage line and panel to as near its original shape as possible.