In 1993, I was introduced to the art of Paintless Dent Removal (PDR). The basic concept that dents could be removed from a car body without the use of traditional filler and paint was intriguing to me. Like most people, I had owned cars with minor dents and dings that I just accepted simply because the high cost of conventional body shop repairs far outweighed the benefit. Before starting training with a national company to learn PDR, my main concern was… could a dent really be repaired correctly, and would the result be undetectable? I found out soon enough when the company had me ride along with a pair of PDR technicians for an introduction to the process.
I’ll never forget the first time I experienced PDR in action. Looking over a Technicians’ shoulder I watched, as a small dent on the hood of a car just seemed to slowly melt away until it was completely gone. It was like watching a magic trick unfold right before my eyes. The dent was very small with no paint damage so the result was…completely undetectable. My question was answered. Yes, minor dents can be repaired to perfection using PDR without the use of traditional filler and paint. I was excited to start the classroom portion of training to learn this fascinating new process.
A power tool or machine that repairs dents does not exist. PDR is performed by hand and is considered an art form by most in the auto industry. Aware of these facts beforehand, I was admittedly nervous about having the ability to learn the craft of PDR. I soon experienced over the next several weeks in a classroom, that PDR takes focus, patients, and natural ability. Fortunately, possessing these qualities enabled me to learn the basics of PDR relatively quickly and I was able to enter working in the field within two months after seeing that first dent melt away.
Moving on from training, I spent nearly 15 years servicing a dealer route eventually specializing in high-end imports in Indianapolis. A steady stream of used inventory in need of rehab before selling kept me busy year round. During this period my clients appreciated the willingness to attempt more severe and complex damage, and in most cases saved an expensive trip to the body shop! Although not every extreme repair was the flawless look I prefer to see, I was still amazed time and again at the capabilities of PDR.
In 2007, I left the company to become fully independent and specialize in hail damage repair full time. First, attending Top Gun PDR training school in California to learn hail specific tools and methods plus advanced large dent repair methods helped improve speed and efficiency for all types of damage. Traveling and “chasing” hailstorms for over 5 years has been good experience both professional and personal. Restoring a hail-damaged vehicle with 1000 or more dents is very challenging yet very rewarding when you see the result.
I’ve witnessed a lot of change in the PDR industry during my involvement. The scope and types of damage that can be repaired using PDR methods amazes me today just as much as those first few years out of training. Advancements in tool technology and training techniques have come a long way in twenty years resulting in a higher percentage of competent technicians working in the field-yet PDR still remains a skilled craft performed by hand making the craftsman the most important element of the process.
Dent Remedies’ fixed shop location was completed summer of 2012. A super clean facility with excellent lighting ensures that all repairs can be performed with attention to meticulous detail. Dent Remedies has the ability to assist you with one minor door ding or a severely hail-damaged car or truck. We also communicate directly with insurance companies to make sure every vehicle is repaired using the best method possible to maintain its’ market value.
I want to thank you personally for visiting Dent Remedies’ website and encourage you to browse the Facts/FAQ area. A well-informed customer with a good understanding of PDR capabilities and repair options helps us serve you more efficiently.
Dent Remedies, Inc.