Any imperfection, from a minor ding to a major dent, can kill your vehicle’s sleek appearance. Thankfully, getting your car back in shape doesn’t have to be expensive or take an extended period of time anymore. You might have hail damage, some pings and dings here and there, or even a good-sized dent — paintless dent repair might just be the best option for repairing your vehicle.
What exactly is Paintless Dent Repair?
Paintless Dent Repair (also called PDR) is a process for fixing a dent on a vehicle’s body without requiring any application of auto paint. Carefully, an experienced technician uses specialized tools to move the displaced metal back into its original state. As the tech works the metal back into place, the dent disappears — all without further damage or need to repaint.
Advantages of PDR
Paintless Dent Repair can save you a lot of money. Without the additional body work involved to repaint, such as using filler or sanding, PDR may cost much less than other types of body work.
PDR can often be completed faster, too, which saves you time. Depending on the type and extent of the damage, this repair method may take just a few hours. And when there is no damage to the paint, you don’t have to worry about color matching or lowering your car’s value because of a new paint job.
Now, in some instances, PDR methods cannot be used. If the dented area:
- Has sharp edges or torn metal
- Has paint that’s broken, scratched, or removed
- Is near the edge of a panel
- Been previously worked on