What is paintless dent repair? Will PDR dent repair remove the door ding I just got in the parking lot?
Paintless dent repair, also known as PDR dent removal, can be a mobile, inexpensive alternative for small dent removal and hail damage repair. How to remove hail dents using paintless dent removal? The main factor is the location of the dent and access to the backside with paintless dent removal tools, to see if that pesky dent can be fixed. When you looking for paintless dent removal in Austin, Cedar Park or Leander, think Heritage paintless dent repair!
An example of a large dent repair that would (not be a candidate for paintless dent repair) is this Audi R8 at Heritage Body and Frame, this is what paintless dent repair is not the proper application for
- Large dent with sharp creases
- Bodylines, especially with sharp lines
- Doublewall or double thickness metals with no access to the back of the dent. This is where the panel being repaired has multiple layers and has limited access to the dent repair
- Fiberglass and Plastics bumper covers, fiberglass and plastic parts are not candidates for paintless dent repair. These type of materials need to be repaired and refinished by an auto body shop or mobile paint and body technician.
- Structural damage, reinforcement bars should not be repaired and door intrusion beams should not be repaired. These should not be repaired with Paintless dent repair or traditional repair because they are high strength steel. High-strength steels are used in structural components and can be critical in Aig bag safety systems.
- The dent shown above would need to go with auto body shop repair and refinish. This is a more expensive and intrusive process, requiring a few days at the shop, but is necessary to remove the damage completely.
What Paintless dent repair works great for
- shopping cart dents
- door dings
- hail damage
- small collision damage that did not break the paint
How do paintless dent repair technicians remove dents?
Magic! no, really the paintless dent repair technician needs access with tools to the backside where the dent is located. The dent technicians need this access to be able to push and reform the metal very slowly one push at a time with the correct tools, using the memory the metal has from when it was stamped (formed at the factory).
Some vehicles have ample access for tools to reach the backside of panels and some do not. Auto manufacturers are constantly adding and moving structural adhesives, sounds deadening material and double thickness panels that add to the challenge of the paintless dent removal process.
The key is finding a quality paintless dent removal technician, letting them take a look at the vehicle to estimate the damage. Most repair technicians are happy to look at the damage and tell you if PDR will work and provide a free estimate.