With 14 years experience in Paintless Dent Removal and Glue Pull Repairs.
With 14 years experience in Paintless Dent Removal and Glue Pull Repairs.
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Today’s auto and truck makers use primarily tempered steel and aluminum to make main body panels. They utilize plastic and composites for bumpers and ancillary parts but for most of the large body panels they use steel, tempered steel, and, increasingly, aluminum. Manufacturers are even making some frames from aluminum because of its strength, resistance to corrosion, and lightweight.
To repair a dent years ago, body shop technicians routinely removed the panel and pounded out the dent from the back. This type of repair is less and less of an option today because of unibody construction, more sophisticated manufacturing techniques, and because panels often contain electronics like lights and sensors on the front and wiring and insulation on the back.
Technicians use stud welding for panel repair in most body shops. This means welding aluminum studs into the panel, attaching a pulling tool to the studs, and pulling the dent out from the front. Stud welding does not involve removing the panel, but it still requires substantial pounding, filling, sculpting, and finish work.
Anyone who has ever stud welded to repair a dent can tell you it can present problems. Aluminum studs often pop off during the pull, which means you may have to re-weld or try to make the pull with the remaining studs, perhaps inviting more damage if that doesn’t work. In addition, when removing the studs after the pull, you can easily tear holes in the metal, giving you more repairs to make. When you are finally done with your pull, you have to remove the studs, skim coat, and finish the area.
The reason studs sometimes pull out is because they cover too little surface area on the panel. The surface area is not large enough to sustain the force of the pull. As a result, when you pull, you often rip holes in the panel as the studs pull out because there is too little surface area and therefore too little strength in the metal for the pull. How, then, to increase the surface area to pull without welding more studs?
With glue pull repair (GPR), you attach a plastic piece, called a tab, to the damaged area. The tab covers much more surface area than a stud so you have more area of the dent to pull with. This allows you to apply more pulling power without fear of additional damage to the panel in the form of holes. In addition, because you do no stud welding, you do not violate the surface of the panel.
GPR provides an efficient, clean way to pull the dent. With its tab-and-adhesive method of pulling, after the adhesive is dry, you attach your pull tool to the tab and pull the dent out. Once you’ve pulled the dent, you simply remove the adhesive, do some minor skim coating and finishing, and you’re through. No studs breaking off, no additional holes to fill as a result.
Another advantage of GPR is that, in addition to avoiding damage to electronics and insulation on the panel, it minimizes damage to the OEM finish and to the e-coat. Although the surface area the tab covers is greater than a stud and therefore better for pulling, the tab and the adhesive used to attach it to the panel leave little or no damage compared to a welded stud. Frequently, after you have pounded down a few high spots and have done some minor filling and finishing, the job is done and you’re free to move on to the next one.
GPR is far less intrusive than stud-weld pulling and gives you more surface area to work with. The result is you have more power to pull, with way less damage to the panel and therefore less filling, priming, and painting. Overall, you expend less effort and time on the pull itself and much less time and effort on the finishing end. That is a combination that is hard to beat.
GPR began in the early 2000s. But the adhesives and tabs back then were weak so they broke often, and tool systems were not readily available. As a result, technicians only used the “magic” of GPR on lighter pulls and to accent body shop work on large pulls. Since those early years, KECO has been at the forefront of improving these techniques and tools and has taken them to a level that allows body shops to adopt them with ease.
The basic GPR technique is simple. After cleaning the surface to prep it, you pull the dent out from the front using an adhered “tab” that you attach to the panel with high-strength, removable adhesive and a pulling tool or device. After you’re done with the pull you may have to knock down some high spots in the same manner as you work today. But aside from some minor filling, priming, and painting, in most cases, you’re done.
Also with GPR, there is no need to maintain separate work areas for aluminum and steel body work in your shop. The preparation, the pull techniques and tools, and the finish work is the same for both metals.
Learning GPR requires not only prepping the surface by cleaning it but, equally as important, making sure the temperature is right—for both the panel and the glue. Techs must also choose the correct tabs to use and the best pulling tool for the job at hand. Fortunately, these skills and choices are easy to acquire and employ. Technicians can learn the basics of glue pull on their own with minimum guidance by watching the information on www.pulltopaint.com.
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GPR (glue pull repair) is a method of auto body repair that gets the job done faster, more efficiently, and with less effort. The results are better than traditional methods and yield ways your shop can develop and retain more customers and earn greater profits.
A key ingredient to successful GPR is the lighting. Superior lighting allows technicians to see clearly and distinctly the areas needing repairs, and accurately correct damage without causing further harm to the panel or its finishes.
Traditional stud welding versus GPR is no contest. GPR does not penetrate the metal so there is no need to fill, sand, and finish holes. Instead of stud welding, the technician uses removable glue to attach a “tab” to the dented area, then pulls the dent out. Significantly, with GPR, you retain the OEM finish coat on the vehicle.
On the other hand, when you install a weld-on stud, you’re most likely asking for trouble. After you make the pull, you have to remove the stud and work the surface, which sometimes involves filling. And it often happens that you inadvertently pull the stud completely out, especially with ultra-thin and aluminum panels. This leaves a hole that you must fill. In addition to filling holes, (sometimes more than once), you have to wet sand, apply primer, match and spray the finish coat, and finally clear coat, with most of the steps requiring time-consuming drying in between. Because of the damage this method causes, you may also have to re-install insulation and wires on the back of the panel, re-apply corrosion protection (standard on most vehicles today), replace lights, and recalibrate or replace sensors.
With GPR, you eliminate most of this. Plus, not only does the finish coat remain, but the clear coat stays as well. If there is any damage to the finish or clear coat, it is extremely minor and easy to repair.
The initial step in repairing a dent is checking, viewing and assessing the damage. Good lighting is essential. Using the shop’s ambient lighting is not enough. Shop lights are designed to light a room, not for critically viewing dents. Using a professional GPR light, the tech views the panel revealing the subtleties of the dent. This allows him to define clearly the area he will repair, make an initial assessment, and begin to develop an approach to the task.
GPR necessitates placing the tab correctly. The objective is to locate the tab in the center of the dent; placing it on a crown or high spot can cause even more damage. With good lighting, technicians can see the crowns and the lows around the damage and therefore can more easily determine the exact center of the dent. This allows him to accurately place the tab for a successful pull and to subsequently make the best repair in the shortest amount of time.
Good lighting is important after the pull, too. Because the OEM finish remains, the technician can see if any “shoulders” have occurred in the metal after pulling the dent and removing the tab. These are small elevations in the metal around the primary area of the dent that residual pressure in the metal sometimes causes, creating slight bumps and knuckles. With superior lighting, you can see shoulders and high spots to easily knock them back down.
Effective lighting is valuable for estimators, too. A good reflection up from the panel allows them to take accurate photos and measurements to include with the information they provide to insurance companies. An exact determination of the extent of damage saves time and effort for everyone involved in the repair: the estimator, the shop owner, manager, technician, and ultimately the customer.
Most shops do not have quality lighting, or they rely on shop lights for seeing and working with dents and repairs. Shop lights from KECO are specifically designed to provide the type of light and light blends for clearly seeing areas on a car or truck that require repair.
Our premium 36 x 8 inch, 12-volt, four LED shop light and stand is lightweight and durable, providing maximum light and visibility for car and truck collision repair, body restoration, and detailing. The four LED strips in a warm-cool-warm-cool setup provide three light configurations to help in a variety of work environments. The single-stage, vertical adjustment, extendable boom arm finds hard-to-reach angles. Non-mark end caps protect finishes and body paint. The locking swivel castor with integrated battery tray allows for easy mobility between bays and around other areas of the shop.
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It’s a frequent refrain in our business: “The insurer asks that I repair the panel, but I think it needs replacement.” Now you can make repairs easier, faster, and with less body filler. No need to replace the panel. You can repair it with Keco Glue Pull Repair (GPR) products and the pull-to-paint process. These expert glue-pull repair products and educational programs from Keco are the innovative, fast, contemporary way to repair body damage, providing an easier approach than traditional repair methods such as stud welding and panel beating. And the best part: you can pump up your bottom line with just a basic knowledge of how to use them.
Conventional methods, although time-tested, are invasive. For a major dent, the technician often has to drill into the panel and weld studs onto it in order to pull the dent out. This damages the surface paint and the panel’s interior e-coat. The technician must put forth the energy to drill into the body and make skilled welds to set the studs. The tech puts forth additional energy in order to pull the dent, plus he must then seal and repair the holes he created – new damage that he must now fix.
