It seems hard to believe that dings, dents, and other damage to a vehicle's body could be repaired without having to use touch-up paint, but it's true! Here is everything you need to know about paintless dent removal (PDR).
-- How does it work?
The process requires the use of special paintless dent removal tools that enable a technician to access the area behind the damage and work on it from that angle. Because all work is performed from the back and not the front, there is no need for touch-up paint. The metal behind the ding or dent is gently pushed back into position through a series of taps and pushes using the paintless dent removal tools. When the procedure is finished, the damage will have been repaired without affecting either the exterior finish or the integrity of the body. In nearly all cases, the paintless dent removal tools coupled with easy access points in most automobiles make the removal of a door or other part unnecessary.
-- Does PDR fix all types of dents?
The simple answer is no. If you have been in a collision involving another car, the chances are extremely high that your vehicle's surface will have some of the other car's paint left on it. In that case, touch-up paint will be necessary. The best types of damage that can easily be fixed with PDR are dents or dings caused by a door being opened and weather-related problems.
When your car gets dinged in a parking lot, for example, the dent created is generally shallow, and hail stones also leave shallow marks. This type of damage is easily reparable with no residual signs of auto body work using PDR. Due to the versatility of paintless dent removal tools, all panels of a car are candidates for this type of repair: doors, trunk, roof, pillars, and hood.
-- What are the advantages of using PDR?
If your car has suffered hail damage, you can be back on the road again in as little as 1 to 2 hours! In addition to the fantastic turnaround time, the cost of this type of repair is a mere fraction of the price of other methods. Although most insurance companies will cover the cost of PDR repair, unless you have already met your yearly deductible it is probably advisable to pay for the repair yourself. Because it's so inexpensive, the cost of PDR will probably not meet your deductible anyway and you can have your car look great again affordably without risking an increase in premiums.
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