Understanding Paintless Dent Repair

The dents that can damage a car after a collision or a non-collision accident, like in hail or other weather events, can be overwhelming to manage. Fortunately, modern methods in dent repair like the Paintless Dent Repair have made car repair easier and even more cost effective.

Understanding Paintless Dent Repair

What is Paintless Dent Repair?

Paintless Dent Repair (PDR) is a special method with specific tools and techniques used to remove minor dents from the body of a car. Unlike other forms of dent repair, Paintless Dent Repair no longer requires a paint job after the dent is removed. This applies for even deeper dents.

The main requirement for PDR is that the surface of the dented vehicle is intact. The paint should still be continuous. This is not unusual or unlikely because modern automotive paints starting in the 1990s were designed to be extremely resilient.

In Paintless Dent Repair, special tools are done to slowly reduce a dent down until it has almost disappeared. While it’s impossible to remove a dent 100% with this technique, for many purposes PDR is already very effective.

How does PDR work?

Paintless Dent Repair can be done by the car owner or by a professional worker. All the repair needs are the right tools and also a good understanding of the special techniques involved. The method to Paintless Dent Repair is very precise.

Here are the basic steps involved in PDR:

  • Assess the damage

It’s necessary to know whether the dent meets the criteria for a Paintless Dent Repair. First, the paint should be intact. This works if the car is newer, with the more resilient paint jobs.

Second, check the curvature of the dent. Very deep dents, even with intact paint, may not be easily repaired with PDR. This is because to remove the dent, the paint will most probably be damaged in the process.

Third, assess the location of the dent. The second step in PDR involves exposing the back of the dent. If this can’t be done, as in dents in edges or corners, then PDR can be difficult.

Lastly, a sharp crease in the dent will most likely require a paint job after, so PDR is not recommended.

  • Expose the back of the dent

It’s necessary to access the back of the dent. It’s on this side where the tool will be initially positioned. To expose the back of the dent may require removing interior panels or other parts of the body. They can be successfully removed with the right tools and careful handling.

  • Slowly repair the dent

To repair the dent, good lighting is required. Shadows and contrasts in the dent will guide the position of the tools. Tools are positioned behind the dent, and then pressure is carefully applied to the front and back of the area. The dent will be carefully removed inward with the outer edge of the dent manipulated first.

Written by Marc Laferierre, owner of Dents Unlimited. Dents Unlimited offers the best collision repair Columbia MO has to offer.

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