If you haven’t used dent removal services for a vehicle in a while, you may not be aware of some advancements in the industry.
It’s routine now for smaller dings to be fixed by paintless dent repair (PDR). These are the ones that bend the sheet metal but don’t compromise the finish. Hail impact is a good example. Essentially, when there’s no need for body filler or paint, PDR is used and can repair 80 to 99% of the damage. And it’s very affordable, at an average cost of $50 per dent – with some possibly as much as $149.
PDR involves dent removal services experts using special tools to push the dents and dings from behind or pull them from the front to bring them back into alignment with the rest of the surrounding metal.
No matter how careful you are, it’s hard to avoid getting dents because the damage to your vehicle may be caused by others. In fact, that’s the case about half the time. Sometimes it’s such an eyesore that you want to get it fixed right away, and if it’s minor that should take only a few minutes. And there are many mobile dent removal services that can make the repair even more convenient for you.
One important advantages of PDR is that it keeps your finish intact (important when you want to sell). No repaint is ever as good as the factory-baked original. Other pluses include that it’s a faster, better and less expensive repair than you might get at a conventional body shop, there’s no impact on the environment, and the work can be done quickly at a location of your choosing.
When the dent is of sufficient depth or the finish has been compromised to a degree that PDR won’t fix it, the same techniques can still be utilized to minimize the amount of body filler that will have to be applied before the damaged area can be painted. In such cases, the procedure is called either “push to paint” or “push for paint”.
A PDR technician will use special fluorescent or LED lighting or a reflection board to view the dent and get a better idea of what tools to use and at what points to use them.