Tips & Advice
Does paintless dent repair (PDR) remove the dent completely?
Paintless dent repair (PDR) can result in complete removal of dents, but generally only in minor/shallow dents. Larger dents may not be removed completely through PDR, which has limited capabilities. These dents might require a more traditional and labor intensive (costly) repair to full remove it. Every dent must be addressed individually to know if PDR is the best option for complete removal.
What are the drawbacks of paintless dent repair?
The primary drawback of paintless dent repair is small, yet detectable imperfections in the panel and the paint may still be present after the repair. The only way to return the panel to original factory condition may be through more intensive processes that include sanding, body filling, and paint. Some damages may prevent the panel from returning to the integrity of the original condition.
Is it possible to do paintless dent repair for hail damage?
Hail damage is the ideal situation to use paintless dent removal. In fact, it is one of the most common uses for the technique. Be aware that every situation is unique and certain processes may not always work, particularly in cases of severe or unusual damage.
Can old dents be repaired?
Old dents can absolutely be repaired with PDR or other standard methods. This is dependent, of course, on the severity of the damage. Time can also be a factor. If rust and/or oxidation have caused additional damage, they can compromise the integrity of the dent, and the entire panel, which may need to be replaced to be cost-effective.
What type of dents can be repaired without using paint?
The types of dents that can be repaired without using paint are generally smaller, straight-impact dents that leave a clean dent with no surface damage. Hail is a perfect example of a dent that can be repaired without using PDR as it generally leaves a small dent, or dents, that can be pushed out from the backside of the surface with ease.
Does car insurance cover paintless dent repair?
Paintless dent repair (PDR) is covered under many insurance carriers, but you must consult your carrier to confirm your policy covers your situation. Insurance carriers often prefer PDR due to the lower costs associated with it. It should be noted that if you only carry liability insurance, you will not likely be covered for PDR if the damage is weather related. Auto damage from hail or other weather-related phenomenon is usually only covered under comprehensive coverage. Check your carrier and policy for specific terms.
How do body shops repair dents?
Body shops repair dents in a variety of ways. Holes can be drilled into the panel and tools inserted to pull the panel into alignment. Suction cup devices can be fastened to the damaged area and, when pulled on, pull the panel back into alignment. Both of these can require additional sanding, prepping and painting. The style of dent repair is dependent on the type and severity of the dent and your auto body technician’s skill set.
How much does paintless dent repair cost?
Paintless dent repair costs will vary depending on the amount and severity of damage. Removal of a single minor dent can be as little as $50, potentially less at “fringe” shops. Industry standards run around $75 for the first dent and some shops offer sliding scale discounts for each additional dent removed--particularly useful in cars suffering hail damage. Consult your auto body technician for exact estimates.
How long does paintless dent repair take?
Paintless dent repair is faster than methods that require sanding, bonding, and painting by eliminating those time-consuming steps. PDR can take as little as one hour, which is often the standard minimum billing increment shops offer. The time to fix your car will depend on the severity of the damage and the competency of the repairman. Most shops provide upfront estimates.
What is paintless dent repair?
Paintless dent repair (PDR) is an industry standard process that removes dents and other minor surface damage on a vehicle, without damaging the panel or the finish. Usually the dent is pushed out from the rear.