It is normal for your car to sustain minor dents and dings from time to time. It may be as a result of a minor fender bender, falling objects, projectiles from the road while driving or even door dings when parking. When this happens, you should trust a certified paintless dent repair technician to fix your vehicle’s dents using efficient, cost-effective modern dent repair techniques.
How Does Paintless Dent Removal Work?
Paintless dent repair (PDR), as the name suggests, is a paintless and minimally invasive dent repair technique that involves massaging out the dent cavity. Unlike the traditional dent repair process, PDR doesn’t utilize body fillers or require any stripping of automotive paint. This means that your vehicle’s body panels are not sanded down, replaced, nor repainted. As such, this method preserves the original factory finish of your vehicle (and its valuable warranty) and repairs can be completed in record time. When done properly and methodically, paintless dent repair can take two hours or less to complete.
Your technician will first examine the dents on your car to determine if paintless dent repair is the best fix, and which dent repair techniques to use. If the car’s original paint isn’t chipped or severely cracked due to the damage, then PDR is suitable. If there are deep dents and creases, then your technician will use other large dent repair techniques to fix the serious dents. Your paintless dent repair technician will determine the best dent repair techniques after examining your vehicle’s dents.
Main Paintless Dent Repair Techniques
Using Specialist Tools to Massage the Dent
First, your PDR technician will access the damaged panels from the backside, expertly removing a panel if need be. This will enable the technician to see and touch the dents from behind. Using specialized tools such industry-grade rubber hammers, they will then gently tap and massage the dents back to position. The process requires a combination of experience, precision, patience and the right specialist tools for the dent in question. Once the dents revert to the original position on your car’s body, the technician may again massage them more clinically to make sure that the dented areas are restored perfectly. Each technician will carefully inspect the repair job to ensure they’re satisfied with the results, and only then will they return the restored car to the customer.
The Glue Pulling Method
If the dents cannot be accessed from the backside of the panels, your technician may use specialist glue to pull out the dents without damaging the car’s paint. Depending on the size and shape of the dents, your technician will use one or more plastic tabs that are glued to the dent. They will then use a gripping tool to gently and slowly pull at the tab, expertly pulling the dent back to position. The technician may repeat the process to achieve uniformity. Your PDR technician will then clean the area, leaving your car’s body panel dent-free.
Body Panels are Easily Repaired With PDR
These two main dent repair techniques are used to fix dents and dings on your vehicle, whether it’s new or pre-owned. You may wonder what parts of your car are most suitable for paintless dent repair. It largely depends on the material used to make your car’s body panels, how big the dents are, the shape of the panel and whether the dented panels can be accessed from the interior. The hood, roof, quarter panel, front fenders and doors are easily repaired with PDR. Before paying for expensive and time-consuming traditional repairs, opt for a PDR evaluation first. A certified paintless dent removal technician can assess the dents on your car and recommend either PDR or traditional dent repair techniques.
PDR is the ultimate dent repair technique that you should consider when your car sustains dents and dings. You want the minimally invasive dent repair techniques that preserve the integrity of your car’s original paint and restore its appearance and value. For efficient, cost-effective paintless dent repairs, contact Dent Shop California today to schedule a free evaluation.