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 Salina .
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 Salina 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.
Does PDR Work?
It happens to the best of us. You know that dent or ding that you notice as you're washing your car. You think to yourself "where did that come from?" Then you shake your head in disappointment. This happens to one in three people. So, what can you do about it?
You first need to take action in preventing the dents from happening in the first place or happening again. What you should try to do is try parking your car farther out or in an area where fewer cars are parked to avoid getting the dents or dings. There are people out there who haphazardly swing their doors open, not to mention the amount of kids who do that too. Also making sure not to park near a cart return spot can reduce your chances of such incidents. Shopping carts are a common culprit in denting cars! Parking a little farther would also provide you the chance to get a little exercise in your daily routine. It is a win-win step to preventing dents!
So now you may be wondering why you should even bother fixing those little dents on your car. For some people self image or self reflection of their car will be a reason to fix minor dents and dings. They feel that their car is a reflection of them and they want it to look its best and make a good impression. Some people will want to fix it solely because they wanted to preserve the value of their car. Another huge reason is that it takes away from the value of your car. When and if you decide to sell or trade in your car that will be a factor in how much you get for your car! Either reason is perfectly sound. The reality is that even though most people want to fix or repair their car they think it will cost too much money and also may take too much time. So what is a solution to this problem?
The best solution is PDR or Paintless Dent Removal. Paintless Dent Removal is a process in which tools, rods and reflective light sources are used to remove dings and dents. This is a very effective process if your paint has not been cracked. The dent is carefully and craftily massaged out from the inside. Dents--from the size of a dime to 2 or 3 inches in diameter and larger--disappear in a span of five to 15 minutes. In many cases, there is no evidence a dent ever existed. This is a great option since no bonding agent or paint is needed. It can often be difficult and time consuming to match paint colors. Also it will save you money since fewer supplies are involved in the process. The best thing about Paintless Dent Removal is that it does not take away of the value your car. Also keep in mind that Paintless Dent Removal can be completed in a short time. So you will not be very long with out your vehicle. This is a great option for anyone no matter what your reason may be for fixing the dents on your car!
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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