I know that paintless dent removal is a safe and effective way to remove the dings and dents from your car. I also know that the end result is only as effective as the techniques that are used, and only a highly trained PDR technician will have the experience and knowledge to use these techniques correctly for the job. I’d like to take you through two of the key PDR techniques, which are in use by thousands of technicians across North America today.
How the Dent is Removed
When speaking to vehicle owners, and even technicians who are interested in learning PDR, I’ve come across a common misconception. There are some who believe that paintless dent removal involves pulling the dent out from the outside of a vehicle, using some kind of suction or magnetic device. Although electromagnetic repair does exist, the technique used in 99% of cases is the massage/push technique.
This technique involves getting behind the panel, and pushing it back out from the inside of the car. This technique is used because it is the least likely to damage the surface paint, and because it can be much easier to assess and locate the dent from the inside of the panel.
Have I found downsides to this technique? In some ways, yes. It is time consuming, because some interior trim needs to be removed, but the completed job more than makes up for the short amount of time that is necessary to do so.
Even using this technique, there’s another trick that professionals rely on to ensure that the dent is completely removed.
Visualizing the Damage
The reason I say this, is because a sloppy repair can push a dent out, while still leaving a visible warp on the panel. To avoid this, technicians need to use a light source, and sometimes a reflection board to correctly visualize the dent and ensure that the final repair is of showroom quality.
Using a reflector is just like using a mirror, except the boards that technicians use are designed to make blemished surfaces appear conspicuous. A light source can help to further identify the correct (and damaged) curves and angles in the bodywork, ensuring that a technician can do a job that lives up to the reputation of their business.
When technicians ask me why it is so important to take formal training, I tell them it is because the difference in results will be obvious. Technicians that have had instruction and taken the time to master the art of paintless dent repair, are the ones who will provide leading repairs that help them to build their reputation and grow their dent repair business.