Paintless dent repair (PDR), also known as paintless dent removal, describes a method of removing dents and dings from the body of a motor vehicle. A wide range of damage can be repaired using the paintless dent repair mehtod as long as the paint surface is intact. Paintless dent repair may be used on both aluminum and steel panels.
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This method can also be utilized to prepare a damaged panel for repainting by minimizing the use of body filler. This technique is currently known as “push to paint” or “push for paint”.
Limiting factors for a successful repair using paintless dent repair include the flexibility of the paint (most of today’s refined automotive paint finishes allow for successful PDR) and the extent to which the metal has been stretched by the damage, which depends on the thickness of the metal, the curvature or flatness where the damage occurred and the intensity of the impact. Generally speaking, the shallower the dent, the greater the likelihood of paintless dent repair being a suitable option. Even dents several inches in diameter can be repaired by this method as long as the metal and paint are not stretched. Most experienced technicians can repair a shallow large dent or crease to an acceptable level, but very sharp dents and creases may not be suitable for paintless dent repair.
Watch the video below put together by PDR Nation for an even better explanation.
PDR Nation is group formed by PDR Technicians to better the Paintless Dent Repair industry.
They not only certify technicians but bring high standards, accountability and a very high level of ethics to the practice. They also are responsible for distributing educational and business information to everyone in the industry.
We are glad to be apart of such a great group!