What Is PDR?

What Makes It Unique?

PDR (paintless dent repair) is the process of removing minor dents and dings from your car while preserving the original factory paint. Dent removal dates back to the 3rd century BC (with gold, silver, copper and tin). In 1931, Frank T Sargent wrote a book about dents and tools to use to remove them. Fast-forward to February 1960, at the International Motor Sports show, where dents had to be removed overnight due to spectators accidentally nicking and denting cars, and paintless dent removal was rediscovered. From there, it is all history. Today, professionals – like in Scottsbluff, Nebraska – receive training and learn how to use special tools to remove dents. Dents stretch metal and in order to repair them the metal must be shrunk, which often requires training, specialized tools, patience and a steady hand.

How do I know if PDR is right for me?

PDR Could Be A Great Option For You

  • Hail Damage
  • Gravel, pebbles, and road debris damage
  • Parking accidents
  • Bumed car doors
  • Fender benders and minor collision repair
  • Bodylines damage
  • Shallow dents
  • Minor creases
  • Can be used with both aluminum and steel panels

PDR May Not Be An Option For You

  • The dent has sharp edges or torn metal
  • The paint inside a dent is broken or scratched
  • The indented metal is situated near the edge of a panel
  • The dented area has had previous body work done
  • Dents caused by wildlife (like deer)

How is PDR done?

Identifying and assessing dents, using long, fluorescent lights, is the first step. The dents are gently massaged out using rods and body picks from the underside of the body panel. Glue and specially designed tabs can help remove dents from the outside of the panel. Buffing can remove any minor scratches and the process called orange peel can blend high spots together. Many repairs are made the same day, in a few hours, while others (such as for hail) may take up to a few days.

PDR Experts

PDR is a quick and affordable option for dent removal. Experts, like the ASE Certified professionals at Scottsbluff Body and Paint shop, can help you restore your car to its original beauty. Conveniently located in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, you can make an appointment by calling, going online, or walking in. They will remove your dents in no time at all!

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