What is PDR?
PDR stands for “paintless dent repair” which is the process of removing dings and minor dents by carefully massaging the damaged area back to shape with specialized tools.
What are the advantages of PDR?
- Unlike traditional paintwork, PDR does not require the use of body fillers and re-applied, non-factory paint (which can be very difficult to match) to repair a damaged panel on a vehicle. Your vehicle retains it’s original finish with this “environmentally friendly” process.
- Depending on the location of the damage, a traditional repair may require adjoining panels to be refinished as well to make the color blend unnoticeable.
- The value of your vehicle is preserved upon resale as a prospective buyer can’t be certain whether the re-painted panel had a ding, scratch or severe damage with hidden and lingering issues.
- The cost of PDR is significantly lower than a traditional repair, frequently less than a quarter of the cost.
- A PDR repair can often be performed in about an hour and usually less than a day depending on the severity of the vehicles damage.
What factors determine if a dent can be PDR’d?
Depth and location of damage are two of the most critical factors determining whether an acceptable PDR repair can be performed.
- The depth of a dent is relative to the amount that the sheet metal has been “stretched”. PDR is limited in it’s ability to shrink extremely stretched metal.
- The location of a dent determines whether it can be accessed with tools from the backside of the panel. Although reasonable access is preferred, many obstructed dings can potentially be repaired with advancements in today’s PDR tooling.