At Leeson Panel Beaters we pride ourselves with our high levels of customer service and quality workmanship.

Our panelbeating prices are extremely competitive, our quality unsurpassed and our delivery times are excellent.  We repair vehicle bodies back to their factory state after having been damaged in an accident.

The process of panel beating is highly labour-intensive, involving various techniques to remove dents, shape panels to match the original contours then smooth, re-surface and spray paint the damaged areas. We can also perform paintless dent repairs on minor body damage and can re-align a vehicle once it has been involved in an accident.

Steps in panel beating:

  • Shrinking/Stretching
  • Planishing
  • Welding
  • Filling
  • Sanding
  • Spray painting
  • Re-alignment

Stretching and shrinking

When a panel on a car’s body is dented, the metal is stretched out of shape. The process of shrinking and stretching the metal back to its original dimensions requires heat to be applied to the surface and then hammered with a special shaping hammer to re-shape the metal. This technique is used in conjunction with planishing to restore the original dimensions and contours of the panel.


Planishing is a metalworking technique that involves finishing the panel surface by finely shaping and smoothing it. A special hammer is used to press out the damaged metal, restoring the original shape. The metal is pushed against a shaping tool, known as a dolly or stake and has to match the original contour of the panels.


Welding is used in panel beating to join pieces of metal together, reinforcing the vehicle structure and ensuring its strength. Heat is applied to the pieces to be joined using various methods. The type of join used will be determined by the shape and type of materials to be joined.


Sometimes it is necessary to use a putty filler to restore a panel’s original contours. Filling involves mixing a paste and applying it to the vehicle surface. Once it has set, the filler provides a hard surface that can then be smoothed and shaped.


Depending on the stage of the panel repair there are a number of different sanding techniques. Sanding can either be a wet or dry procedure and will be used to re-shape a contour and prepare the surface for painting.

Spray painting

Finally, the repaired panel will be spray-painted with a strong paint. The panel to be painted is primed and the surface prepared to ensure the paint adheres well and a smooth finish is achieved. It is important to get an identical match to the original paint colour of the car so body repairs go undetected. Spray painting is carried out in a dust-free environment.


A hydraulic lift is used in a smash repair workshop to make sure the chassis and other mechanical parts are properly aligned. It is important to check this as the under-carriage of the vehicle may have also sustained damage from the impact of a collision.

Often, it is more economical to simply replace damaged panels, rather than repair a badly damaged panel.

Contact Us

If your car is in need of some body repairs, give us a call on 011 262 4863 or email us at for more information.