PDR stands for paintless dent repair. It’s a craft that you can learn and it will, once you have mastered the skill, be a way for you to earn a very nice income. You will be able to remove those dings from car doors, and other small dents that you will find around the automobile. This doesn’t take long if you are experienced at doing it. It normally takes 10 to 20 minutes and is very inexpensive, since there is no product to buy. PDR is becoming the alternative to body shops in Englewood .
The biggest reason people are choosing this method over a body shop is the time that it takes at a body shop to repair a dent, and also the money they are spending to get it fixed. With PDR, not only will the time your vehicle is being repaired be shorter, but also it will cost you so much less money. It’s a new way of fixing dents and dings that is putting the car repair world at notice!
How exactly does paintless dent repair work? A person who has been trained at PDR will use metal rods and picks in order to massage out dents and dings from the finish of the car. This will be done by the expert working from the inside of the car or panel, depending on where the dent or ding is. In essence, the dings and dents are being pushed out. A normal repair from beginning to end will last about 10 to 20 minutes.
If you want to try and do this as a living all you need is to purchase the tools, get the training, and offer a service where you will go to people and fix the dents and dings, or get a shop and do the service from there. This is a very high-demand service in Englewood that many people are looking to have done now. It depends on where the dent or ding is in the vehicle and how you will access it. Here are some of the more common areas and how to go about accessing it.
Doors: You will need to roll down the window, and access the area by the window ledge opening. There may be an existing opening in the door jam. Access through this spot. Take the panel off the door, or even drill a hole in the door. You can finish this off by putting a silicone plug into the hole to prevent any corrosion, and to make the door look good.
Rear quarter panels: There should be an opening or even a vent in the rear door area. Access through this spot. Go through the trunk, or through a tail light assembly. You can access the dent through the wheel well, or drill a hole through the rear door. Of course, you will need to plug it when finished.
Roof: simply remove or lower the headliner.
Front fender: go through the engine compartment, or through a headlight assembly. Again you could access this from the inner wheel well too.
Hood: remove the covering from the inside of the hood and access the ding or dent this way.
While doing these repairs, it should not require the technician to drill any holes.
Paintless Dent Repair: Myths and Facts About Car Dent Repair and Insurance
PDR, a better repair!
First let me start by explaining what PDR or Paintless Dent Removal is for those of you out there that have never heard the term. PDR is conceptually simple, put simple it is the process of removing damage from an automotive body panel without the need for sanding, grinding, body-fillers or painting (hence the term Paintless).
The process of removing damage to vehicles without then need for painting is actually not new at all, though industry folk lore varies from tale to tale, Mercedes Benz allegedly began having "metal-men" work small imperfections in panels while still on the assembly line as long ago as the 1950's. Today's PDR technicians have adapted various techniques for removing dings and dents from vehicles without the need for fillers and re-painting almost as an art form. Better tools, training and advances in automotive clear coat durability have led to miraculous results for even large dents.
Why can't I just use a dent popper like the ones you see on TV?
Unfortunately the dent poppers, suction cups and (this one makes me chuckle) dry ice simply don't work. First let's explore the "screw out dent poppers". You've probably seen the late night Ding King infomercials showing you how easy it is to just glue on the tab, place the lifter on the tab and turn. POP! the dent's gone! right? Wrong! the commercial never shows the large high spot, low spot still left or heaven forbid the high spot surrounding a low, or as i like to call them a "volcano". The main reason this is a gimmick, missing tools and knowledge. Professional PDR technicians actually do use a method of removing some select dents from the front of a panel with tabs, special adhesives and a lifting apparatus.
The main difference? a technicians main assets are their eyes, reflective source, and hand-eye-coordination. a professional technician assesses the dent with a reflective source, be it a light, line board or reflective pole, and targets the "dead-center" of the dent. Once located the technician places a tab directly at this zero point and then uses a lifting device to bring the depressed metal as close to level as possible in one pull. Once the pull has been made the technician removes the tab and assesses the area to determine the next course of action. Usually, the area will require some work with a tap down device to level any areas that were pulled higher than level. This process may go on for several pulls and taps until the area is as close to level as possible. The do-it-yourself-er doesn't get a reflective source, tap down or training in how to use each of these items and more often than not makes the once small door ding a variable mess when finally deciding to throw in the towel. The suction cup is simply ineffective.
Damage very large and gradual may actually move with a strong enough suction and it may actually look somewhat better than the original dent, but it effectively "locks" the metal into place and the distortions or buckles around the area that have not been properly removed before addressing the main low areas of the dent are now cementing everything into place. The remaining topic (and my favorite) dry ice and a hair dryer seems to get rave reviews on you-tube and the like. Unfortunately this once again doesn't address the buckles and only sometimes removes a portion of the dent.
