The Truth About Paintless Dent Repair (PDR)

Are you familiar with the paintless dent repair (PDR) process? It’s gentle persuasion to remove dents with specialized tools, of course.

In laymen’s terms…

A technician massages your dented metal back into place. Sounds unbelievable. But it works!

This S500 was full of small dents. It was a display model in a car show. The guys who transported the car must have been gorillas because the car had 11 dents when it was returned. No one could find a trace of the dents. This picture was taken after visiting the Elite Dent Company of Springfield, MO. The guy was a master of his craft.

A good PDR technician (often called a “dent doctor“) can achieve an 80% to 99% repair on most small dents.

So, you have to be realistic. 100% dent removal is unlikely.


Even with PDR techniques, metal stretches a bit when it bends.

Please note: Paintless dent repair is not a service for collision repair.

For this, you need a body shop. Don’t squander your time calling a dent doctor for collision damage.

Exactly what can be fixed with PDR dent removal?

They can fix just about any minor ding or dent, including dings from car doors, bashes from shopping carts, and damage from a hail storm. These are aggravating for auto enthusiasts.

However, small dent repairs and cosmetic blemishes such as these can be repaired in minutes.

Need a small dent removed? There’s no need to go to a paint and body shop.

Most PDR specialists will come to you!

The same people are generally skilled in the various scratch repair and bumper repair processes.

Here’s what they’ll do:

PDR jobs require the technician to get behind the dent.

The metal is massaged back into place. They use tools called dent rods.

It takes skill. It takes practice.

These guys know the trade, and they understand it well.

Removal of damage varies from the size of a dime to 2 or 3 inches in diameter.

Just How Good is PDR

There is little or no evidence that a dent ever existed in many cases!

But there is sometimes an unavoidable tell-tale sign.

Usually, a small black plug in a door end or door jamb. This is where the PDR tech must drill a hole to access the backside of the dent.

The bottom line is this:

PDR is the least invasive way to fix a dent or ding.

Unlike conventional body shop repairs, PDR does not compromise the vehicle in any way.

It’s often the only way to retain the car’s value and maintain paint perfection. This is especially true for custom paint jobs and exotic cars.

When a Professional is Necessary

So, I recommend calling a good PDR specialist. But again, keep in mind.

PDR isn’t always perfect.

The paintless dent repair technician can often remove the ding, but the paint may crack, or you may have a paint chip in the center of the ding.

If you are in the Springfield, MO, area, we recommend going with the best there is in the state. That is Sidney Huff with Elite Dent Company. You can reach him attel:417-284-0511.

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