What is PDR?

Paintless Dent Removal (PDR), which is also known as "Paintless Dent Repair", is a very specialized assortment of skills for repairing minor dents and dings from the body of an automobile. A large variety of damage can be repaired using this technique; however, in most cases if there is damage to the paint and or clear coat, PDR may not be the correct solution. The most popular use for PDR is the repair of hail damage and door dings. These techniques can also be applied to prepare a damaged auto body panel for refinishing in a traditional body shop using conventional paint and body panel repairing methods. These applications of Paintless Dent Removal are referred to as "push for paint" or "push to paint".

The technology of PDR has been around since early automobile manufacturing, but the science of modern PDR techniques started showing up in the late 70’s and early 80’s. These techniques began being truly refined in the 90’s, and it became quickly adopted for such purposes as lease returns, auction preparation, rental car maintenance, and private car owner repair. Therefore, consumer-level awareness of these techniques has increased dramatically in recent years. Paintless Dent Removal utilizes metal to push the dents out from the inside area of the body panel. Additionally, glue and specially designed tabs may be used on certain damage from the outside of the cars panel to pull the dents out. In either case, a quality repair involves "tapping" down on the repair area to remove small high spots, or to shrink the metal, making the surface as flat as possible. Paintless Dent Repair techniques can be used on both steel and aluminum panels. The Dent Guys's highly skilled technicians blend high spots to match the texture of the paint.

Lighting, fluorescent or LED , or sometimes a reflection board, is used to see the dent and to aid our technicians in locating the tip of the tool being used to push that area of metal up. This is a very important facet of the repair process, because without a reflection of such light or a board to “read the dent”, the fine detail of the repair process goes unseen. The technician would not be able to locate their tool and remove the damage precisely without proper reflection of a light on the body panel. The process of Paintless Dent Repair requires a technician to push dented metal or aluminum to a very precise height which can only be seen with use of a PDR reflector board or Paintless Dent Repair light.

Paintless Dent Removal (PDR) takes many years to master; it is referred to as an "art" for a reason, but is more hand eye coordination than anything else. The ability to expertly remove dents and dings is learned only through a long trial and error process, some common knowledge and sense. An untrained person will actually damage a panel further if attempting a repair without the correct knowledge and skills.

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