Our cars go through a lot. That’s a fact. As parents, business professionals, students, physicians, teachers, and just plain ol’ Americans, we’re always on the go. And all that non-stop use can take it’s toll on our vehicles, particularly in the form of minor cosmetic imperfections. Maybe it’s the dent from the stray shopping cart in the parking lot, or the hail storm that peppered the hood, we know there are a multitude of ways those little dents can show up. Paintless Dent Repair (PDR) is one of the of the best alternatives to fixing those annoying dimples and restoring your car’s appearance to near perfection.
What is Paintless Dent Repair?
PDR is the process of removing small, minor dents from your car’s body without the invasive process like traditional dent fillers and repairs. Typically PDR is a much quicker and cheaper than the alternative processes that body shops offer. Dent’s often don’t pose a threat to your car’s safety, so this process is simply for an aesthetic fix. That being said, keep in mind that PDR simply provides a visual fix, but cannot completely repair your car’s metal damage done beneath the paint surface. While it appears to be in perfect shape, the metal will still be slightly damaged underneath, which honestly won’t affect the car in most cases anyways.
How it Works
First off, dents on your vehicle must be assessed to determine if this is the right course of action to fix your vehicle’s imperfections. PDR only works for minor damage. If the paint is damaged or the metal is deeply creased, then it’s likely that PDR is not the right choice for you. However, the majority of dents are eligible for the PDR techniques.
Basically, the process of removing dents is done through gently massaging the dent from the back and front of the body panels. Special tools are utilized for the procedure. You can order kits for a DIY project, but keep in mind if you stretch the metal too far, scratch the paint, or do further damage to your vehicle, then you are looking at a much higher bill than if you had it done by someone with experience (Disclaimer: We promise that is NOT a sales pitch, we’ve just seen it happen one too many times. Don’t say we didn’t tell ya.) Often times, layers of panels must be removed to reach the other side of the dent. The location, severity, and amount of dents all factor into the price and time it takes to perform the PDR procedure. The body shop technicians should be able to give you an estimate after the initial assessment of the damage. However, the process can usually be done in a relatively short amount of time.
Paintless Dent Repair (PDR) can be a perfect solution to fixing the wear and tear on your car from your active lifestyle. It’s typically quick and relatively inexpensive; so it fits into your busy schedule as well. If you choose to utilize the DIY techniques, then we sincerely wish you the best of luck. For those less inclined to watching hours of YouTube “how-to” research videos, we’d be more than happy to help.