Hail, shopping carts, or even a basketball to a door panel all can cause damage to the body of your vehicle. Although these types of dings and dents aren’t detrimental in terms of actually driving your vehicle, they are however aesthetically unappealing. Fortunately, small dents are extremely fixable with a technique called Paintless Dent Repair (PDR). PDR is a dent removal technique that removes dents from panels on cars if the paint is still intact. Traditionally, body shops use body fillers, paint, and sanders to fix small dents, but with PDR none of that is necessary.
Technicians use specialized tools to push the metal back into its original shape from behind the dent. In a typical dent removal, the metal around the outside edge of the dent is slowly massaged back to original place. Slowly but surely the technician continues this process until the dent disappears. Depending on the size of the dent, this process can take as little an hour to complete, but each dent and each situation is different. It’s very important to note that we can’t perform PDR if the vehicle has had damage to its paint. Only vehicles that have had no damage to the original paint are candidates for PDR.
There are many advantages to PDR. Perhaps most importantly, to the owner of the car, is that it is cheaper than traditional bodywork. In addition to being less expensive, PDR is a very quick fix. As mentioned, in some cases, repairs can take as little an hour or two, but usually can be started and finished in the same day. Another advantage of PDR is that there is no chance of paint overspray onto other parts of your car. With traditional bodywork, technicians paint over body filler to match up with your paint. With PDR, there is no painting involved meaning that there is no chance of overspray, and also no risk of incorrect color matching.
The technicians at Traverse Body and Paint Center are well versed with Paintless Dent Removal. If your car has been dented or dinged up by hail, a shopping cart, or even a basketball, contact the guys at Traverse Body and Paint Center. We can fix the dent on your vehicle and get you back on the road quickly.