Paintless Dent Repair (PDR) is an environmentally friendly repair method that restores a vehicle’s body to factory-like condition in a fraction of the time at a fraction of the cost. PDR can be used to remove dings and dents from vehicles, as well as creases and hail damage, as long as the paint is not chipped or cracked. Overall, PDR is an excellent alternative to traditional repairs.
Each day, PDR technicians across the country safely restore vehicles to their original factory condition without compromising a vehicle’s original painted finish, or a consumer’s wallet.
The process generally involves four steps, including an evaluation of the damage, gaining entry to the damage, taking a closer look at the damage and, finally, applying slow pressure to the damage.
First, technicians assess the damage of the vehicle. Where is the dent? How big is the dent? How do we get to the dent? After assessing the damage and determining if it can be effectively removed through PDR (as 80-90% of all dents are), work can begin on the repair.
Then, technicians gain access to the dent. In most cases, PDR requires a technician to access the back side of the dent, which means carefully removing body panels, taillights, or in some cases, interior panels. To perform PDR, you need a pathway to the dent. Once the technician has access to the dent, it’s time to get a better look.
TAKING A CLOSER LOOK
The PDR technician uses a special light board to give our technician a better look at the offending dent from his or her point of view.
The board highlights the dent on the panel, telling the tech where to precisely place tools behind the dent to massage the body back to its original condition. It should be noted that there are some locations that are not accessible. When the dent, unfortunately, is located in one of these areas, your only choice would be to go with more costly body shop repairs.
REMOVING THE DENT
Finally, the technician applies pressure to work out the dent. Special tools are then utilized to carefully massage the exterior back to its original position.
HOW LONG DOES PDR TAKE?
Standard paintless dent repairs are very time efficient and the results are amazing. In many cases, it can be completed same day. However, PDR times can vary based on severity of damage such as size, positioning on vehicle, and quantity of dents, dings, or creases. Hail damage may take a few days to completely remove all the damage on the surface area of the vehicle.
HOW TO CHOOSE GOOD PDR COMPANY
When you’re choosing a company to do your repair, make sure that you hire a reputable one.
There are companies that will make you believe that any repair can be done regardless of the damage to your vehicle. You’ll end up with a car without dents but will still have damaged paint.
It will cost you more money to hire another company to repaint your car.
There are many qualified local paintless dent removal companies. New car dealers often use them. Two national ones are:
The average cost for non-paint dent repair is from $75 to $125 for one dent and depending on the vehicle. Multiple dents from hail can cost over $1,000.
ADVANTAGES OVER TRADITIONAL REPAIRS
· No repainting, sanding or body filler needed
· Less expensive (more ‘bang for your buck”)
· No risk of paint overspray on other vehicle areas
· No risk of incorrect color matching
· Vehicle retains original factory paint
· Factory paint warranty remains valid
· Work is completed the same day
· Work does not impact the re-sale of the vehicle
Finally, here is a short video which illustrates the PDR process: