Paintless Dent Repair

Posted by | December 04, 2013 | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

A vehicle with original paint retains a higher value than a repainted vehicle. Even if it is just a door or a fender, it is always preferable to maintain the original paint on a vehicle for as long as possible.  Paintless dent removal eliminates large and small dents by massaging the damaged metal back into place. This non-invasive process protects your car while saving you time and money.

Paintless Dent Repair (PDR), also known as “Paintless Dent Removal”, is a collection of techniques for removing minor dents and dings from the body of a car.  A wide range of damage can be repaired using PDR; however, if there is paint damage, Paintless Dent Removal may be unsuitable.

The most common use for Paintless Dent Removal is for the repair of hail damage, door dings, minor creases, small to medium size dents, and sometimes minor bumper indentations if accessible and the bumper is made of plastic. The techniques used in Paintless Dent Removal may also be applied to help prepare the damaged panel for refinishing in an auto body shop using conventional automotive paint and auto body repair methods. Such applications are referred to as “push to paint” or “push for paint.”

There are some limiting factors for a successful repair using the Paintless Dent Removal techniques which include the flexibility of the paint (most of today’s refined automotive paint finishes allow for successful PDR), and the amount in which the metal has been dented in or bowed out by the damage incurred. Keep in mind this varies depending on the thickness of the metal and the intensity of the impact which caused the damage. Generally speaking the more shallow the dent the greater the chance that Paintless Dent Removal will be a suitable option when repairing your vehicle. Even dents several inches in diameter can be repaired with this method as long as the metal and paint are not severely damaged. Most experienced auto body technicians can repair a shallow large dent or crease to an acceptable level but extremely sharp dents and creases may not qualify for Paintless Dent Removal.

Paintless dent repair is best for certain conditions, including (but not limited to):

  • Dents where the paint is not scratched
  • Dents that are not near the edge of a panel
  • Dents on panels that have not been previously repaired
  • Dents on cars manufactured in the last 20 years (with high-strength metals and resilient paints)

Advantages of Paintless Dent Repair Include:

  • No repainting or body filler needed
  • Less expensive than traditional body repair
  • Same-day service in most cases
  • No risk of paint over spray on other vehicle areas
  • No risk of incorrect color matching
  • Vehicle retains original paint.


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Mercedes S500 Paintless Dent Repair


  • jresquival says:

    Wow, that’s cool that PDR doesn’t require body filler. I guess that’s because it uses specialized tools to work on a dent on the inside of the chassis. My teen got into a fender bender so I guess I’m going to have to become more familiar with this process.

  • John says:

    According to the article, paintless dent removal is beneficial for minor dents due to hail or other small door dings. Is there a size limit to how big a dent can be removed using a paintless repair method? I’m curious to know since my wife’s car was hit by a soccer ball and has a fairly large dent in the passenger’s side door.

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