This month we’ll discuss Paintless Dent Repair or PDR.  Why you ask? I just hit something the other day with my car and I have been researching how my body shop will repair it.

I had the choice (and so do you) of having the fender replaced or repaired. The replacement could have been a new Toyota part, used Toyota part, or replacement China part at a substantial savings to my insurance.  But, here is what I learned from the shop. Anytime you have to repaint a portion of your car there’s a chance for a slight mismatch with the paint. Even with a good paint match the repaired area could fade differently than the original factory paint. This, plus cost savings, is why PDR is gaining popularity.

Trained techs actually smooth and manipulate the dent using specialized tools, mirrors and lights to bring it to factory specs without damaging the paint. Of course, this only works if the paint hasn’t cracked in the damaged area.  Even minor scratches can be re-clear coated and polished out. So the next time you are involved in a minor dent situation or have door dings you’re sick of, have your dealer or shop bring in the PDR guys to give an estimate. There are pics online showing the outcome and I can tell you from experience the results are real.

We are in our nicest weather season here in Arizona and outdoor activities for me include sanding and painting my 1967 Mustang and rebuilding my son’s 1972 F100 engine.  I wish they could get just a little PDR work but unfortunately they both require full body work and paint. Maybe I’ll post some pics on our website of my progress. Stay tuned for more TMI articles coming next month. And if you have car questions or comments, give the website “a post” and we will address them in an upcoming TMI article.