- Ashley Toth
PDR- Paintless Dent Repair
Updated: Sep 15, 2021
What Is Paintless Dent Repair?
Paintless Dent Repair (PDR), also known as Paintless Dent Removal, 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 body creases and hail damage. The paintless dent repair process involves four primary steps, outlined below:
1. Assess the damage 2. Gain entry to the dent 3. Get a better look at the dent 4. Apply slow pressure to work out the dent
Learn more about these four steps below.
HOW DOES PAINTLESS DENT REPAIR WORK? PDR Process and TechniquesEach day, hundreds of 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. Assess the Damage The first step to any repair process is to assess the damage. 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), we prepare the area around the dent for the repair. Gain Entry to The Dent In most cases, PDR requires you to access the back side of the dent, which means carefully removing body panels, tail lights, or in some cases, interior panels. To perform PDR, you need a pathway to the dent. Once we have access to a dent, it’s time to perform the PDR repair. This is where the precision and expertise of our trained technicians comes into play. Get A Better Look at the Dent PDR uses a special light board to give our technician a better look at the offending dent from his or her point of view.
Apply Slow Pressure to Work out the Dent Special tools are then utilized to carefully massage the exterior back to its original position. The PDR process can be completed with same-day service, depending on a dent’s severity, and the results are amazing; even more so considering how non-invasive and quick the process really is.
WHAT KIND OF DAMAGE CAN BE REPAIRED USING PDR?
Paintless Dent Repair can remove a variety of dents, dings, and body creases. PDR is a specialized technique utilized to restore vehicles to their factory condition quickly and cost effectively. Additionally, if there is no damage to the paint, the dent, ding, or crease is likely repairable using PDR. Moreover, PDR is an excellent solution to help restore your vehicle to its original condition for dents of all sizes, including small hail damage to large creases.
HOW LONG DOES PAINTLESS DENT REPAIR TAKE?
Standard paintless dent repairs are very time efficient and, in most cases, 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. More specifically, hail damage may take a few days to completely remove all the damage on the surface area of the vehicle.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN PAINTLESS DENT REPAIR AND TRADITIONAL DENT REPAIR?
Traditional dent repair fills in auto body dents with paint or body filler, which is then painted to match the rest of the vehicle’s exterior. While this process can make a vehicle look as good as new, it doesn’t address the actual dent in a way that is a sustainable, long-term solution. It’s also time-consuming, expensive and can impact the re-sale value of your vehicle.
Paintless Dent Repair, on the other hand, requires no fillers and no sanding. More and more consumers are finding PDR to be an effective and inexpensive alternative to getting minor repairs done at a body shop. PDR offers more “bang for your buck” than traditional dent repair methods and is a great way to care for your vehicle’s exterior affordably.