What exactly is PDR? (Paintless Dent Repair)
Paintless Dent Repair is an innovative approach into the repair of vehicles without using body fillers, harsh chemicals, or paint. By pushing the dent out from the back side or pulling the dent from the front, this process ensures that the damaged area returns to its original form. With continued research and development, vehicles are now able to be repaired without damaging the existing paint and thus protecting your vehicles value.
When performed properly, PDR improves your vehicles appearance, preserves the original paint, is safe for the environment, and is more affordable than conventional collision repair.
How Is The Dent Removed?
The process generally starts by cleaning the panel and analyzing the damage. The technician determines how to best access the dent from the backside and what tools will be needed. Every panel is a different challenge and every dent has a preferred access point. The dent is accessed by placing a tool behind a dent through a windowsill, wiring loom, headlight, door panel,etc. The tool(s) are then used to apply just enough pressure to remove the dent without affecting the painted finish. By using metal rods, a skilled technician can methodically massage out the dent. This detailed process is when hand eye coordination is most needed, because the technician cannot see his tool behind the dent. By moving the metal behind the dent and using a reflective light source, a technician can then find his tool to correctly remove the dent with results typically 90-100% true. Now the vehicle is back to its original condition.
Why Would I Use PDR?
There are great advantages to using Paintless Dent Repair.
- Cost: A dime size dent in your car door can cost up to 3-5 times more to repair at a body shop than compared to using PDR.
- Time and Convenience: PDR can be done at your home (in your driveway) or office (in the parking lot). An average quarter size dent can take 20 minutes to an hour typically. The same dent at some body shops can leave you without your car for 2-4 days.
- Value: You retain the value of your car. Why, because the dent is not being filled with putty and then re-painted (which is the traditional style.) When a dent is removed correctly, your vehicle is actually returned to its original form. Your car will also not require being re-painted (the factory paint is not being removed). Typically, aftermarket paint will not last as long as factory paint. No more worries about possible mismatched paint, runs, over spray, etc.
- Environmentally Friendly: PDR is an environmentally friendly procedure. No harsh chemicals or paint.