GPR is much less intrusive and requires less of the technician’s energy. It’s a simple procedure he follows every time that assures consistency and great work. The tech first cleans the surface, then determines the material he’s working with (steel, high-strength steel [HSS], or aluminum). Next, he selects the correct glue tab, glue, and puller tool, applies the glue, adheres the tab, pulls the dent; lifts the lows and knocks down the high points from the surface, and finally skims the body filler, sands, primes, and paints. That’s it! No drilling or welding and the technician expends less energy using Keco’s ergonomic tools.
In addition, with GPR, most of the surface paint remains, so the repair requires far less of the last step of sanding, priming, and painting, and the interior e-coat remains pristine as well. An additional plus is that shops do not need separate areas for working on aluminum versus steel. Technicians work on both metals in the same area without concern of cross-contamination. For a general overview and an introduction to glue pulling, go to www.pulltopaint.com.
Times are changing. New high-tech and electric vehicles have stringent repair procedures that address the electrical currents that run through panels. These currents power sensors and backup cameras that previous makes and models did not have. If you use traditional body-repair methods, these vehicles require in-depth, time-consuming, and expensive scanning and re-calibrating procedures after the repair. With less intrusive Keco GPR, there’s no need to remove panels, and depending on the make, model, extent, and location of the damage, there’s less of a need to re-calibrate sensors and back-up cameras. (While Keco techniques reduce the need for re-calibration, you may still need to re-calibrate because sensors are precision-aimed at the factory and must be set back to their original “focus” or aim so they function properly. Read the article in “Body Shop Business” regarding the need to re-calibrate, the difference between re-calibrating and scanning, and related topics.)
GPR is the contemporary way to repair body damage that takes into consideration high-tech vehicle idiosyncrasies and manufacturer requirements. Because GPR is less intrusive than traditional methods, eliminating stud welding and dramatically reducing panel beating and sculpting, technicians can reduce the need for scanning and re-calibration on high-tech cars. In addition, with repair instead of replacement, GPR allows shops to eliminate long waits for replacement parts so your key-to-key rates are dramatically improved.
In the shop when a repair comes in, the technician researches and then recommends the proper repair for that unique situation. Banking on his/her years of experience, know-how, and analysis, an experienced tech is on the front line when it comes to repairs and replacements. Shop owners depend on the tech’s professional opinion before sanctioning the repair and giving it the go-ahead. Manufacturers, for their part, publish repair procedures that the tech’s recommendations must adhere to and which shop owners must take into consideration before giving the OK. Owners also have to consider that insurance adjusters edit the price they will pay for the repair based on inaccuracies they find in the shop/tech’s quote. It’s a balance that the three vested parties have to maintain to make the business work. After all, if insurers don’t pay, shops go out of business and technicians are out of job.
It’s understandable that the technician would rather, in many cases, replace the panel than repair it because it’s easier. But insurers are not going to pay for a replacement when a repair is less expensive. And the shop owner is caught in the middle: he wants to make it easy for his technicians but he also must go along with the insurer’s payouts.
So what does this have to do with glue pulling? Keco techniques, products, and training can help attain all three parties’ objectives. While glue pulling may not seem as easy as replacing the entire panel, it’s easier than welding and stud setting. So the tech expends less energy and less time but achieves the same, or better, professional results. The insurer is happy because it pays for a repair rather than a replacement, and the shop owner is happy for both of these reasons, plus s/he has a happy technician and maintains a good relationship with the insurer.
Learn how to implement Keco techniques and tool usage, and how to integrate them into your shop workflow for increased efficiency, better repairs, and more profits. Keco offers one-, two-, or three-day, on-location training sessions so your technicians can learn the best-practice GPR techniques from experts, in the comfort of their own shops. These tutorials are taught by our skilled professionals who have years of body and glue-pull repair experience to share. The training sessions are available to body shops no matter their budget. Click for information.
Keco, the premier supplier of body repair tools and training, has the tools and accessories you need so your shop’s technicians can repair damaged panels quickly with less effort and time than conventional approaches.
Contact Keco today. We are happy to schedule training at your facility. Whether you need a one-, two-, or three-day session, our highly-skilled facilitators teach your technicians the latest in glue pulling and body repair techniques that will enable them to work smarter, serve customers better, and help increase profits.
And for tools and accessories, Keco designs and manufactures a full-range of glue pulling equipment and supplies. Order today so your technicians can confidently address the increasing complexity of today’s body repair.
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