What is paintless dent repair?
Paintless dent repair (PDR) is an innovative way to fix surface dents and damage to your automobile or truck while keeping the original factory paint intact.
Paintless dent repair uses physical pressure to mold car dents back into shape. The result is a clean, seamless repair that retains the original color of the vehicle without new paint or additional chemicals.
Paintless Dent Repair FAQ’s
A man by the name of Frank Sargent debuted the process in 1931. Twenty years later Oskar Flaig showcased PDR at a popular car show in NYC, the “International Motor Sports Show” which is today called SEMA.
The evolution of PDR has expanded to the hundred of thousands technicians around the world.
Today, PDR has become the preferred method for dent repair by insurance companies and the auto manufacturing industry.
How does paintless dent repair work?
First, an auto technician determines the easiest way to access the dent. This is usually accomplished by going through a window, removing pieces of trim or inner panels, or some combination of the three for multiple dents.
Using a special set of tools, the technique gently applies even, slow pressure at the outer edge of the dent. The gentle massage gradually reshapes the metal back into position, making it smaller and smaller until it eventually vanishes, and the car surface looks like new.
When is paintless dent removal recommended?
Paintless dent repair is a solid solution for almost any minor ding, dent or crease on the surface of your automobile or truck. It’s particularly effective in fixing damage caused by hail or small objects that haven’t scratched or peeled away any of the original paint.
Paint-less dent repair is a recommended course of action anytime a vehicle experiences minor dent damage, whether after a hailstorm or a minor traffic accident. It’s an effective and quick way to repair structural indentations.
What are the benefits of paintless dent repair (PDR)?
- It saves money. Paintless dent repair, on average, is less expensive than traditional car dent repair. It doesn’t usually require additional expenses for materials since all it entails are in-house tools and minor physical effort.
- It’s convenient. Depending on the extent or amount of damage, paintless dent repair can be extremely quick. Repairs using more traditional methods can leave a car in limbo for a long time, but Superior’s service usually turns a car around in less than a week.
- It preserves paint color. Even if it’s considered the “same color,” new paint doesn’t always match the manufacturer’s original color exactly and can leave off-shade spots on the car. Paintless dent repair keeps the appearance and integrity of the original color intact.
- It doesn’t invalidate factory paint warranties. Paintless dent repair avoids the application of new paint, fillers, or sanders, which means no actual structural change is made to the car’s finish, so the original paint finish warranty is untouched.
- It helps retain a vehicle’s value. Even minor physical damage to a car can cause its resale value to drop substantially. Paintless dent repair seamlessly removes those irregularities and helps your car maintain its worth.
- It’s eco-friendlier. No new cans of paint or filler to open means introducing fewer harmful chemicals into the environment.
What kind of dents does paintless dent repair fix?
Paintless dent repair removes dents of various shapes and sizes, caused by a wide range of conditions, objects or events including:
- Hail or thunderstorms
- Rocks, gravel, pebbles, or other road fragments
- Minor fender benders, collisions or parking accidents
- Door bumps from a crowded parking lot
- Damage to sharp body lines
Certain kinds of dents aren’t fixable with PDR, including those with scratched paint or exposed sharp edges, located close to a panel edge, or have previously had bodywork.
Will the dents come back if repaired with paintless dent repair?
Before any vehicle is repaired, it is assessed by one of our paintless dent repair technicians to make sure the vehicle is a good candidate for PDR. As long as the paint is still in tact and the dent isn’t too complex in nature, the dents will not return when repaired with paintless dent repair.
85-95% of dents, not caused by a major collision or wreck, can be successfully repaired with PDR.