Toby Chess

Toby Chess is an I-CAR program instructor, training specialist, and former salvage yard operator. Toby is universally known in the collision industry for his work with first responders and advocacy for body shops and consumers. He can be reached at tcspeedster@gmail.com.

Wednesday, 01 December 2021 14:02

The Evolution of Dent Repairs

Written by Toby Chess

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From the Ford Model T until the 1970s, dents were a two-sided operation. You would push from the inside with a dolly and hammer on the outside until you had a semi smooth panel.

Until 1955, lead was used as the filler. The health risk of lead filler was becoming evident, it was difficult to work with and it was a tedious process, as lead was melted over the entire dent.


Bondo---plastic body filler---was invented in 1955. Plastic body filler was becoming the material of choice and it was more widely accepted, as more auto body shops switched from lead to the lightweight plastic filler.


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