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What is Paintless Dent Repair?

Paintless Dent Repair, also known as PDR and paintless dent removal, is a relatively new process for removing most minor, and even some major dents, without repainting the vehicle and removing the factory finish. This is done by slowly massaging the dent from the back of the panel with specialized tools.

When done by a quality technician, this process is the closest you can come to the dents never having happened in the first place. Both the metal and paint are put back to pre-accident condition.

Because the original factory finish is preserved, there is no need for grinding the paint off, and filling the dent with bondo, primers, and sealers that are needed with conventional body repairs. PDR is also 100% environment friendly. No chemicals or other toxic materials are used in this process.

And since your original factory paint is preserved, there are no problems with colors not matching, as is common with conventional repair. Time savings is yet another advantage. Most minor dents can be fixed in less than an hour.

Below is an example of a typical repair at a body shop. The paint was ground down to bare metal, and plastic filler was used to fill in the dented areas. Then the area was repainted with the paint matched in color as close as possible, and blended into the adjacent panels to hide any color differences. A perfect paint match is impossible at a body shop due to the differences in factory materials and techniques, and those available to body shops. PDR is the only way to repair dents and still keep your factory paint on your vehicle.

Paintless dent repair is much less expensive than a body shop repair. This is because there is much less time required to repair a dent, and there are no high paint material costs associated with a conventional repair.

Some people wonder if their paint will be damaged by using PDR. Today's factory paints are very flexible and will not be damaged in any way by this process when done by a qualified technician. Also dents will not come back at a later date because the metal was restored to pre-accident condition.

To sum it all up, Paintless Dent Repair is the fast, and most affordable way to get a quality dent repair on your vehicle and make sure your car looks as good as it did before the accident.

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