What is PDR and Why You Should Consider it for Hail Repair

This is Derek. He is one of Collision Work’s premier PDR specialists. He works all year round with our company performing PDR where needed.

May nearly always brings interesting weather to the Great Plains states. While this year, May has not been as destructive as in years past, it still has brought us some of tornadoes and hail storms.  In general, storm damage, especially from hail or flying debris, can usually be repaired by paintless dent repair (PDR). So what is PDR? Why is it considered the best option for hail and small dent repair? Why should you look to someone local for PDR? This article will answer those questions.

PDR versus Conventional Repair

To get the best results at the lowest prices, you may want to consider PDR. This method used by your local collision repair technicians can help restore minor damage to a vehicle quickly and inexpensively. It is called “paintless” dent repair because no paint is involved, unlike conventional repair. With conventional dent repair, a dent on a vehicle is repaired by working the metal, as well as through the use of body filler and sanding. It is then restored by to its original sheen and color through the process of painting and blending techniques The problems with this process is that its expensive and it takes longer to complete.

Why PDR?

PDR is a faster and less expensive option for small dent repair. A collision repair specialist can perform paintless dent repair quickly and effectively. Using tools such as body picks and metal rods, the technicians push the dent out from the inside of the car panel. Though it sounds like a simple method, it requires the skilled hands of a professional to perform the task correctly. Pushing too hard on the dent can cause it to bulge out further than you intended. To ensure the dent is fixed properly and the body matches the original look of the car, you need to have a highly trained specialist complete this job. Additionally, PDR is not always an option if the paint has been damaged in some way. It is also not an option if the dent is on a body line or is too deep. There are many times that a combination of PDR and conventional are used on the same car in order the vehicle back to its previous condition.

Why Use a Body Shop for PDR

It is important when looking to have PDR work done to repair done to your vehicle that you go with a local shop. Not only does that help your local economy and promote businesses locally, but more than that it covers you in case there are problems. PDR is an art. While many folks claim to do it, few do it with precision. Additionally, for some dents pieces of your car will be removed temporarily (such as headlamps, door interior pieces, headliners, drain tubes, etc). If these things are not put back together properly, you can have leaks or other bothers to deal with. When you use an out of state company or individual who is making a living chasing hail damage, when they are done with repairs they are gone and no longer available to address issues or complaints. A local reputable body shop that offers a lifetime guarantee will be around in the event there is a problem.

This concludes our month long blog series on storm and hail damage. Over the course of the last month we have addressed how insurance handles such claims versus how other insurance claims are handled. The difference between comprehensive coverage and collision coverage. How hail damages are estimated and more! If you have missed any of the last few blogs on the topic, you can go back and read them here.