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Can All Dents Be Fixed With PDR?




If you've got a dent, PDR may be the answer. Paintless Dent Repair (PDR) is a non-invasive way to remove dents without harming the factory paint job. It's a popular choice for small dents and dings, and is often less expensive and faster than traditional body shop repairs. But not every dent is a candidate for PDR - there are limitations. In this blog post, we'll take a closer look at PDR and see when it's the best option for repairing dents.




It is important to understand that not all dents can be repaired by PDR. In spite of the fact that it is by far the best solution for most dents, there are certain limitations to what it can do. Below are the five things that PDR is not capable of fixing:




  • Damaged paint

  • Severe damage

  • The repair would not save the paint

  • No access points

  • Bumpers, plastic and fiberglass




Damaged Paint


Paintless Dent Repair will not be able to repair a car if it has chipped, cracked, or any other type of damage to the paint job. For example, deep scratches will not be repaired. PDR can often be used to remove dents, but the area will still have to be repainted once the dent has been removed.


Severe Damage


Depending on the extent of the damage to the metal of the vehicle, PDR may not be an option if the metal needs to be replaced. The metal typically needs to be replaced after a mWith PDR, severe hail damage can often be repaired, but paint touch-ups may be necessary. may be required.


The Repair Would Not Save The Paint


Damage from deep creases, even when the paint is intact, may be difficult to treat with paintless dent repair. Conventional methods will be needed if PDR cannot be applied without sacrificing the paint.


No Access Points


There are some dents that cannot be removed with PDR if there is no access point for the tools used by the technician to reach behind them. This is not very common.


Bumpers, Plastic and Fiberglass


Usually bumpers are made from a different metal than the body, and they are much heavier. Most of the time, it is too dense to be repaired with PDR tools. Parts that are made of plastic or fiberglass cannot be fixed through paintless dent removal.




Despite the fact that PDR has some limitations, it is by far the best option for most dents. For light to medium size dents on cars with undamaged paint, PDR is a fast, affordable and non-invasive solution. If you're not sure whether PDR can fix your dent, give us a call and we'll be happy to answer your questions. PDR is not always the right choice, but if it's possible we can save you a lot of time and money by doing PDR instead of conventional body shop repairs.


At Dent Erasers we have over two decades of experience with fixing dents and thousands of satisfied customers through out the Bay Area so contact us today and we'll be happy to give you a free estimate on your paintless dent removal job.






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