Just as New: Everything You Need to Know About Paintless Dent Repair

For anyone who knows anything about a car, the idea of paintless dent repair probably seems like a contradiction of terms, After all, doesn’t repairing a dent involve a lot of bodywork that needs to be finished with a coat of paint? The answer is not when it is done by someone who is an expert at paintless dent repair (PDR).

At Alan Byer Collision Center, they’re not only skilled craftsmen but that are talented artists as well. This means that they know how to repair a dent quickly, effectively, and economically, and their goal is to amaze their customers with the results of their work. Anyone who is not familiar with PDR might learn a lot from the points below.

What is PDR?

PDR is a body repair technique that restores the original factory look of a car’s body at a fraction of the time and cost of other repair methods. Whether the damage involves a small ding or a dent or creases and hail damage, PDR can bring back the original look of a car without compromising the structural integrity of the body. PDR is accomplished in three significant steps:

  1. Damage assessment
  2. Gaining entry to the underside of the dent
  3. Pressure is applied to remove the dent

What Kind of Damage Can Be Repaired Using the PDR Method?

PDR can remove a wide variety of dings, dents, and body creases. PDR is a specialized repair technique created in the early 1960s by a German auto body technician named Oscar Flaig. At the time, Flaig was working for Mercedes-Benz, searching for a method to repair body damage without the time and expense of traditional bodywork. Today, 50 years later, the techniques Flaig perfected are hard at work, helping car owners everywhere to save money and time while giving them beautiful results at minimal cost.

How Long Does a PDR Take?

The time required for PDR repairs varies widely based on how severe damage to the body is. In most cases, a repair made with PDR techniques requires a single day, although it can take several days, depending on the damage’s extent and location.

What Differences Are There Between PDR Methods and Those of Traditional Dent Repair?

Standard PDR methods are very time-efficient and very economical, especially when compared with traditional repair methods. However, it is vital to know that the effectiveness of PDR is often based on the severity of damage to a vehicle, where it is located, and other considerations.

Traditional dent repair methods fill dents with fillers and paint, which are then covered to match the rest of the car’s exterior color. The technique can make a car look great, but it can also be costly. Further, it does not address the actual dent or the structural problems caused by the damage. None of these are sustainable or long-term solutions. These methods are also time-consuming and can dramatically affect the resale value of your car.  PDR also requires no fillers or sanding, two steps involved with traditional repair methods.  

Could PDR Damage My Car?

No. PDR is considered the least invasive method of fixing dents and other body issues.

What Happens to the Damaged Parts?

No damaged parts are remaining when PDR is used. The only parts used are the same parts that were damaged initially. When PDR techniques are used, all parts that were damaged are returned to their original state.  

How Does PDR Work On Older Cars?

The owners of most older cars do not have repairs made since they feel their car is beyond help. In these cases, most owners consider PDA for older cars a “magic” cure since it makes their older car look just the way it did before it was damaged.

Does PDR Have Any Adverse Effects on the Environment?

No. As any car owner is probably well aware, paint and other ingredients in traditional car repair methods involve lots of different chemicals, chemicals that are harmful to the environment. PDR, by contrast, contains no harmful chemicals at all. The only things that play a role in PDR are the tools that a craftsman uses to perform the work. This means that there is no residual waste from the entire process. Even the original paint on an owner’s car is never damaged in the PDR process.

Does the Cost of PDR Affect My Insurance Premium?

No. When an accident occurs, and a vehicle is taken to a body shop, the owner’s insurance company is issued a repair order. This results in a report that is attached to the owner’s insurance, resulting in higher rates. By contrast, when a damaged vehicle is brought to a PDR shop, the owner’s insurance premium is not affected since it is relatively low and is not usually reported to an insurance company.

How Does the Cost of PDR Compare to Traditional Repair Techniques?

PDR costs a fraction of those of traditional repair techniques. This is one of the best reasons to have PDR since most owners want to go with the least expensive form of repairs. This means that with the low cost of PDR, the most economical cost ends up also being the best and most time-efficient.

With PDR, Won’t Dents Come Back Later?

No. All repairs made with PDR techniques are permanent since they only involve the reshaping of the existing metal on the vehicle. PDR restores the integrity of the car’s structure before it was damaged.

Does PDR Affect the Value of My Car?

No. Since there is no recording of a PDR repair with either an insurance company or CarFax, there is usually no effect of repairs on the car’s selling price.

More and more car owners are finding PDR to be a highly effective and inexpensive alternative to getting repairs done with traditional methods. Repairs with PDR gives a car owner more “bang for their buck” than conventional dent repair techniques, and it’s a great way to care for a vehicle’s exterior appearance.