Understanding Hail Damage On Vehicles

Understanding Hail Damage On Vehicles

May 7th 2024

If you've ever experienced a hailstorm, you know the sinking feeling you get when you see dents all over your car's once-smooth surface. Hail damage can range from minor dings to deep craters. It diminishes your vehicle's appearance and value. Fortunately, Paintless Dent Repair (PDR) offers a fast, eco-friendly, and cost-effective solution to restore your car's finish.

Choosing the most suitable PDR tools can make the difference between flawless repair and imperfections. This blog post will guide you through the best PDR tools for hail damage to restore your car to its pre-storm glory.

Paintless Dent Repair (PDR) Tools for Hail Damage

PDR technicians use a specialized set of tools to repair hail damage. Let's break down the categories of PDR tools for hail damage.

Hail Rods

These rods are long and slender. They let technicians reach dents from inside the vehicle's panels. Technicians use the rod to push the dent outwards. This restores the metal to its original shape. Metal Medic's hail rods, like the Commando and Battle Axe, offer superior strength and versatility. They feature carbon fiber construction and specialized tip attachments.

Slide Hammers

This tool attaches a specialized tab to the dented surface. It uses glue to do this. The slide hammer then applies a strong force and pulls the dent outwards. Slide hammers are particularly effective for medium-sized dents. They work best in accessible areas.

Technicians often prefer heavier slide hammers for heavy-duty hail repair. This is because heavier hammers increase pulling power.

Glue and Glue Tabs

Glue-based dent pulling is a core component of PDR. Technicians use specially formulated glues. These include Metal Medic's Green Gripper and Superhero. The glue bonds securely to the car's paint or bare metal. Different types of glue tabs offer varied pulling angles and strengths. Metal Medic's Cold Glue Tabs and T-Bone Tabs are suitable for fixing hail damage.

Choosing the Right PDR Tools for Your Hail Damage

Analyze Your Hail Damage

First things first: check out the dents. Look at how big they are (small, medium, or large) and how deep they go (shallow or deep). Also, note where the dents are located. Are they on easy-to-reach flat spots or tricky curves? Think about any areas where you might not be able to push the dent from the inside out.

Match Tools to the Damage

Once you know what kind of dents you have, you can start picking the right tools. For small, shallow dents, glue tabs, and a slide hammer usually do the trick. Medium dents often need glue-based pulling too. You might also need a hail rod to help push them out from the inside of the panel. For those bigger dents, hail rods are a must, and sometimes you'll need extra pulling power from a lifter or large-scale tabs.

Consider Your Skill Level

If you're new to PDR, start with glue-based repairs. These are a bit more forgiving. Begin with a basic kit and practice on less noticeable parts of your car. As you get better, you can expand your tool collection. Consider adding a wider range of hail rods, tip attachments, and special dent removal gear to handle tougher fixes.

Additional PDR Tools for Hail Damage

We've covered the essential PDR tools for hail damage, but there's more to the toolbox. These additional tools can help you achieve professional-looking results.

Blending Hammers

Think of tiny hammers with smooth heads. They're called blending hammers, used for a very specific job. After the main dent is removed, there might be slight unevenness left behind. Blending hammers gently smooth out these imperfections, creating a perfectly flawless finish.

Ball Tips

Picture a large, round metal ball on the end of a hail rod. That's a ball tip. It's perfect for tackling big hail dents. By pushing the ball tip from inside the panel, technicians can precisely target the dent and push it back to its original shape.

Light It Up

You might not think about needing special lights for PDR, but proper lighting is necessary. PDR lights are designed to shine on dents from different angles. This way, technicians can ensure they don't miss any tiny imperfections during the repair or final inspection.

Stay Organized and Efficient

Hail damage repair often involves using multiple tools. Here's where organization comes in. A storage system like the Metal Medic Octo-Tip Holder keeps your PDR tool tips secure, easily accessible, and protected from getting damaged. This lets you focus on the repair instead of searching for lost tools.

Try Metal Medic’s PDR Tools Excel for Hail Damage

Not all PDR tools are created equal, and using top-notch equipment can make a big difference in the success of your hail damage repairs. At Metal Medic, we understand this. That's why our tools are crafted right here in North America with direct input from PDR technicians. This ensures our tools are built strong, durable, and precise enough to handle even the most complex hail damage.

We’re constantly researching, developing, and innovating. Moreover, we create new tooltip designs and specialized glue formulations that give technicians the edge they need when working on hail damage.

At Metal Medic, we believe in going beyond simply selling our tools. We want our customers to succeed. Browse our full selection of PDR tools and contact us with any questions you may have. 

PDR, or paintless dent repair, is an environmentally-friendly, fast, minimally-intrusive vehicle dent repair process. The PDR procedure restores a vehicle’s body to a factory-like condition in a fraction of the time and most time costs less than traditional dent repair methods.

Technicians across the county safely restore vehicles back to pre-incident  without compromising the original painted finish. The best technicians invest in a high-quality PDR kit, an assortment of tools that are crucial to the success of any finish master.


Metal Medic PDR Tools—Made to Make You Better
Metal Medic Tools provides various tools, including Hail Rods, Hammers, Tips, Hero PDR Glue, and other PDR  glues. Our tools and accessories are designed to help dent technicians complete their job quickly and efficiently, with the best possible results.


PDR Hand Tools
Short-tipped PDR tools allow technicians to get close to dents and work out defects by hand. Metal Medic Tools produces short-tipped selections with sharp and blunt tips to provide technicians with one of the best PDR “tools in their toolbox.” Metal Medic tools are 100% North American-made, ensuring quality and reliability every time they are used.


Hook Tools and PDR Rods
Hook tools and PDR rods allow technicians to access dents from inside and push them out. This technique is a traditional PDR method, working best when a technician has access to the dent. Metal Medic PDR Tools produce these utensils in multiple sizes, allowing experts to reach more dents.


Metal Medic PDR Glues
Specially formulated for the collision industry, Metal Medic Hero Glue GPDR and Mega Power Green PDR Glue bond to automotive finishes and bare metal. These direct-to-metal PDR glues are easy-to-use and offer specialists consistency when pulling dents, using lifters, or working to pull out more significant collision damage.

Metal Medic is also the exclusive importer of Brazilian Gold, Mega Green, and Ebony Ice PDR glues directly from Brazil. Newly available in the United States, these Metal Medic collision adhesives increase pulling efficiency and provide technicians with the best PDR glue choices in the industry.


Top-Quality Reliable PDR Tool Selections Matter
Although the essential tools for anyone performing PDR are skills and experience, it certainly doesn't hurt to equip yourself with a set of proper tools. Metal Medic PDR Tools' specialized selections enable technicians to perform precision repairs while returning metal to a point before an accident occurred.

Respecting a task often means using only the best quality tools to complete the job. The best PDR kit offers numerous benefits, including strength and movement to repair dents. Quality tool choices allow you to repair defects easier and faster.

Metal Medic PDR Tools is owned and operated by Ken Garrison, a PDR tech and toolmaker, who established the company in 1989. Our team aims to bring the highest quality tools to save time and improve results.

Choosing to buy PDR tools from a reputable supplier is a personal choice. Selecting Metal Medic PDR Tools ensures you receive over-the-top quality, specialized utensils for a reasonable price with handmade products.

Contact Metal Medic PDR Tools today to learn more about how our tools can help you improve your PDR results and for additional information on our provisions.