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When Should You Consider Paintless Dent Repair?

June 26, 2019

paintless dent repair

If you have recently gotten into a small accident or experienced a ding to your car from a stray shopping cart or baseball, you probably want to get the dent taken care of right away. You may have heard of something called paintless dent repair.

Known as PDR, this is a way to restore a vehicle’s body to factory-like condition within a smaller time frame and at a less costly price tag than a full-on auto body repair. Basically, it’s an environmentally-friendly way of repairing a vehicle that has been in an accident or that has suffered damage in some way.

It’s also a less invasive process when it comes to dent repair, best for small to medium repair needs. You should choose this option if you have damage caused by hail, dings, creases and small dents. It’s less costly than auto body repair due to the time savings in not having to order replacement parts.  Plus, it doesn’t require sanding and body fillers to maintain the car’s original finish.

If you have a larger dent or issues that involves more than one panel, you’ll probably be best off with auto body repair. This is the main differentiating factor between using PDR vs. traditional auto body repair.

The Process

Technicians use state-of-the-art technologies to access beneath the vehicle’s “skin,” whereby they gently coax the dented panels or pieces back into position. It’s a tricky process that requires skill and a steady hand so as not to make scratches or compromise the paint job.

First, your technician will assess the damage and come up with a solution as to how best to gain entry to the dent. Once a plan is in place, the technician will apply slow pressure to work the dent out. Here’s a more in-depth look at the process.

  • Damage assessment: This is the stage that allows technicians to view the extent of the damage and determine if PDR is the best choice. Between 80 and 90 percent of all dents can be successfully removed through PDR. The area around the dent will be prepped before the repair is attempted.
  • Creating a Pathway: Entry to the dent is usually gained from the back side, which may require removing the body panels, tail lights and interior panels in extreme cases.
  • Visual Access: A special light is used to gain visual access to the area, which will give off a shadow so the technician knows where to place the tools.
  • Repair: Then, he or she can massage the area back into its original position, using slow pressure, time and precision.

Most times, PDR is a one-day job, but this will depend on the dent severity and the difficulty level in accessing it.

In conclusion, PDR is the quicker, more cost-effective alternative for minor repairs.

If you are unsure if paintless dent repair is right for you, ask us here at Hance’s Uptown Collision Center. We can take a look and let you know. In general, dents occurring in areas of paint damage, chips and cracks can’t be affordably fixed with PDR. Paintless dent repair is best done on original panels that have not been previously replaced, on newer cars, and whenever the damage is not near the edge of a panel.

Contact Hance’s Uptown Collision Center in Dallas

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