FAQ about Paintless Dent Repair

August 12, 2020
The Dent Trooper

1. Is paintless dent repair better than a traditional auto body shop?

If your car has no paint damage then yes, paintless dent repair is your best bet. A mismatched paint job from the body shop reduces the value of your car, PDR instead means no sanding or grinding and no fillers. PDR also saves you time and money, with repairs done typically in a few hours and, in most cases, 1/3 of the price you would normally pay at a body shop.

If a car has paint damage the PDR services can be still done but will need to be touched up with paint at your local body shop.

2. Can PDR be a 100% perfect repair?

Yes, in most cases a dent can be repaired and look like it never happened.

3. How long does it take to repair a dent?

The average repair time is  2 to 3 hours. Depending on the size and location of the dent and other factors like the type of vehicle, if there's easy access to the dent, and the depth of the dent.

4. Can a dent be removed with dry ice?

No, dry ice will not work 99% of the time; however, there are certain shallow dents that have minimal trapped pressure in the metal and may be able to be removed from the fast change from hot to cold by contracting the metal.

5. Can I remove a dent myself?

Trying to repair a dent with no prior experience is not recommended. You could make it worse or crack the paint and there is no turning back from this. This would also result in PDR not being able to be performed on your car and you might have to bring it to a traditional body shop and spend more money.

6. Can a dent with no access be removed with PDR?

Yes, dents can be repaired with a method called glue pulling.  By using special tabs and lifters, pulling the dent up and tapping it back down, repeating this process until the dent is flat without accessing the back of the panel at all.

7. Can a dent in a body line be removed?

Yes, a body line can be repaired using PDR.


Get To Know The Dent Trooper

How did you get started in this industry?

My journey in becoming a full-time paintless dent repair tech started 10 years ago when I decided to take up an auto body program at PTEC, where I learned traditional body and paintwork on cars. I also competed in the Skills USA Challenge and went to nationals after graduating from PTEC's Auto Body Program.

I quickly got a job at a small body shop as an auto body tech. Around this time I found out about paintless dent repair (PDR) and became fascinated by this art of removing a dent without paint or fillers. So I started buying tools and a practice panel to work on in my garage.

At first, it didn't just come to me. I spent a lot of time trying to learn and feeling frustrated, trying to find the right tool and sadly, making high spots or even cracking the paint. I kept practicing until one day, it just came to me and I was able to see the tooltip behind the panel and successfully repaired a small dent.

I eventually ran out of space to put any more dents on that panel and so I bought a door off craigslist and jumped on it and put a big dent in it. I surprised myself when repairing the damage perfectly and I knew it was time to move my dent removal skills to family and friends' vehicles!

Around this time I became a full-time painter at the body shop I was working for and doing PDR on the side. That lasted for a while until one day I decided to go full time and offer my skills to everyone!

To get your dents fixed by a professional, send a picture of your damage to (727) 400 0666.

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