Support Your Local Business Owners

Support Your Local Business Owners

The Easter Sunday hailstorm brought more than just some needed moisture to Abilene. It brought moderate to severe damage to our homes and cars. By Wednesday, it seemed that every parking lot and roadside was filled with companies who rushed to “serve our needs.” Most of these are good people who fully intend to do their best work for people here before leaving to serve other parts of the United States and probably never return. Some are simply here to get the most money they can and will forget us and any promises before they reach the city limits.{{more}}You can however get the dents in your car or truck fixed with paint less dent repair by the FIRST EVER Abilene based company to do that work in West Texas. Texas Dent Repair formally the Dent Shop was started by Trey Dyer over 20 years ago here in Abilene after a friend of his recommended the technique. He was doubtful. He grew up as I did when dents were ground out with a power sander and the lines of your car restored with Bondo. Then you car was hopefully repainted to match the original. Anyone else remember the result when a 95 degree December day was followed by a Texas Northerner followed by some 90+ degree days and the quarter sized holes popped out of the paint??His car was fixed as he watched in amazement as the man took down the roof liners and the liners for his hood and doors and quickly used very specialized tools to bend the metal back up into place without cracking the paint. It had happened that improvements in both paint and metal used for vehicle bodies had made the “new” technique possible. It still takes a lot of skill and it’s not something you pick up in a 6 week training course. He paid the man to teach him the skills and how to hand make the tools and then spent 6 months buying old dented doors and hoods from junkyards and repairing them. Ready to start – he asked the car dealers in town for a chance but none wanted to do something they just knew “wouldn’t work.” Finally Fred Hughes let him work for free on Rolando Figuieras co-owner inspects a hood for dents. Photo By Joe Starkeya used car that was headed for the body shop anyway – just to take a look at how it worked. And a new business was born. He was joined by his brother John in a shop on South First and Willis. Several years later, Rolando Figuieras joined them and they now repair cars and trucks for car dealers and individuals all over the Big Country.Each vehicle takes from one to three days depending on the severity and number of dents. The liners have to be removed and the electronics disconnected. Then they smooth out the dents from inside the car and put everything back into place. A major difference between them and the out of Towner’s is if the connections jiggle loose a couple of weeks or months after you get the car back, you simply call them, make an appointment and it gets fixed.It’s interesting to watch them work. Special lights make it much easier to see the dents. Trey said a dent has to be looked at from several angles and moves the lights around to insure that it is smooth and invisible from every viewpoint before he considers that dent finished and goes to the next one. Each dent may require more than 100 passes of the tools before it is repaired. It’s definitely not pounding out dents the way I watched growing up. He estimated that he is well into the 2nd million of dents that he has personally repaired and is proud that all of his customers have been well satisfied with their work.Texas Dent Repair is proud of what they do. Trey remarked he “likes cars – not dents.”They are currently booked about three weeks out but I personally would wait as I liked the quality of their work.