Regular car dent repairs work by filling in the auto’s dents using a body filler and paint. The paint gets matched to the exterior color and makes a car look just like it had never been dented in the first place. With paintless dent removal or PDR, the process of removing dents is done in a way that offers a longer-term solution.
Paintless dent removal differs from traditional auto body repairs by not requiring any drilling to the auto’s body to pull a dent out. There is no need for fillers and no need for sanding. This process is more time consuming than regular dent removal but it can affect the value of your car in a very positive way. It tends to cost less than a regular dent repair, but it may not work if your dents have chipped through the paint.
If a car’s paint has not been cracked or chipped, PDR is the best option. It is environmentally friendly and it brings your car back to its original condition. It works to get rid of small dents, dings and body creases. It does not involve compromising the paint on the car, either.
The way it works is that a repair technician gets the dents out using special paintless dent removal tools. The process requires using one specific tool that looks like a rod that is bent. The technician will also use an S-hook tool. This is used to press dents out from of the back of the body to the exterior.
The technician must work under proper lighting because PDR requires an eye for reshaping the dent back to its former state. Special lines, shadows, and highlights are created with lighting to help guide the technician to reshaping the body in the correct way using the two essential tools.
When fixing door dents, the technician uses the PDR rod with another object to attain leverage. The tool is put into the door through holes that are at the ends of most modern doors. These holes are sometimes covered with a plug. Using the rod, the technician reshapes the dent just as he would on other parts of the car, using lighting as a guide. Once everything is smoothed out and curves just the right way the opposite side of the car does, the dents are gone.
The car is fixed and free of dents. There is no need for drilling, filling or sanding the area. There is no need for time-consuming paint matching either. There is also no need to wait for the paint to dry. A car or other vehicle can be freed of dents in much less time than another form of dent repair would take.
There is a reason that this process has taken off in popularity. Because of how the process is simplified using specific tools, anyone can learn to do PDR. It is a cost-effective alternative to regular dent repair and it is a better way to keep your vehicle’s value intact.