Our Paintless Dent Repair Process
Paintless Dent Repair (PDR) is an innovative dent repair process that restores dented vehicle body panels to their original factory condition. PDR is a non-invasive process that uses specially designed tools to gently manipulate and flex the panel back to its original form — without damaging the vehicle’s factory finish.
The most common PDR techniques utilize metal rods and body picks to push out the dents from the underside of the body panel. Glue and specially designed tabs may be used to pull out the dents from the outside of the panel. Fine tuning the repair often involves tapping down the repair to remove small high spots. Our expert technicians can blend high spots to match the texture of the paint called orange peel. Pushing too hard can create high spots that cause the clear coat and paint to split or crack. Experienced technicians can avoid cracking or chipping with the use of heat.
The process of paintless dent repair requires a technician to manipulate precise locations of metal to the correct height, which can only be observed by the use of a Paintless Dent Repair reading instrument such as a paintless dent repair light. Fluorescent or LED lighting, or in some cases a reflection board, may be used to visualize the deformation of the dent and to aid the technician in locating the tip of the tool being used to push the metal.
This unique process takes only a few minutes, so dent repairs are performed easily and conveniently. Unlike body shop repairs, which typically involve body fillers, sanding, and painting, vehicles repaired through the PDR method retain their value. The PDR process can repair most minor dents, dings, creases, and even hail damage without the high expense and inconvenience of other traditional auto repair methods.