What Dents Can Be Fixed With Paintless Dent Repair?
You just noticed a dent in your vehicle, and all you can think of is how much it will cost and how long your vehicle will be in the shop for repairs. The good news is, not all dent repairs have to be complicated and expensive. The dent may be able to be smoothed out using paintless dent repair.
With the many paintless dent repair options, minor dents and dings that have not disrupted the paint can be fixed quickly and at less cost than traditional bodywork. However, it’s important to know that paintless dent repair isn’t an option in all circumstances. In this article, you will learn what paintless dent repair is and the different types of dents that can be repaired using paintless dent repair methods.
What is Paintless Dent Repair?
Paintless dent repair, also known as PDR, is a non-invasive repair method that can remove minor dents and dings if the vehicle’s paint is still intact. PDR techniques are not only quick and effective, but they are inexpensive. And because PDR doesn’t touch the original paint job, it can help maintain the value of your vehicle.
How Does PDR Work?
When smoothing out dents using a PDR technique, the technician uses special tools to pop the dent out of the metal. These tools are called knockdowns or tap downs, fender rods, pivot tips, and whale tails. They may also need a slide or rubber hammer and brace tools.
Working from behind the body panel, the technician uses the tools to push the dent out and bring the damaged area back to the correct height. To ensure the repair is complete, they will use special lights and reflecting boards.
Types of Dents That PDR Can Fix
From rogue shopping carts and bumped car doors to dents from road debris and hail damage, various types of dents can be smoothed out using PDR.
- Sharp Dents – Sharp dents are the most common type of dent. It occurs on your vehicle’s body lines and is a pointy, sharp dent that extends out from your vehicle. Shopping trolleys and minor accidents are typical culprits.
- Round Dents – Round dents can be caused by hail or other round objects such as a sports ball. You will typically see them on the door, bumper, hood, or roof of your vehicle.
- Crease Dents -Crease dents happen when something scrapes across your vehicle, like a tree branch or a bicycle handle. They are more complex and time-consuming to fix and sometimes cannot be fixed using paintless dent repair because these types of dents have often affected the paint. However, a skilled PDR technician will be able to look at the dent and let you know if they can repair it with PDR techniques.
- Extreme Dents -If you are in a collision, your car will likely have some severe dents. And while these are typically significantly larger, as long as the collision didn’t damage the paint, PDR can still be used to fix the damage.
- Dings – Dings are typically made by a small object and are usually only a minor chip or scratch. They are easy and inexpensive to fix.
When Can’t PDR Be Used?
If the dent is on a plastic bumper, fibreglass fender, or carbon fibre hood, paintless dent repair is not an option. First, it is unlikely that these parts would dent, and second, these materials do not have a metal memory, so dents wouldn’t be able to be popped out. Typically, when plastic parts are damaged, they are simply replaced, and materials like carbon fibre or fibreglass are more brittle, so they are more likely to crack or split instead of denting.
How Much Does PDR Cost?
Although PDR is less expensive than traditional bodywork, the prices can vary significantly. Typically the cost is based on the following:
- The severity of the damage – The number of body panels or dents will impact the cost.
- The size of the dent – The dent’s diameter and how deep the dent is will influence the price.
- The location of the dent – The body panel the dent is on and its location on the body panel play a part in pricing. For example, if the dent is closer to the edge of the panel, it will take longer to fix.
Make Caversham Coachworks Your First Call When You Find a Dent!
Dents take away from the appearance of your vehicle and can even lower its market value. Therefore, when you find a dent or ding, you should get it repaired at a reputable body shop as soon as possible, and if the dent hasn’t damaged the paint, paintless dent repair is the way to go.
Caversham Coachworks has been a Volkswagen Group Approved Paint and Body Centre since 2006. We are also the only shop in the area with accreditations from Volkswagen, Audi, ŠKODA and SEAT. We treat every vehicle like it’s our own, and we guarantee that you will receive the best workmanship and quality every time you trust us with your vehicle.
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