If your car got caught in one of this year’s dramatic hail storm it’s time to consider how you want it repaired.
Because, yes, there are different methods for undoing dents.
For a few decades now, body shops have been using paintless dent repair or paintless dent removal (PDR). Conventional dent repair pulls the dent up from the outside by welding a rod to the dent. Then the rod has to be ground off, the spot has to be filled (as with bondo, for example), sanded and painted over.
As opposed to conventional dent repair, PDR typically attempts to reach the dent from underneath and push it out. This involves removing certain pieces of the interior, when it’s reasonable to do so.
PDR can also involve setting up a bar over the dent, gluing a tab to the dent and pulling it out. The risk in both methods is that the sheet metal may not magically return to its original flawless form.
When it’s time for PDR
Even though PDR is a simpler process than traditional dent repair, it’s not always the right one. You may go with conventional methods when:
– The paint is damaged
– The metal is damaged
– The dent is so large that either the paint or the metal may have stretched
– The damage is in a difficult spot to reach
If your car is a candidate for PDR, you need to vet your repairman. After hailstorms, teams of out-of-town mobile PDR “technicians” are known to flock to the afflicted locations, offering quick and cheap fixes. It’s wiser to go with an established, local shop (like Great Plains Auto Body) who will still be in business if you need any follow-up.
Got questions about PDR? Call Great Plains Auto Body 402.334.7100
We understand the current outbreak is worrying, and we want to take a moment to share the ways we can all help keep the workplace safe, as well as the steps we are taking as an organization.
Great Plains Auto Body has heightened cleaning and all front lobbies are removed all non-essential items. We are wiping down handles, chair handles, doorknobs, etc. to maintain the sanitary of our lobbies.
We are following the guidelines from the CDC in terms of sterilization and cleanliness on our lobbies at all our locations. If you have any questions about the extra measures we are taking at this time, please feel free to give us a call and we can speak with you about your concerns and work to a solution to best facilitate the repair process for all parties.
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Wishing everybody safety and good health.