What is Paintless Dent Removal?
Paintless Dent Removal (PDR), sometimes called Paintless Dent Repair, is a method of repairing dents in a car’s bodywork by reshaping the panel, without the need to fill or paint over the damage. Specialist tools are used to press and massage the damaged panel from behind, pushing out the dented metal to restore its original shape. This repairs the car’s bodywork while maintaining the manufacturer's paintwork finish.
PDR is a popular alternative to conventional dent repair methods and can be much cheaper and quicker to carry out. As the repairs do not require painting and curing, or a costly panel replacement, the whole process is usually completed within a few hours.
PDR can often provide surprising results, making them an increasingly
popular choice for car insurers and company car fleet providers.
It can also be used to complement a more wide-ranging dent repair by helping prepare a damaged panel for repainting and minimising the use of filler.
What does Paintless Dent Repair involve?
Paintless Dent Removal is an expert procedure that must be carried out by 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 body panel, using metal roads and body picks to massage out the dents and return the panel to its original profile. A deeper dent will be repaired in stages.
Fluorescent or LED lighting, or even a reflective board, are often used to help illuminate the damaged area and help the technician visualise the dent as they work.
A variety of specialist tools are used to gain access to the back
of dented panels, and 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 and has many benefits.
- It’s cost-effective
PDR can be a cheaper option in comparison to other dent repair services because it’s fast and doesn’t require any painting.
- You don’t need to claim on your insurance
PDR is usually cheaper than your insurance excess, meaning you won’t need to make a claim and you can keep insurance premiums down.
- There’s no discolouration
With paintless dent repair, you don’t need to worry about a mismatch with the paint colour or finish as your car’s paintwork remains unaltered.
- It’s suitable for any size dent
PDR can work on dents of any size, even very small dings. However, it’s most suited to larger, shallower dents where the paint has not been broken.
- It supports other dent repairs
Paintless dent removal can be used to complement a larger repair by helping to prepare a damaged panel for repainting. This can minimise the use of filler, sanding and repainting. This technique is often referred to as "push to paint".
- It maintains your car’s value
Minor body damage like dents can affect your car’s resale value, so PDR is a great way to fix the damage and maintain your car’s value. It’s also ideal for antique cars where paint colour and finish matching can be more difficult.
- It’s frequently used by leading car manufacturers
PDR is commonly used as a method of repair across the automotive industry and is approved by leading car manufacturers as an established repair technique.
Can ChipsAway carry out PDR?
A number of ChipsAway specialists* are able to offer mobile Paintless Dent Removal. It’s also a service that we offer at a number of our fully equipped CarCare Centres across the UK.
Our repair specialists will first assess the damage to your car to see if it’s suitable for Paintless Dent Removal. In instances where a dent isn’t accessible from behind, or where a dent has caused the paint to crack, we’d recommend a ChipsAway SMART repair instead.
*Note that PDR is only available from a selected number of ChipsAway specialists. To find your nearest specialist, please enquire online or contact us on 0800 1455118 to find out more.
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