The Basics of How Paintless Dent Repair (PDR) Works

Posted On: November 14, 2016

It’s difficult keeping your car looking “fresh off the lot”, especially with hail. When you live in the prairies, you are far more familiar with hail than you’d like to be. With hail comes small dents on every panel of your car. Paintless dent repair may be the solution for you.

As its name suggests, PDR is capable of repairing hail damage without the need for paintwork. When PDR is insufficient to fix the damage, panel replacements are an option as well. However, an estimated 90% of dents can be repaired via PDR.

Our bodyshop, operating in Regina for over 10 years, is at your service. We understand that it is difficult to find time in your work schedule to bring in your vehicle. Therefore, we are available weekends and holidays by appointment to better serve our customers.

A Brief Overview of How PDR Works

Paintless dent removal works through a few simple steps. The first step to any car body work is assessing the damage. When assessing the damage we ask ourselves a few questions. Where is the dent? How big is the dent? How can we access the dent?

From there, we are able to determine whether or not PDR is a suitable method for repair. Around 80-90% of all dents are. If it can be removed through PDR, our next step is to prepare the area for repair.

Step 2: Gaining Entry to The Dent

In order to perform PDR, a pathway to the dent must be accessible. Usually, paintless dent removal requires access to the back side of the dent (the inside of the panel).

In order to do so, body panels, tail lights, interior panels, etc, must be carefully removed. With access to the dent, we are able to perform the third step in PDR repair.

Step 3: Getting A Better Look

Special tools are used to give our technician a better look at the dent. Fluorescent or LED lighting, and in some cases a reflection board, are used to visualize the deformation of the dent. It is important to get a look at the dent from its point-of-view. By doing so, a shadow of the dent can be created.

From this shadow, our technicians will know exactly where to place the tools required in removing the dent. The tools are placed on the back end of the dent and work by massaging the body panel back to its original condition.

Step 4: Removing the Dent

As stated, special tools are used to carefully return the panel to its original position by pushing out the dent from the inside. A technician will manipulate precise locations of the metal to achieve the correct height.

PDR is an effective, non-invasive process that can be completed within the same day depending on the severity and the amount of dents. It is a quick process that provides amazing results.

Types of Dents Paintless Dent Repair is Best Suited For

Success of PDR is limited by the flexibility of the paint and the severity of damage to the metal. PDR is less effective in dents that have stretched the metal. The intensity of the impact, thickness of metal, and location of the damage factor into how the metal will stretch.

Paintless dent repair is best suited for shallow dents. Large dents can be repaired by PDR as long as the paint and metal are not stretched. Shallow dents indicate that no stretching has occurred.

Got a Dent Perfect for PDR? Bring It to Us!

Whether it’s from hail, or a minor accident, PDR can save you time, and money. Our trusted technicians perform repairs with expertise apart from other companies. You take pride in the way your vehicle looks, and at Courtesy Collision Centre so do we.