What is Paintless Dent Repair?

The main facet of all auto body collision repair is paintless dent removal. It is a method of getting rid of dents on a vehicle’s exterior without needing to remove the paint and primer, and is by far one of the most popular services offered by auto body shops. Given that the cost of spray-painting a car can range into the thousands of dollars, depending of course on the extent of the job, paintless dent repair (PDR) is typically the first course of action performed.

When PDR Works and when it does not
It is important to note that PDR does not work in all cases, particularly when the surface damage has penetrated below the primer level. Most body shops offer the service to customers whose vehicles have sustained harm from hail or the result of collisions (e.g. fender benders, door dings, etc.)

Almost all modern cars feature paint that is flexible with respect to repair. The need for a malleable exterior surface is paramount, especially when dealing with severe dents. The general rule of thumb when considering PDR for your vehicle is how intense the dent is. The deeper the dent, the less likely paintless dent repair will be able to restore the exterior to its former condition. Fortunately, body finishes today allow for much greater wiggle room in this respect; PDR has been successfully used to correct damage from dents that are a few inches in diameter.
There are a few ways that auto body shops use PDR to fix body damage, with the pull method being the most common. The shop of your choosing may install a metal rod on the area of the car where the dent is located, and subsequently pop the dent out. Push to paint services are required when the damage is severe and a body filler material is deemed necessary.

Star Collision offers top of the line paintless dent repair services. Stop by for a free quote today!


  1. I had no idea that modern cars had flexible paint when it comes to repairs. It is important to remember that knowing this can help you know what the best way to paint your car is. We need to find a good auto paint shop that can help me repaint my car, so I wanted to look into it first.

  2. Thanks for the information that paintless dent removal is less likely to work if your dent is really deep. My son backed up into a light pole yesterday and now he has a dent in his bumper. Luckily his dent isn’t too deep so we can probably find a place to use PDR in order to fix it.

  3. It’s good to know that PDR is the best option when the dent isn’t too deep. You will have more success with it in certain situations, like you mentioned. It’s nice that this is a solution to successfully correct small dents easily.

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