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FAQs About Paintless Dent Repair
Sometimes, when you’re in an accident with your car, the resulting dent isn’t too severe. In that case, you may not need full-on auto body repair. You may be able to get away with paintless dent repair. A more affordable and faster form of dent repair, paintless dent repair, or PDR for short, won’t affect the factory’s paint job.
Of course, only highly trained mechanics can perform PDR, and good luck – we handle this at Hance’s Uptown Collision! This process involves getting under your car’s “skin” and gently working dented panels back into position, with no scratches or any other compromises to the vehicle’s finish. You may be a good candidate for PDR if your car has suffered hail damage, dings, creases or small dents.
We get a lot of questions about paintless dent repair and thought we would take this time to share those FAQs with you. And as always, feel free to call us if you don’t see your question answered here.
Q: When is PDR Appropriate?
A: Paintless dent repair isn’t appropriate for severe accidents where large dents and scrapes have occurred. However, it’s best for smaller damage, where the paint job hasn’t been affected and the dents can be coaxed back into place without any major auto body work. So, if you have hail damage, small dents, creases or dings from a fly ball, for instance, you’re a great candidate for paintless dent repair. In cases where a small amount of painting must be done to finish off the repair, we can color match and paint your vehicle so it looks like new.
Q: Does Paintless Dent Repair Retain My Car’s Value?
A: Sure does! PDR will maintain your vehicle’s value, compared with traditional repairs that need body filler and repainting of damaged areas. The original finish isn’t altered in any way when a skilled technician performs the correction with specialized PDR tools and techniques. There are also zero concerns about overspray or differences in paint color. PDR keeps your car resale value intact, which is important if you are planning to sell your car in the future.
Q: Why is it Important to Address Dents, Scratches, and Other Damage ASAP?
A: When you ignore dents and other minor damage, you are not only detracting from your car’s appearance, you’re lessening its value. Plus, any dent that isn’t fixed right away can rust, and further detract from your value.
Q: Will I Save Time With PDR?
A: Yes. Paintless dent repair doesn’t take as long as conventional body work does to complete. In fact, you’re looking at just hours or a day in comparison with days or weeks with traditional body work. To get back on the road quickly, PDR is definitely the way to go. In the case of several small dents due to a hail storm, sometimes PDR takes between one and three days due to the sheer number of dents. But for most one-off cases, the job can be performed within a day, usually within a few hours.
Q: Is PDR Cheaper Than Traditional Auto Body Repair?
A: Yes. PDR takes a lot less time than a conventional repair, which translates to lower labor costs. You also save on materials such as body filler, primer, and paint. Plus, you’ll spend a lot of money on a rental if you have to leave your car in the shop for traditional body work for a week or more. If you qualify, PDR is definitely a time and money saver.
Q: Is PDR Environmentally-Friendly?
A: Yes, PDR won’t negatively impact the environment, as the process doesn’t pollute the air with noxious chemicals from body filler, auto paint and paint thinner. In addition, there is zero risk of ground water contamination.
Q: Will My Dent be 100% Gone with PDR?
A: Yes, for most minor dents. However, the deeper the dent, the tougher it is to repair. But that’s not to say that on larger dents, PDR doesn’t work. Many people are more than satisfied with the results on larger dents, although it works best on small ones. Your technician will have a conversation with you about the results and any challenges they encounter.
Q: Will the Dent Come Back?
A: No. Once you have PDR performed, that dent won’t come back.
Q: What Determines Whether a Dent Can Be Fixed With PDR?
A: There are a few factors that come into play. The two most important factors are depth and location. Conceivably, dents the size of a plate can be fixed with PDR, as long as that dent is shallow. By the same token, some dents as small as dimes can’t be fixed successfully with PDR because they are too deep, the metal is too stretched, or there is cracked paint present.
The most common dent sizes are about the size of a golf ball or smaller. The other factor is location. Sometimes, dents that occur to the quarter panel opening lips, areas of heavily-braced hoods, or the edges of panels may not be able to be fixed with PDR.
Q: How Do I Know a Shop Specializes in PDR?
A: Just ask! Mechanics skilled in PDR have taken extensive training in PDR and have become certified in these state of the art techniques. We welcome your questions or concerns here at Hance’s Uptown Collision Center, where we are proud to say our technicians are trained in all aspects of PDR. We are also an I-Car and ASE certified garage, family owned and operated since 1955.
Contact Hance’s Uptown Collision Center
Here at Hance’s Uptown Collision Center, we are your paintless dent repair specialists. To learn more about what we can do for your small dents and dings, contact us in Dallas or Plano.