Paintless Dent Repair: What is it, Does it Work and Should You do it?


It is early morning and you are ready to go to work or to grab your breakfast, but as soon as you look at your vehicle, you notice small dents or scratches on your vehicle. That every single moment can ruin an otherwise pleasant morning of yours. The reason for such damage can be many things such as damage from a hailstorm, an unexpected hit by kids playing with a football, or hit by the side door of another car. You may try to ignore this instinctively at first, because it may not be necessary for the functioning of our vehicle. You are also afraid too, as it can be very expensive to get it fixed. You also have to leave your vehicle at the premises of an auto body shop and you are going to be without your vehicle for the time being.

Paintless Dent Repair

Paintless dent repair or PDR can fix a variety of dents, dings, or scratches. Paintless dent repair is a technique that can restore the body of your vehicle like a new one from the factory. It is a very time-efficient and cost-effective technique used extensively to fix the smaller dents or scratches by using specialized tools. 

The process

The first step to the PDR process is to assess the damage, like the place of the dent, how big it is, or how did you get it. After assessing most of the dents, they can be repaired by PDR method.

Gain entry to the dent

In most of the PDR cases, it requires access to both sides of the dent. This means you have to remove the body panels, taillights, and in some cases interior panels. Once the technicians have access, they can start performing PDR. They will use special light boards to have a better view of the dent and then place a special tool on the backside of the dent and carefully bring the body back to its original shape.

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Clearing the dent

It involves applying slowly pressure on both sides and removing the dent as the technicians slowly massage through the dent. The PDR process can be finished on the same day in most cases. But in some special cases such as damage by hails, it can take some time. 

Does PDR work?

At first, you have to figure out whether PDR is the option for your vehicle’s damage. PDR is the best option for small forceful impacts, minor dents, dings when parked outside, small hail damage and the other car door’s hit marks. For PDR to work, there should be no paint damage. The smaller and more shallow the dent, the more the PDR is the best option. Once you figure that PDR is the solution, then you take your vehicle to the auto body shop and ask their opinion. The technicians at the auto repair shop know how to fix these minor dents with PDR. They have special tools to get the job done. At first, they assess the damage. Then they will gain entry to the backside of the dent and have better look at the problem area. To fix these smaller dents you have to have access to both sides. Once you have the access then it’s time to perform PDR. By slowly applying pressure on both sides with a PDR tool, it will get the job done. As long as there is no major damage to the structural integrity of the vehicle, they can fix it in no time and in a very cost-effective way. 

PDR functions really well on small dents and scratches. You will not be able to notice any after marks on the vehicle.

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But again like every method of fixing your car, there are many limitations with PDR. PDR only works when there is small damage like minor dent, dings, or scratches to your vehicle. PDR doesn’t work if the dents seriously cracked the paint of the surface. Any damage that is perfectly visible from the distance can be too much for PDR. If the dent is much deeper than an inch or so and the paint is chipped or cracked too much, then the other options may be more value to the money. Because doing PDR on large dents can stretch the metallic surface too much can cause further problems. If there is a deep cut to the body of the vehicle, PDR is not a viable option.

Should you do it?

Paintless dent repair is very quick, effective, less expensive, and the best way to get rid of the small dents, dings, or scratches. The only thing that matters is whether the dent can be fixed by PDR.  So it is your job to figure out if the damage is not extreme and can be fixed by PDR. 

Once you know that these dents or scratches are small enough to be fixed by PDR, there is no better option other than PDR. This method has so many other benefits like car value retention. Cars that have an intact original paint job usually pays more when you wish to sell them at a later stage. Since there is no painting required, you don’t have to worry about an inaccurate color match. The most important thing is to take care of the dent as soon as it appears. That will enhance the life of your vehicle.