Smoothing Out The Dents: An Overview of Paintless Dent Repair (PDR)

There are several different methods that can be utilized to repair dents caused by auto collisions. If repairing the dent does not require a full, conventional auto body and paint work, a technique known as panel beaters may offer a technique known as paintless dent repair (PDR). This technique can flawlessly repair the dents within minutes rather than hours:

Remove Minor Dents For a Flawless Auto Body Finish

PDR is usually recommended for repairing minor dents in the event that the paint surface remains intact. This technique is suitable for both aluminum and steel panels.

It involves using metal rods and body picks to push out the dents or using glue and other tools to pull out the dents from the underside of the body panel of the auto body. Different tools, such as a reflection board, are commonly used to determine the precise location where specific areas of the metal need to be manipulated in order to achieve the correct height. Once the majority of the dents have been pushed out, the finishing touches involve removing small high spots.

If the dents are so severe that auto fillers are required, PDR may still be implemented to resolve or reduce most of the damage before other types of repair work are performed.

Limitations that Affect PDR

Although PDR is highly recommended due to its cost efficiency and effectiveness, it may not be suitable for all repair works involving dents. The quality of the paint is most important in PDR. The paint may crack or even chip depending on the quality and flexibility of the paint, the thickness of the metal panels and the amount that the metal panels have been stretched.

Advantages of PDR

PDR is becoming more and more popular due to the amount of advantages that it can offer, which include:

  • Quick repair times. You can get minor dents repaired within minutes rather than hours or days, so that you won't be inconvenienced by not having a vehicle.
  • Low cost. PDR can reduce your auto repair bills significantly. The low cost is not only attributed to the quick repair times, but also to the fact that fewer materials are required to fix the dents.
  • Higher quality work. With PDR, you can avoid the risk of incorrect color matching from repainting jobs and also better retain your vehicle's original shape.


If you have not heard about PDR yet, you might want to consider speaking with panel beaters that specialize in this new technique. You might be surprised at how quickly you can get your car repaired and how much money you can save.