What Paintless Dent Removal (PDR) Can and Can’t Do

Paintless Dent Repair (PDR) is a repair method that uses specialized tools to remove dents from vehicle surfaces. It’s a great way to keep your car looking nicer longer. SVG offers one year of FREE PDR with a vehicle purchase. Easy, affordable and fast, PDR can help keep your vehicle retain more value, as well. In this blog entry, we'll explore when PDR is a good choice, and when the services of a professional automotive collision expert is needed. First, let's learn a  bit about how the PDR process works.

When performing PDR, a technician will look at the dent and determine if it's a good candidate for PDR. If the technician determines he or she can fix the dent, they'll then follow these 4 steps:

1. Assess the damage by visually inspecting it to see if paint damage is present
2. Gain entry to the dent (often requires drilling hole(s) in inconspicuous areas)
3. Get a better look at the dent using specialized lights to inspect the back of the dented area
4. Apply slow pressure with a variety of tools to pull or push out the dent

While PDR has been a huge benefit to those who want to keep their cars looking nice, there are times when PDR just can’t accomplish the goal. Let’s take a look at an example of when PDR is not the best choice.

Example one:

You hit a mailbox and dented the front bumper. This one looks like a fairly easy fix. After all, bumpers aren’t metal anymore, so just use PDR to get rid of the dent, right? Unfortunately, that’s not the case. In the picture you see below, not only is there a dent, but there are paint defects (scratches) and the integrity of the turn signal lamp is questionable. In addition to the fact that the turn signal lamp may need replacing, bumpers have foam behind the plastic fascia to help absorb the shock of impacts in the event of an accident. So in this example, the likelihood the foam has been compromised is high. To ensure your safety in the event of a future impact, take this car to a professional Collision Center, such as the body shop at SVG Motors.


Now, let's take a look at when PDR is the perfect answer for your dent.

Example 2:

We’ve all been there…you’re in a parking lot and someone swings their car door open so wide it hits your car. Now you’re left with an unsightly dent in your door. This is a great example of a prime candidate for PDR. Here’s why – dents or dings half an inch diameter or less with no chipped, cracked, or eggshelled paint garner the best results. PDR is designed just for this type of scenario. Any time your paint is compromised, it should be repaired by an automotive collision technician. The reason being is that paint is not only a way to give your car some personality, it also serves as a sealant for the metal body panels to help delay rust corrosion from exposure to water and humidity.

picture credit paintlessdrmobile.com

Regardless of how of where your car got its first blemish, SVG Motors is here to help. Call
888-579-2574 to have a professional take a look at your car. They'll give you a fair, hones evaluation and let you know what your best option will be.

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