Paintless Dent Repair is a method used to manipulate the metal back into shape without having to bondo, sand, or paint the dent. PDR removes small dents from the painted sheet metal panels of a vehicle using a specialized set of tools and techniques to re-sculpt the damaged area from behind without affecting the paint.
A wide range of damage can be repaired using PDR as long as the paint surface is intact. The most common use for PDR is to repair hail damage, door dings, minor creases, and large dents. PDR can also be used to prepare a damaged panel for repainting by minimizing the use of body filler.
If the metal of your car has been stretched by the damage, PDR might not be possible. It can be difficult to use PDR if the vehicle’s paint isn’t flexible, but most of today’s automotive paint allows for successful PDR. Dents several inches in diameter can be repaired by this method as long as the metal and paint are not stretched. Most experienced technicians (like the ones at Great Plains Auto Body) can repair a shallow large, dent to an acceptable level, but sharp dents may not be suitable for PDR.
PDR is a great choice when it comes to small dents; it’s cheaper, quicker, more eco-friendly, and maintains the value of your vehicle. Your technician will be able to tell you if your car’s dents or dings are eligible for PDR.