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Pros and Cons of Paintless Dent Removal

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What is Paintless Dent Removal?

If you are looking for small dent repair or dent removal, paintless might be the way to go. Paintless Dent Removal (PDR) usually needs access to the back side of the dent. This means that the body panels will have to be carefully removed. Once access to the dent is obtained, slow and consistent pressure is applied to the back of the dent to carefully massage the metal back to its original position.

Because of how quick it can be done, PDR is often a same day service and the results are amazing – for both your car and your wallet!

Benefits of Paintless Dent Repair

It generally requires hail the size of a golf ball to damage and dent a vehicle. If your vehicle has been damaged by hail or otherwise has a small dent, here are some benefits of paintless dent removal:

Retains Car Value: Traditional repairs usually require the use of body filler and repainting dented and damaged areas. Using paintless dent repair will help maintain the vehicle’s value by restoring the car to its original condition, rather than adding tacky filler. There are no color differences in paint or issues with overspray because PDR doesn’t require the use of paint.

Fast Service: Compared to a traditional repair, PDR takes only a small amount of time to complete. Of course, if your car was caught in a hail storm and has dozens of dents to repair it might take a bit longer, however, the time will still be shorter compared to a traditional dent repair. For smaller dents, the entire process can be completed in only a few hours.

Cost Effective: Because of the low man hours for paintless dent removal, there are much lower labor costs. In addition, you aren’t paying for extra materials like paint and body filler. PDR usually ends up saving loads of money compared to traditional dent repair.

Good for the Environment: PDR has no adverse effect on the environment. Traditional paint repair, on the other hand, releases chemicals and fumes from the body filler, paint, and paint thinner. These chemicals also have a risk of contaminating groundwater. With paintless repair there are no fumes, no chemicals, and no environmental risk.

It’s pretty clear that paintless dent removal is beneficial in most situations, however, there are some instances where PDR won’t work. Because PDR utilizes tools and pressure to mold metal, plastic parts (such as the bumper) cannot be repaired or restored this way. Additionally, dents that cause additional damage, such as a puncture, cannot be repaired by PDR. There are also some locations of the car that cannot be reached by PDR, and while this is rare, it does happen occasionally.

If you are looking for a dent repair for your car, PDR is usually the way to go. Even for antique cars, paintless repair can help maintain the original value of the car, while smoothing out the dents and maintaining the beautiful look of the original paint.

Stop on by for an assessment of the dents in your car. Our skilled dent repair technicians can assess your vehicle quickly and give you an estimate on how long it will take to get all of the dents completely repaired. Or if your car requires work other than paintless dent removal, we can advise you on the best next steps to ensure you get your vehicle looking great and back on the road as quick as possible.

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