Defender 110 Body Work

The NAS Defender 110 is prone to dents because of its aluminum/soft metal body panels, which is also why many spots on the panel are built of multiple layers (double reinforced), adding structural rigidity. Because of its aluminum body, the Defender is also prone to chemical reaction found between metallic paints and aluminum paneling resulting in premature oxidation and paint bubbles where humidity is frequently found. The process of Paintless Dent Removal is applying pressure on the opposite side of a dent surface with specifically designed tools. To remove a dent or ding, the damaged metal must be worked from behind, pushing the metal back to its original shape.

Shown above, a door-to-door paintless dent removal service repairs a Defender on site. Note that bubbles, scratches, and deep dents cannot be repaired without repainting surfaces. For small dents and bangs that need repair, first call a paintless dent removal service shop. Whatever cannot be repaired by them will best be repaired by a conventional dent removal company, where applying paint is necessary.

Shown above, a certified paintless dent removal technician works on factory door handle protrusion . This technician should have had the door panel removed in order to resurface the protrusion area. Instead, he chiseled the area and made the protrusion look worse than before he started. A few days later, the shop owner explained that his technician shouldn't have had worked on the protrusion because double enforced areas cannot be repaired by paintless experts. A conventional body repair shop should have done the work instead--removed the door panel, pushed the protrusion in from the outside and out from inside to a smooth finish, and touched up with paint after completion.

The right technician makes the difference here. Choose your body repair shop wisely, do your homework, get references, see samples of their work if possible, and discuss all options before they get started.

Above, technician used a guide (the yellow board with the stripes on it) to reflect natural sunlight reflected from the board to the repair area on the panel. As he chisels in and pushes out the area, he watches carefully for ripples. Once the surface is undented and flushed perfectly, ripple reflections on the body disappear altogether. This method assures the technician a better visual inspection of his work before, during, and after repair.

Certain panels are reinforced. Some areas have paneling underneath or hidden support elements which cannot be bypassed, chiseled, pulled or punched in/out. Familiarity with the Defender makes a world of difference here. Hire someone who knows the Defender to avoid unwanted surprises.

Paintless dent removal pricing varies not only by area but whether it's wholesale or retail. Pricing today usually ranges anywhere from $65.00 to $100.00 per dent. If you have a Defender with more than one dent on the same panel, most techs will give you a discount.

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