Paintless Dent Repair is a technique used to repair shallow dents such as hail damage, door dings, or minor body damage. It originated in the Mercedes and BMW factories in Germany over 60 years ago, and was brought to the US in the 1980’s most notably by Nattalio Balderama of Dent Wizard. Technicians use a variety of methods; most commonly using metal rods and body picks to slowly “push” out the dent from the underside without damaging the paint.They may also use a technique called “glue pulling” where they pull the dent out from the outside, but this is not as common.
PDR can be a much more cost effective method than traditional body repair or replacing panels for several reasons. First of all, it is much quicker. In traditional body repair, lots of factors create delays including waiting on parts to be delivered, scheduling the paint booth, waiting for the paint to dry, removing and reinstalling parts takes a lot of time. But with PDR you don’t have to worry about any of that, you just have one technician working at his own pace on one car at a time. Another reason is that you don’t have to buy parts, the only expense is labor. Parts are, of course, a huge expense in body repair, and not just any body tech can do PDR it takes real finesse and training. These are highly skilled technicians who take years to learn this craft. And lastly, there is no paint involved which can be an expensive process, especially when there is hail damage on several panels.
Not all PDR is created equal and not all dents are good candidates for PDR. There are some things to watch out for. Some unscrupulous technicians may drill small holes into panels so that they can reach the ding. Others may crack the paint, so that the untrained eye cannot see it. Both of these things can cause corrosion.
When done correctly, Paintless Dent Repair is great option because it can save time and money. Just make sure the work is done by a reputable company that offers you a lifetime warranty on the repair.