When we last discussed glue pulling tabs, we talked about the smaller ones that we use here at Sioux Falls Dent Repair. Today, we’ll be looking further and getting to know a little more about the crease tabs that we use in the shop.
There are all types of crease tabs, as you can imagine. Some with textured finishes and some smooth. Black Plague PDR was probably one of the first names to introduce the high quality pull tabs and we continue to use them today. The first generation of pull tabs from Black Plague PDR were actually all black in color but have now changed to green and black. The new tabs come with a cavity along the surface which allows us to apply the glue in a straight line. This helps us reduce the amount of glue being used and also gives us a precise pulling technique.
Black Plague PDR has all different types of pull tabs and in all different sizes. The second generation included a copper thread insert to stop the bolts from breaking off from the plastic body. Another commonly used tab is the Smooth Tabs Gang Green Edition and they work pretty well on almost all types of crease dents.
The newer tabs that we use and that are available in the market right now are from KECO Tabs. These are also being used now by body shops more often because of their durability. As you can see, one of the tabs actually has a number of slits in it. This makes it so that the tab is flexible and the technician can put more pressure on a certain area rather than the entire tab. Another ingenious tab from KECO is the Viper Modular Articulating Glue Tabs range which allows you to remove or add individual tabs according to the kind of dent you’re working on. Plus, the Viper Modular series can be bent into customizable angles for an even better PDR experience. Once again, we also use the Ice and Blue tabs that are used for different kinds of dent jobs and have different strengths.
We actually have so many tabs to choose from that we often don’t even use some and sit in the shop for months before we actually put them to use. As is with most tools, once you get used to certain tools and accessories, it is hard to move to another design.
If you want to know more about the glue pull tabs we use, go ahead an each out to us directly bycalling or texting us!
In today’s video, we are revisiting a job that we discussed a few days ago – the massive dent on a 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan. We will be looking at Glexo Cold Glue and how it works when it comes to removing dents from car panels.
Cold glue is exactly how it sounds. While almost all of the commonly used glues in the PDR industry require some kind of heat to help it adhere, the Glexo Cold Glue does not. How it works is that you simply apply a small amount to the pull tab of your choice and it adheres just enough so that the dent or damage can be pulled out without over pulling or extending the damage.
As you can see, the majority of the dent on the Tiguan has been pulled out but there is a lot of work that needs to be done before we can hand it over to the owner. In fact, almost 90 percent of the damage has been taken out with just cold glue and a slide hammer. We did knock out some of the crowns and do some blending as well. We also used a small amount of hot glue to get out some of the smaller dents, but it was amazing to see how much of the damage we could get out with only cold glue. We still have not removed the panels or pushed on the back sides of the cars yet and we have gotten rid of 90 percent of the damage.
If your interest has been piqued, you can get your hands on the Glexo Cold Glue from their website at www.GlexoTools.com. With the hot glue, we used the KECO K-Bar to get out some of the damage. The Glexo Cold Glue is definitely the best cold glues available for PDR and is something all PDR technicians must have in their shops. The Glexo tabs are also made of metal as opposed to the regular tabs that are made from plastic. They are also adjustable and lock into the slide hammer which prevents them from coming lose, falling to the ground, and collecting dust and dirt. One of the best things about the Glexo Cold Glue is that is the tabs are reusable and they come with an extra pack of glue for when the strength of the original starts wearing off.
To get the glue ready, all you have to do is work your fingers over it till it gets stickier. Then, all you have to do is put the pull tab on the damaged area and use the slide hammer to knock out some of the damage. It can be used again if needed but it usually takes about 2-3 pulls to get out a reasonably sized dent. We will continue working on the car and get all the damage out before the customer comes to pick up the car on Monday.
If you have any queries or questions about anything in this video get ahold of us!