The main down side to this method is the process it uses. Dry ice or the "computer duster" propellant will rapidly cool the substrate and paint. The hair dryer is then used to rapidly bring the panel temp. above 150 degrees F. The rapid contraction and subsequent expansion of the substrate is what actually makes the dent pop but what's happening on a much smaller level is paint damage. The paint is almost always micro-fractured which leads to paint cracking, peeling and corrosion. Much of this damage will not be seen for several months down the road when the elements have had time to breach the fractures and make them worse.
One PDR company is as good as another, Right?
All dent companies are not created equal and actually let me expand on that by saying all pdr technicians are not created equally. One of the main reasons for the boom in pdr company growth is the "claim to fame" or "gold rush" mentality. We've all seen the commercials for get rich quick schemes. Some very talented technicians have and still do make a very good living repairing dents. Most earn moderate incomes that do not carry bragging rights though. Every Tom, Dick and Harry tired of their 9-5 job learns about the alleged 6 figure income made by pdr technicians and heads out for two weeks of training at a mis-information factory such as Ding King or Right Look and thinks they will set the world on fire directly thereafter. In reality they spend two (or even one) weeks learning little about real world dents and almost always pick up bad habits that will doom them from ever being able to repair a dent properly.
The "Mills",as they are affectionately referred to in the industry, also sell the aspiring technician a "package" deal complete with every tool needed to repair any dent out there. Unfortunately what they are actually getting is the cheapest set of Chinese made coat hangers good money can buy. The aspiring technician returns home after training and (after being told they are ready) begins selling their service. The problem being they often cannot see the dent properly to repair it and do not have the acquired skill set to fix the smallest of dings. The end result is a moderate improvement with high spots throughout the dent and even cracked paint. The technician either continues on frustrated, trying to do better (or not if they don't care enough about the quality) or will lower prices justifying to themselves that a lower quality repair is still worth something.
And more still will throw in the towel all together after making such a bad name for themselves that they can no longer find work. This surge of low end "technicians" has led to a misconception that PDR is an inferior repair process as compared to a body shop. In fact, this conception is true when it pertains to someone performing such gross butchery. The general rule of thumb for a PROFESSIONAL Paintless Dent Repair is that it should cost between 1/2 to 1/3 that of a conventional body shop repair. Professional technicians have spend many hundreds, if not thousands, of hours perfecting their craft and don't sell themselves short. If you find yourself shopping for the best deal (lets face it, in this economy who doesn't) be leery of a rock bottom price. More often than not you WILL get what you pay for and will end up wishing you had paid a little more when rust starts to appear where the dent was, due to the hack cracking your vehicles paint!
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Owing to the reasons that paintless dent repair is fast and efficient it is quickly becoming popular. But there is a dearth of trained professional technicians who are skilled in the techniques that are required for this trade. If after training you want to start your own business then here are some tips to keep in mind when starting your Paintless Dent Repair (PDR) Business.
1. Survey the Market:
It is very important that you consider your potential market. Decide who you will work with? Do you have any connections at a body repair shop, wholesalers, car dealer, detail shop, service centre, etc who will hire you once you complete your paintless dent removal course?
2. Survey your Competition:
Collect information about how many paintless dent removal technicians there are in your area and how are they operating in your potential market. What are the charges for their services and what kind of a relation does your competition have with your potential market as well. Note all these things down for reference.
3. Register your Business:
Check out your state government's website and get information about how to register your business. Make sure that you choose a business name that connects you to the paintless dent repair industry and you could even use the words like dents, dings, dent repair, etc. Complete the entire registration process or even get some professional help.
4. What are your State's Requirements?
The rules and regulations vary from state to state and so it is important that you are completely aware of all the requirements for setting up a PDR Business. You may need business insurance, sales license, shop space, etc. You could ask a local dealer or the office manager of a PDR company what their dealers require from their vendors that is you.
5. Get Trained and buy the Tools:
You need to get trained at a very good academy so that you are well versed in the techniques and skills required in this business. You could consider the name Dents R Us for your paintless dent removing training. For more info check them out at http://www.dentsrus.com.au. You will also need to buy your tools for the job and you need to practice as much as possible.
6. Get Business Material:
You will need office stationery, business cards, invoices, etc and even some accounting material.
7. Don't quit your Current Job!
It is important that you keep your current job as you will need some income to support the business and the family till you are really on your way.
8. Practice on your Acquaintances:
As you begin your business you will need as much practice as you can get and one of the best ways is to practice with the cars belonging to your connections and acquaintances. Of course not many people will hand over the keys to their BMWs, until you are sure of your skills but till then you can even ask your local body shop to give you some work for no pay.
9. Pitch yourself:
You need to be your best marketing strategy. You need to start talking about your work to potential clients or people who will get you work. You need to show them what you are capable of and you need to convince them that you are only getting better and it is YOU that is working for them. Be responsible and you will get recommendations.
Last but not the least, finalise your legal businesses and tie up the loose ends in regards to conducting your business as a vendor to body shops to dealerships.
These are few things you could keep in your mind when starting out. Hopefully they have been of some help.