What is paintless dent repair? Also known as paintless dent removal, paintless dent repair can be defined as the removal of indentions (or dents) from the body of an automobile without disturbing the original factory paint. Some say, “dents just disappear”.
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What is paintless dent repair for car owners?
Paintless dent repair for you, often referred as PDR by industry experts, is peace of mind. PDR provides car owners an extremely affordable option to repair body damage. It not only helps with cost but time for repair. Paintless dent repair times can be as short as 30 minutes. When was the last time you left your vehicle at a body shop for just 30 minutes?
But PDR has other benefits often unrecognized. For example, let’s say you were in a fender bender (light automobile accident). And that accident caused damage to your trunk lid or car hood. If the damage to the vehicle is workable by a PDR technician, you’re going to save lots of time a money. But, more importantly, you can also avoid negative impact on carfax reporting.
Another often overlooked benefit for car owners is no diminished value. For those that don’t know, diminished value is the loss of fair market value for your automobile after damage has occurred.
What is paintless dent repair for technicians?
A lot can be expressed here, we’ll stick to the most important ones. First and foremost PDR is a craft that takes a keen eye, steady hand, strong arm and a lot of patience. It takes years to perfect the art of PDR. But let’s learn what paintless dent repair is by describing what the technician is doing.
Dent repair technicians assess the damages by evaluating its location, size, depth, shape cause of impact, and the vehicles make and model. This gives the tech an idea of how much effort it may take, how long it will take and the potential outcome. Not all dents can be removed 100% .
Now the repair technician can begin to work their “magic”. Location will determine how the tech will access the dented metal. Dents like door dings can easily be accessed through the opening for the window. By inserting a wedge, techs create a gap between the glass and door allowing for tools to slide into position.
once the tool is in position, the dent tech will begin to push or press the metal around the damage. The effort is to start reshaping the metal from the outside in. The tech will slowly work towards the center circling the damaged metal until done. Here’s a video showing you a dent technician working to remove dents.
Like I mentioned before there are a lot of factors that determine the time and outcome of the dent repair. Much more is involved during this process but I believe you should have a deeper understanding of exactly what is paintless dent repair.
Paintless dent repair uses various tools to perform the job. Items like a light board are used to cast a reflection across the warped metal with lights and lines. This helps the tech see exactly where to work.
Other commonly used tools to remove dents are knock downs, hammers, rods and slide hammers or glue pullers.
Now you should know more about what paintless dent repair is, how it works, what tools are used and how technicians estimate their time. The next step is yours, got dents? Give us a call at (704) 713-4663 for free dent repair estimates.