What is Paintless Dent Repair (PDR)?
PDR is a method of removing minor dents and dings without removing any paint from the vehicle. This is done by very patiently massaging the dent out from the back of the panel using specialized tools. For more information, please read the the Wikipedia entry for PDR: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paintless_dent_repair
What are the benefits of PDR?
- Quality - This method is the closest you can get to the dent never happening in the first place. No grinding, bondo, fillers, or primers are needed because your original factory paint is not disturbed. There are no problems with filler or paint shrinkage months after the repair as is typical with most body shop repairs.
- Cost - Repairs are typically between one-quarter to one-third the cost of conventional dent repair.
- Time - Many dents can be fixed in less than an hour. Hail damage is typically fixed in one day with PDR. A body shop may take 2-3 weeks for the same type of damage.
- Eco-Friendly - Since the PDR process keeps the original factory paint on your vehicle, there is no need for the paint, chemicals, or other toxins that are used extensively in body shops when repairing dents. PDR is 100% environmentally friendly.
Do most PDR technicians do quality work?
Unfortunately as of now, there are no licensing or performance standards for this industry. This is mostly due to PDR still being in the growing stages as a profession. Making a decision on which PDR technician to use based on the cheapest price can often be a mistake, as skill levels vary widely among technicians. See the BAD PDR page for examples of sub-standard workmanship.
How do I find a quality PDR technician?
One way is to look for a NAPDRT member technician. NAPDRT is a not-for-profit organization that is on the forefront of setting nationally accepted standards for our industry. NAPDRT technicians agree to a set of standards and to be bound by a CSI (Consumer satisfaction Index ). In addition, many NAPDRT members are Vale National Certified. This is the only nationally recognized independent certification available to PDR technicians.
Will my paint be damaged?
No. Today's factory paints are very flexible and will not be damaged in any way by this process. PDR is the only way to repair a dent and still keep your factory paint.
Will my dents be 100% gone?
On minor dents, in most cases, yes. The deeper the dent, the more difficult it is to repair. Even on larger dents, most people are amazed at the results.
Will my dents come back?
Absolutely not. Once a dent has been removed properly with PDR, it never comes back.
Can any dent be fixed?
No. The most important factors in determining if a dent can be repaired by PDR are depth and location. Dents the size of a dinner plate or larger can be fixed successfully, as long as they are not too deep. On the other hand, some dents that are as small as a dime but very deep, cannot be fixed using PDR because the metal is too stretched. Cracked paint can also be an indication that a dent is too deep.
The most common dents fixed are the size of a golf ball and under. Most (about 95%) minor dents can be repaired. About 5% of minor dents can't be fixed due to depth or location. Areas such as some quarter panel opening lips, some forward areas of heavily braced hoods, or the very edges of some panels are examples of bad locations.
Can PDR help me sell my car?
Ever hear the saying "Image is everything"? Most people judge a car by its appearance. If it looks good they assume it has been well taken care of. Used car dealers and wholesalers know this. They also know what they spend on PDR will make them many times over what they spend, and will help them sell the car quicker. If you're selling your car, PDR is one of the best ways to get top dollar, more interested buyers, and a quicker sale.