Paintless Dent Repair is a popular and usually more cost-effective alternative to full replacement repairs at auto body shops. Paintless dent repair, or PDR, is a technique used to remove minor dents and dings from car panels, doors, and roofs while leaving the original paint intact. To do this, technicians will access the back side of the damaged panel and then massage and shrink the dent with unique and specialized rods and tools. Eliminating the time spent on ordering replacement parts, PDR is faster than conventional repairs and does not use traditional auto body methods like sanding, body fillers in order to maintain your car’s original finish.
Dents in areas that suffered paint damage or, similarly, dents that have caused your vehicle’s paint to chip or crack are not eligible for paintless dent repair. It is possible that the process could still be completed, but the cost benefit of PDR may be nominal with the added expense of paint repair. These are important questions to ask a technician during your estimating process, as it can vary per repair. This method tends to work best when the affected area is on an original panel (has not been previously replaced), when the damage is not near the edge of a panel, and on newer cars, typically with model years of 1990 or later.