Many people consider Paintless Dent Repair/Removal (PDR) as a “new fad”, but it has been practised and refined since the early 1960s. This means that millions of cars have received this treatment with great results and you can rest assured that the methods we employ are the best in the industry.
But what exactly is PDR and how does it work?
Traditionally, a damaged body part (irrespective of the severity of damage) had to be removed, panel beaten, filled with body filler, sanded, given a base coat, baked, then given several layers of top coat, baked again, and fitted back onto the vehicle. The older the vehicle the more onerous it was to match the paint to the old colour.
A newer car didn’t guarantee a flawless result either. The number of new models from different parts in Asia meant that panel beaters had to keep abreast of every paint specification, so the more up-to-date the panel beater, the more expensive his service.
Enter: Paintless Dent Repair
PDR was invented in 1960 by a Mercedes employee, Oskar Flaig, who had to ensure the flawlessness of cars in his care at one of the biggest shows in the USA, the International Motor Sports Show which was held in New York City. Oskar managed to work his magic with rudimentary tools but over the last 50+ years the methods and tools have improved to what we have today.
There are basically two methods:
1. The glue suction method which pulls the indentation out and restores the integrity of the underlying structure
2. The “massage” method which requires the technician to remove interior items such as carpeting and plastic panels which protect the wiring and insulates the vehicle. Then only can he access the damaged area to repair it properly. However, if the damaged area is still inaccessible, he has to remove the panel to repair it.
The success of either one of these methods relies on the extent of the damage. If the dent is smooth, without rough or sharp edges and which is also not creased or punctured, then PDR will work its magic. See our blog on The Advantages of Paintless Dent Repair vs. Conventional Dent Repair for a more detailed discussion on which method is more suitable for your particular needs.
AT PDRNY, we use both methods to ensure that your vehicle’s damage is repaired in the most cost-effective way possible. Depending on the extent and type of damage, we guarantee that we can restore your car to its original condition without the cost of traditional repairs.
Either method carries our industry standard warranty and are accepted by insurance companies.
Our certified technicians will be able to give you an exact quote for the repair of that unsightly dent, which, if left unattended, will decrease the value of your car considerably. Read our blog Repairing Your Dent After a Hail Storm for more detail on what can happen if you don’t repair a dent.