How Paintless Dent Repair Works

What is Paintless Dent repair?

Paintless Dent Repair (PDR), also known as Paintless Dent Removal, is an environmentally-friendly repair method that restores a vehicle's body to factory-like condition in a fraction of the time at a fraction of the cost. PDR can be used to remove dings and dents from vehicles, as well as body creases and hail damage. The paintless dent repair process involves four primary steps, outlined below:

1. Assess the damage
2. Gain entry to the dent
3. Get a better look at the dent
4. Apply slow pressure to work out the dent

Learn more about these four steps below.

What Kind of Dents Can Be Repaired Using PDR?

Paintless Dent Repair can remove a variety of dents, dings, and body creases. PDR is a specialized technique utilized to restore vehicles to their factory condition quickly and cost effectively. Additionally, if there is no damage to the paint, the dent, ding, or crease is likely repairable using PDR. Moreover, PDR is an excellent solution to help restore your vehicle to its original condition for dents of all sizes, including small hail damage to large creases.

How Does Paintless Dent Repair Work?

TommyCar Collision Center has a dedicated team trained to restore vehicles to their original factory condition.  Using the latest techniques in PDR TommyCar Collision Center's Team can help without compromising your vehicle's painted finish or your wallet.  

Read on to learn How TommyCar Collision Center's paintless dent removal process works to restore vehicles back to their pre-damaged condition.

PDR Process and Techniques

Assess the Damage
The first step to any repair process is to assess the damage. Where is the dent? How big is the dent? How do we get to the dent? After assessing the damage and determining if it can be effectively removed through PDR (as 80-90% of all dents are), we prepare the area around the dent for the repair.

Gain Entry to The Dent
In most cases, PDR requires you to access the back side of the dent, which means carefully removing body panels, tail lights, or in some cases, interior panels. To perform PDR, you need a pathway to the dent.

Once we have access to a dent, it's time to perform the PDR repair. This is where the precision and expertise of our trained technicians comes into play.

Get A Better Look at the Dent
TommyCar Collision Center uses a special light board to give our technician a better look at the offending dent from his or her point of view. The board displays a shadow of the dent, telling the tech where to precisely place tools on the back end of the dent to massage the body back to its original condition.

Apply Slow Pressure to Work out the Dent
Special tools are then utilized to carefully massage the exterior back to its original position.
The PDR process can be completed with same-day service, depending on a dent's severity, and the results are amazing; even more so considering how non-invasive and quick the process really is.

Paintless Dent Repair Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to perform PDR on my Vehicle?
Standard paintless dent repairs are very time efficient and, in most cases, can be completed same day. However, PDR times can vary based on severity of damage such as size, positioning on vehicle, and quantity of dents, dings, or creases. More specifically, hail damage may take a few days to completely remove all the damage on the surface area of the vehicle.

What is different about PDR versus regular dent repair?
Traditional dent repair fills in auto body dents with paint or body filler, which is then painted to match the rest of the vehicle's exterior. While this process can make a vehicle look as good as new, it doesn't address the actual dent in a way that is a sustainable, long-term solution. It's also time-consuming, expensive and can impact the re-sale value of your vehicle.
Paintless Dent Repair, on the other hand, requires no fillers and no sanding. More and more consumers are finding PDR to be an effective and inexpensive alternative to getting minor repairs done at a body shop. PDR offers more "bang for your buck" than traditional dent repair methods and is a great way to care for your vehicle's exterior affordably.

Can I do Paintless Dent Repair Myself?
PDR is a process that often "Looks easy" but takes not only training, but practice.  We often see customers that have attempted to do this type of repair themselves using kits that they find on-line. This can make the damage worse and result in deep creases, internal scratches, broken glass or remove PDR as an option for correcting the damage making the repair far more costly.