What Is Paintless Dent Repair / Removal?
Paintless Dent Repair / Removal (PDR) is a process that restores metal back to its original condition without disturbing the factory paint finish. PDR was developed by technicians on the assembly line of Mercedes Benz during the1940s to repair minor manufacturing flaws. Specialized hand tools were created to gently push the dented metal back to its original form. Today, our technicians use state-of-the-art hand tools and techniques to push the dents out from the inner side of the body panel removing high spots and making the surface flat again. Paintless Dent Repair / Removal may be used on both aluminum and steel panels.
Because the original factory finish is preserved, there is no need for grinding the paint off, and filling the dent with bondo, primers, and sealers that are needed with conventional body repairs. PDR is also 100% environmentally friendly. No chemicals or other toxic materials are used in this process. Since there is no painting involved, PDR eliminates an unnecessary trip to the body shop. In fact, most dents can be removed onsite at your home or business while you wait.
This innovative service has changed the face of the auto body repair industry. Today, customers and insurance companies can maintain the appearance and value of their vehicles without the inconveniences associated with collision repair at a fraction of the cost.
Body shops have discovered that Paintless Dent Repair / Removal is an excellent complement to the repair process whether they use PDR exclusively or in the push to paint process.
Dealerships are amazed at the return on investment when they use PDR to bring both new and used cars to their highest quality or restoring a lease return. Many dealerships we partner with sell PDR directly from their Service Drive as a way to ensure customer loyalty and satisfaction.
Consumers have discovered that for a fraction of the cost, PDR is the ultimate solution to restore their car to its original, pristine condition at their home or place of business in under 2 hours in most cases. Additionally, as there is no body filler or repainting needed, there is no risk of paint overspray on other vehicle areas; no risk of incorrect color matching; and their vehicle retains the original factory paint which is always preferable for the value of the car. A vehicle in excellent condition will hold a higher value than the same vehicle in poor condition.
Insurance companies have also seen the value of PDR as they continue to keep their out-of-pocket costs low often pushing that savings onto their policyholders. Agents are trained to uncover situations where Paintless Dent Removal would be the more profitable solution. In fact, in many cases, if PDR is chosen over traditional techniques, insurance companies often waive the deductible.
Many factors affect the cost of paintless dent removal. Location, depth of dent, conditions of the paint in the dented area, braces and support behind the dent and electronics just to name a few. Many dents appear smaller, but like a rock dropped in a pond, the dent expands both inward and outward.