Originating from the car factories of Germany in the 1950s, Paintless Dent Removal (PDR) is a refinement of traditional panel beating techniques. PDR predominantly uses a series of steel hand tools to manually “lever” dents out from the underside of a vehicle’s panels. The technique is far less invasive than traditional repair techniques and allows for the vehicles original paintwork to be retained. When carried out correctly a PDR repair is invisible.
PDR has excellent green credentials using very little energy or materials. Its time and cost savings are substantial, and due to modern vehicles being manufactured with thinner panels and more elastic paintwork, PDR has dramatically expanded its market share.
PDR is a craft that must be practiced and perfected over many years and requires a combination of patience, strength, dexterity, an eye for detail, and pride of workmanship. PDR is widely used to repair, door dents, shopping trolley dents, golf ball dents and any dents where no moving vehicles were involved. PDR is well suited for the repair of hail damaged vehicles. A global increase in severe weather events has seen PDR used to repair an expanding number of hail damaged vehicles each year.