R and I / Remove and Install / De-trim – This is the actual process of removing an undamaged part for creating access.
When performing PDR, the technician must get behind the panel in order to “work” the dent out. Sometimes this is very easy to accomplish and other times, something is in the way. The process of getting this obstruction out of the way and then putting it back after the repair is completed is known as “R&I”.
Performing R and I takes patience and care
Many car part become brittle or corroded and can be easily damaged by an inexperienced or careless technician. Some other common mistakes that are seen after some R & I would be finger prints or stains on the headliner, scratches or cracks on the plastic, or even parts not lining back up properly.
At the World Hail Network, we get it. You do not want your vehicle all torn up or even a single little smudge or nick that was not there before. That is the reason why we spend so much time finding the best methods and sharing them with our members.
There are not any photos of quality R and I because when done correctly it is undetectable. The vehicle should be just as it was before the hail storm. Members of the World Hail Network communicate frequently and stay up to date on the latest tools and techniques to help prevent damaging vehicles and their parts. Of coarse things do break and if that happens, our members have agreed to be upfront and honest and to replace the damaged part. Fair and honest practices are what we are about.
For some tutorials and tips on performing R and I, Click Here.
Read about the next term: River / Valley / Railroad Tracks – The line that is left running through a repaired dent when it is removed without cross-checking.
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