Are You a Candidate for Paintless Dent Repair (PDR)?
There’s a Cheaper Kind of Auto Body Work …
Traditional auto body work can be painfully expensive, sometimes costing more than a vehicle is worth. For heavy damage, traditional body shops often use grinders, putties, paint booths and frame-bending equipment to effect repairs. But when the damage is minor, you may have another, lower-cost alternative: Paintless Dent Repair or PDR.
Types of Damage That Can Be Repaired With PDR
Parking lot dings and dents are commonly repairable with PDR, as is light hail damage. As long as there are no hard creases and the paint surface is intact, PDR can be a fast, affordable solution, costing a fraction as much as traditional body work. PDR does not require grinding or repainting. As we’ll discuss below, technicians essentially “sculpt” the vehicle body back to its original shape.
The Benefits of PDR
PDR Saves You Money
The biggest benefit to PDR is the price. It’s far less expensive than traditional body repair. It requires no heavy equipment investment by the body shop, which keeps the cost low. A PDR technician’s toolkit looks more like a selection of surgical instruments than a body shop.
No Painting is Required with PDR
The PDR process keeps your vehicle’s original paint intact, which is more important than you may think. When areas need to be repainted, the new color has to be matched to the old—not an immediate issue with modern color-matching technologies, but over time, the new paint may fade differently than the original coat, making the repaired area visible. Keeping the original paint intact maintains the value of your vehicle, should you decide to sell it in a few years.
PDR Saves You Time
PDR is a very quick procedure compared to traditional body work. Many jobs are completed in an hour or less, so you don’t have to live without your vehicle for days at a time while the work is done. No replacement parts need to be ordered, as the original body and paint are simply “massaged” back into shape.
Paintless Dent Repair is Environmentally Friendly
Because PDR maintains the vehicle’s original paint, no harmful fumes or chemicals are used. When you can opt for PDR repairs, you’re keeping the planet a little cleaner.
How Paintless Dent Repair Works
Paintless Dent Repair is a process of making small adjustments to the vehicle’s “skin,” using custom tools to coax dents back to their original shape. Technicians also use profiling lights to cast lines across the work area, allowing them to see surface details and irregularities as small as a few hundredths of an inch.
It’s fast and inexpensive, but it takes skill and practice. You can buy do-it-yourself PDR toolkits, but unless you spend a lot of time practicing with them, it’s unlikely you’ll get great results.
What Types of Damage are Not Repairable with PDR
PDR doesn’t work on every kind of vehicle damage. If the paint is damaged, or if there are hard creases on the body, it will have to be done the traditional way, with fillers and new paint. A skilled technician can assess the situation and determine whether PDR is an option for you.
How do they do that PDR stuff, Anyway?
PDR is actually a stable of techniques designed to correct specific types of imperfections on the vehicle surface. The most common method is to push against the underside of the body with a carefully selected tool from the kit, gently coaxing the dent back into place. The technician may remove interior or exterior panels, depending on where the damage is located. In some cases, a heat gun many be used to help make the paint pliable. Amazingly, some damage is worked from the outside with a technique called “tapping,” which is pretty cool to watch.
Affordable Dent Repair
PDR is less expensive than any other body repair technique. No replacement parts are needed, and since the original paint is left intact, no matching or repainting is needed. And with the faster turnaround of PDR, you won’t have to rely on a rental car while the work is done. Not a bad deal. Call 316-262-8888 for more information on Paintless Dent Removal.