What is Paintless Dent Removal and How Does it Work?
What is Paintless Dent Removal?
Paintless Dent Removal (PDR), is a method of repairing dents in a car’s bodywork by reshaping the panel. This means there is no need to fill or paint over the damage. During PDR, specialist tools are used to press and massage the damaged panel from behind. As a result, the dented metal is pushed out, to restore its original shape. This repairs the bodywork, while maintaining the manufacturer’s paintwork finish.
PDR is a popular alternative to conventional dent repair methods, as it can be cheaper and quicker. As the repairs do not require painting and curing, the whole process is usually completed within a few hours.
PDR can provide efficient results, making them a
popular choice for insurers and car fleet providers.
PDR can be the best option for smaller dents, where the paint has not broken. These may be dents picked up from trolleys or car park dings, or those caused by hail or stones. It can also complement a more wide-ranging dent repair, by preparing a damaged panel for repainting, minimising the use of filler.
What does Paintless Dent Repair involve?
Paintless Dent Removal is an expert procedure that requires a skilled technician. The technician needs to carefully manipulate precise locations of metal to the correct height. This is often done from the inside of the panel, using metal roads and body picks to massage out the dents, returning the panel to its original state. A deeper dent will need multiple stages.
Fluorescent or LED lighting are often used to illuminate the damaged area. This helps the technician to visualise the dent as they work.
A variety of specialist tools used to gain access to the back
of dented panels. These carefully massage dents out from the inside.
What are the benefits of Paintless Dent Removal?
Paintless dent removal is a popular method of car bodywork repair, due to its many benefits:
- It’s cost-effective
PDR is cheaper, in comparison to other dent repair services. This is due to it being fast, and it doesn’t need any painting.
- You don’t need to claim on your insurance
Paintless Dent Removal is normally cheaper than your insurance excess. This means you won’t need to make a claim, helping you to keep your insurance premiums down.
- There’s no discolouration
With Paintless Dent Repair, you don’t need to worry about matching the paint colour. As your car’s bodywork remains unaltered, it’s one less thing to worry about. At ChipsAway, all our paint colours are mixed on site, to match your car’s bodywork.
- It’s suitable for any size dent
PDR can work on dents of any size, even very small dings. But, it’s most suited to larger, shallow dents, where the paint has not been broken. If your paint has been damaged when you dented your car, you will also need a paintwork job.
- It maintains your car’s value
Minor body damage can affect your car’s resale value. PDR is a great way to fix the damage and maintain the value of your car. It’s also ideal for antique cars where paint colour and finish matching can be more difficult.
- It’s used by leading car manufacturers
PDR is commonly used as a method of repair across the automotive industry. It is approved by leading car manufacturers as, an established repair technique.
Can ChipsAway carry out PDR?
Many ChipsAway specialists* are able to offer mobile Paintless Dent Removal. It’s also a service that many of our Car Care Centres across the UK can provide.
Our specialists will assess the damage to your car, to see if it’s suitable for PDR. In instances where a dent isn’t accessible from behind or has caused the paint to crack, we recommend a ChipsAway SMART repair instead.
*Note that PDR is only available from a selected number of ChipsAway specialists. To find your nearest, please enquire online or call us on 0800 1455118.