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Paintless Dent Repair is a process employed by highly trained repairers for the removal of dents from (metal panel) bodywork. It was perfected for the removal of hail dents from auto bodies and has very specific uses.
The process utilizes the technician to use metal rods (Hammers and Glue Pullers) and gain access to the inner skin or underside of damaged panels. With the assistance of lights that are positioned to provide reflections- the technician then applies gentle and targeted force to each depression and through a combination of hammering and pushing actually works the dents out of the panel back to its original form.
The benefits of this process are significant. They can generally be performed at a lower cost the paint repair due to the lack of materials and time required. The process produces a result where the factory paint remains intact. PDR can be performed (basically) anywhere without a power source or spray booth.
This process is best suited to hail repairs, door dings, shopping trolley dents and small to medium depressions in metal panels.
The use of PDR can only be employed when specific criteria are in place;
• The dent has left the paint completely intact. One scratch through the clear coat and painting is required.
• The dent needs to be smooth in nature. Any dents that have produced sharp creases will not achieve good results
• There is reasonable access to the dent behind the panel. Intrusion bars in some panels can make this process tricky
• Aluminum panels can cause major headaches for repairers as they aren’t as responsive to pressure
In general- if you have an ugly looking (larger) dent or/with damaged paint. Rule this out- you are looking for a panel and paint repairer.
A traditional repairer (Panel and paint repairer) can handle the bulk of small to medium repairs by employing a SMART (Small to Medium Area Repair Technique) repair. This will involve;
• Sanding back the panel and repairing the damage
• Masking the car and defining a blendable perimeter around the repair in which to paint
• Applying a primer over the repair
• Color matching and mixing the exact paint match
• Applying the required number of coats to the panel (often multiple stages)
• Then reapplying a clear coat to the surface of the car to protect the paint
In the case of small repairs, this process can generally be performed in 2-4 hours without the use of a spray booth. The requirements for this process are;
• Access to a power supply
• Non-basement car park
• Off street parking
• Enough room to park a mobile service van next to the damaged car