Paintless Dent Removal (PDR) has become widely used over the past decade by motor dealers, rental agencies, panel beaters and auctioneers to repair vehicles. Yet very few consumers are aware the process exists.
Many dents and dings can now be repaired without a trace when the work is performed by a skilled PDR technician. PDR techniques have developed to the point that dings and dents can be removed with the original paint still intact.
Specially fabricated tools and techniques for PDR have been developed to remove dents, often up to the size of a football, from almost all body panels of a vehicle. No sanding, body filler or repainting is necessary. In most cases, when the process is complete the dent is no longer visible.
PDR offers customers convenience and quality while saving them time and money.
In the last four to five years, insurance companies have become more aware and accepting of the PDR process, particularly when it comes to hail damage repairs.
What Can Be Fixed?
- Very small to larger dents (Has to be verified by a specialist)
- Generally 1990 year model vehicles and newer
- Paint that has not cracked
- Dents that are not near the edge of a panel
- No previous body repairs done (especially body filler used)
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. If this is not achieved, the vehicle can be repaired to a stage called “push to paint”, where the cost involved to finish the repairs to the vehicle will be reduced dramatically.
Advantages of Paintless Dent Repair
A number of advantages of Paintless Dent Removal include the following:
- No repainting or body filler needed
- Less expensive than traditional body repairs
- Same-day service in most cases (up to 3 days maximum in severe cases)
- No risk of overspray
- No risk of incorrect colour matching
- Vehicle retains original paint and value