Dents. We all hate them. They are unsightly, depreciate the value of our cars and even affect a symbol of status for certain people. Most people are hesitant to get these blemishes fixed because we all know that a body shop is very expensive. But, if we only knew that an alternative generally costing 2/3 less than the traditional method were available, we’d think twice about living with that car scar.
Paintless dent removal (pdr) is a process where minor dents and dings can be removed by using specialized tools that allow a dent to be pushed up (or pulled up) without disturbing the paint surface. Access is gained on the offended panel, and with these special tools and dent is massaged out with carefully placed pushes or pulls. If the paint is intact, the dent isn’t too stretched (deep), and access allows, it can be repaired with pdr.
There are two ways that a dent can be repaired through the paintless method:
Access is gained behind the dent on any given panel and pressure is applied via a specialized set of metal rods until the dent is pushed flat again.
If access is limited behind the panel, it may be possible to repair a dent using a special glue. A plastic tab is fixed to the top of the dent using this special hot glue. Once the glue cools, it adheres to the tab and the panel to be fixed. Gripping onto the plastic tab and pulling outward pulls the dent out. This method is far less accurate and generally requires tapping down over-pulled portions of the dent.
Traditional body shops have to grind off the paint, apply body filler (bondo), sand the body filler to reshape the panel flat again, primer, sand, paint, clear coat, and finally wet sand and buff. With the amount of work they have to do, it’s no wonder why traditional body shops are expensive.
Now, I’m not here to bash older methods. I have a great respect for what they do. I even worked for a body shop so I know how hard their work is. I am just trying to explain how paintless dent removal can be a great alternative to traditional body shops given the right conditions. If in fact your paint finish is disturbed and can’t be corrected with a wet-sand and buff, a full service auto body shop is your best chance at a flawless repair.
Now, the whys:
Save money: Paintless dent removal is 1/3 to 2/3 less expensive than the old choice for repairs. There are no materials needed (usually) to perform a pdr. Less supplies means lower cost, and being that most paintless dent technicians are fully mobile, they don’t have the expensive overhead of a proper body shop. All this means is that the costs are a lot lower for you.
Save value: As in your car’s value. Everyone knows if your car has been repainted, it lowers the value of your car when you sell or trade it in. The integrity of a factory paint job is far superior to that of a repaint. Factory paint jobs are baked on at very high temperatures in extremely clean conditions creating the best possible paint surface.
Save time: The traditional body shop, for small repairs takes 3-5 days to complete the work. Most paintless dent removal can be done in a matter of hours, sometimes less than an hour. Again, being that technicians are usually fully mobile, repairs can be done at your home or work while you take care of your business. An additional perk is that since you won’t have your car out for more than a few hours, you won’t have to rent a car until repairs are done, thus saving you money.
Why paintless dent removal?…Why not?
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