Auto Body Repair FAQ

Below are some frequently asked questions and their answers. If you have further questions, don’t hesitate to contact us. We welcome your inquiries!

PDR, or Paintless Dent Repair, is a method of removing minor dents and dings without removing any paint from the vehicle. This is done by very patiently massaging the dent out from the back of the panel, or sometimes from the front using specialized tools.

The most important benefit is quality. This method is the closest you can get to the dent never happening in the first place. No grinding, bonding agents, fillers, or primers are needed because your original factory paint is not disturbed. There are no problems with filler or paint shrinkage months after the repair as is typical with most conventional repairs. Cost is also a major benefit of PDR. A typical estimate for a minor dent from a body shop usually ranges between $350 – $500, or higher. That same dent can usually be repaired for $50 – $75 using PDR. Time savings is yet another advantage. That same dent can be fixed in less than an hour, and we can even come to you. A body shop will take 3 – 5 days, or longer.

No. Today’s factory paints are very flexible and will not be damaged in any way by this process. PDR is the only way to repair a dent and still keep your factory paint.

On minor dents, in most cases, yes. The deeper the dent, the more difficult it is to repair. Even on larger dents, once we’re done, most people are amazed at the results. We always explain in detail, how your dent will look before any work is started.

Absolutely not. Once a dent has been removed properly with PDR, it never comes back. Most dents repaired conventionally develop a ring around the dent, or sand scratch marks 3 – 6 months after the repair. This is never the case with properly performed PDR.

No. The most important factors in determining if a dent can be repaired by PDR are depth and location. Dents the size of a dinner plate or larger can be fixed successfully, as long as they are not too deep or twisted. On the other hand, some dents that are as small as a dime, but very deep, cannot be fixed using PDR because the metal is too stretched. Cracked paint can also be an indication that a dent is too deep. The most common dents fixed are the size of a golf ball and under. 95% of minor dents can be repaired. About 5% of minor dents can’t be fixed due to depth or location. Areas such as some quarter panel opening lips, some forward areas of heavily braced hoods, or the very edges of some panels are examples of bad locations.

It has become common practice by many PDR technicians to drill or punch holes in places like door frames, quarter panel jambs, inner wheelhouse panels, etc. to gain access to a dent with their tools. Most of the time, the customer is not even informed of this. I have seen “repairs” where as many as 7 – 10 holes were drilled to access one dent. We will always take the extra time to try and repair a dent without drilling. In the event that there is no other way to repair a dent except to drill a small hole, or if it is less expensive to drill a small hole, you will always be advised of this and the choice will be yours. If a small hole is necessary, it will be rust-proofed and plugged.

Yes! While we don’t specialize in custom paint jobs, we can do:

  • Touch-ups
  • Spot-ins
  • Full body paint & refinishing

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Dealer’s Choice LLC 816 479-5810

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