What Is Paintless Dent Repair? 

Paintless Dent Repair (PDR), also known as Paintless Dent Removal, is an environmentally-friendly repair method that restores a vehicle’s body to the factory-like condition in a fraction of the time at a fraction of the cost. PDR can be used to remove dings and dents from vehicles, as well as body creases and hail damage. The paintless dent repair process involves four primary steps, outlined below:

1. Assess the damage
2. Gain entry to the dent
3. Get a better look at the dent
4. Apply slow pressure to work out the dent

Learn more about these four steps below.

HOW DOES PAINTLESS DENT REPAIR WORK?

PDR Process and Techniques

Each day, hundreds of PDR Program’s repair facilities across the country safely restore vehicles to their original factory condition without compromising a vehicle’s original painted finish, or a consumer’s wallet.

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 come into play.

Get A Better Look at the Dent

PDR Program’s repair facilities use 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. 

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 matched to 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 resale 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 the condition of your vehicle’s exterior affordably.