Paintless Dent Repair, or PDR, is the art of removing a dent or ding from auto body panels without the use of fillers and repainting. This is possible due to “memory” in today’s auto metals. Our PDR professionals use these physical properties of today’s flexible metals to massage the memory back to the way it was. It is this memory that gives cars their many curves, lines, and aerodynamic features. It is also this memory that makes those unsightly dents and dings we get from parking lots, storms and hail stones causing hail damage.
By far, hail damage is the most effective use of painless dent repair, as most hail damage is very light in nature. However, it is important to recognize that severe claims can include panel replacement and more traditional fill and paint dent repair methods.
Assuming that the dent is a good candidate for paintless dent removal, today’s more flexible metals also require flexible paint. You can think of today’s paints as a marriage between rubber and color. Flex agents in the paint makes PDR completely effective without any harm to the finish.
Absolutely not! While we can only speak for ourselves, a properly repaired car has no repair issues from the moment you pick it up and inspect it until the day you decide to trade it in. Outstanding paintless dent removal techs produce outstanding results, and we even put that in writing for you!
A good rule of thumb for hail damage is 3 inches or less, or about the width of a credit card. Other issues are number of dents per panel, and the condition of the car’s finish. Any hail related dent damage that is bigger than 3 inches is most likely stretched and may require conventional repair methods or panel replacement. It is important to know that even skilled technicians have their limits.