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What is PDR

Paintless dent removal also known as paintless dent repair (PDR) is a collection of techniques for removing minor dents and dings where the damage has not incurred any paint damage.

Paintless Dent Removal technicians use specialized tools to massage the metal back into is original form from behind the dent.   Depending on the location of the damage, the panel is accessed through window openings or through other access openings.  Rarely is an interior panel removed for access, which aids the speed of the process.  

If there is no access to get behind the dent, a process known as glue pulling may be used.  This is only an option for vehicles that have original paint.  If the car has aftermarket paint, the process may remove the paint.  Glue pulling uses specially designed tabs that get glued to the dent with glue made specifically for PDR.  After a set amount of time, the tab is pulled and if the glue bonds well enough, the dent is pulled out.  This process rarely works with one pull and may take upwards of 20-50 pulls.


Some people wonder if their paint will be damaged by using PDR.  Today's factory paints are very flexible and will not be damaged in any way by this process when done by a qualified technician. Also dents will not come back at a later date because the metal was restored to pre-accident condition.

Paintless dent removal takes years to learn; it is more of an art than a specific set of skills.  An untrained individual can actually damage a dent if attempting a repair without the correct skills and knowledge.

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