How Does Paintless Dent Repair Work?
PDR Process and Techniques
Each day, hundreds of Dent Wizard’s PDR technicians across the country safely restore vehicles to their original factory condition without compromising a vehicle’s original painted finish, or a consumer’s wallet.
Read on to learn how Dent Wizard’s paintless dent repair process—which we pioneered more than 32 years ago—works to restore vehicles to their pre-damage condition.
Assess the Damage
The first step to any repair process is to assess the damage. Where is the dent? How big is the dent? How do we get to the dent? After assessing the damage and determining if it can be effectively removed through PDR (as 80-90% of all dents are), we prepare the area around the dent for the repair.
Gain Entry to The Dent
In most cases, PDR requires you to access the back side of the dent, which means carefully removing body panels, tail lights, or in some cases, interior panels. To perform PDR, you need a pathway to the dent.
Once we have access to a dent, it’s time to perform the PDR repair. This is where the precision and expertise of our trained technicians comes into play.
Get A Better Look at the Dent
Dent Wizard uses a special light board to give our technician a better look at the offending dent from his or her point of view. The board displays a shadow of the dent, telling the tech where to precisely place tools on the back end of the dent to massage the body back to its original condition.
Apply Slow Pressure to Work out the Dent
Special tools are then utilized to carefully massage the exterior back to its original position.
The PDR process can be completed with same-day service, depending on a dent’s severity, and the results are amazing; even more so considering how non-invasive and quick the process really is.
Want to see how paintless dent removal works with your own eyes? View the entire PDR process step-by-step performed by a Dent Wizard tech in this How does Paintless Dent Repair work video:
WHAT KIND OF DAMAGE CAN BE REPAIRED USING PDR?
Paintless Dent Repair can remove a variety of dents, dings, and body creases. PDR is a specialized technique utilized to restore vehicles to their factory condition quickly and cost effectively. Additionally, if there is no damage to the paint, the dent, ding, or crease is likely repairable using PDR. Moreover, PDR is an excellent solution to help restore your vehicle to its original condition for dents of all sizes, including small hail damage to large creases.
HOW LONG DOES PAINTLESS DENT REPAIR TAKE?
Standard paintless dent repairs are very time efficient and, in most cases, can be completed same day. However, PDR times can vary based on severity of damage such as size, positioning on vehicle, and quantity of dents, dings, or creases. More specifically, hail damage may take a few days to completely remove all the damage on the surface area of the vehicle.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN PAINTLESS DENT REPAIR AND TRADITIONAL DENT REPAIR?
Traditional dent repair fills in auto body dents with paint or body filler, which is then painted to match the rest of the vehicle’s exterior. While this process can make a vehicle look as good as new, it doesn’t address the actual dent in a way that is a sustainable, long-term solution. It’s also time-consuming, expensive and can impact the re-sale value of your vehicle.
Paintless Dent Repair, on the other hand, requires no fillers and no sanding. More and more consumers are finding PDR to be an effective and inexpensive alternative to getting minor repairs done at a body shop. PDR offers more “bang for your buck” than traditional dent repair methods and is a great way to care for your vehicle’s exterior affordably.
Why Dent Wizard?
Dent Wizard made the paintless dent repair technique popular in the early 1980s, introducing PDR to North America. Since then, several local competitors have made some headway in the marketplace, but Dent Wizard remains the original and leading solution for Paintless Dent Repair.
Dent Wizard’s PDR process is often imitated, but never duplicated. All our technicians nationwide participate in a rigorous training course held at our St. Louis headquarters before becoming official Dent Wizards. When you choose paintless dent repair from Dent Wizard, you know you are partnering with the original, most trusted source for PDR.
HOW CAN I BECOME A DENT WIZARD TECHNICIAN?
Dent Wizard offers the most comprehensive tuition-free PDR training program in the industry. It consists of eight weeks at our St. Louis training center, learning the intricacies of the Dent Wizard Process with both classroom and hands-on experiences. Ongoing training in advanced techniques and additional certification opportunities are offered throughout a Dent Wizard technician’s career. Learn more about the Automotive Technician Training & Career Path or apply online.
Check out the PDR section of our website and view our Facebook page, where we regularly share amazing before and after photos provided by real Dent Wizard technicians on-the-job.
Need PDR? Contact us today or find a location near you.