An Overview Of PDR
Paintless Dent Repair on the Rise
PDR is becoming more widely used, because the size of dent that can be repaired has increased over the last few years.
The widespread use of high-strength metal and resilient paint finishes has allowed PDR to become a viable alternative to traditional body repair techniques. In fact, some insurance companies will even waive the deductible if PDR is chosen over more traditional techniques.
What Can Be Fixed?
Paintless dent repair is very effective for the following situations:
- from very small to large dents;
- the paint has not been broken or cracked;
- the dent is not near the edge of a panel;
- the panel has not had previous body repair.
Admittedly, not all damage to the body of a vehicle can be repaired with PDR techniques, but if a dent cannot be removed completely, often the repair will make the damage almost unnoticeable.
Advantages of Paintless Dent Repair
A number of advantages for paintless dent repair include:
- no repainting or body filler needed;
- less expensive than traditional body repair;
- same-day service in most cases;
- no risk of paint overspray on other vehicle areas;
- no risk of incorrect color matching;
- vehicle retains original paint.
A vehicle with original paint retains a higher value than a repainted vehicle. Even if it is just a door or a fender, it is always preferable to maintain the original paint on a vehicle for as long as possible.
How Is It Done?
PDR technicians use specialized tools to push the metal back into its original shape from behind the dent. Depending on the location of the damage, the panel is accessed by removing trim pieces, through window openings or by removing inner panels.
In a typical dent removal, the metal around the outside edge of the dent in slowly massaged back into its original position. The dent becomes progressively smaller as the technician works from the outside edge; eventually the dent becomes so small it blends with the texture of the paint and disappears completely.