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Everything you need to know about Paintless Dent Removal (PDR)

Paintless Dent Removal (PDR) is a form of panel beating or smash repair that specialises in fixing small dents where the paint has not creased or cracked. These small car dents likely stem from hail damage , door dings, and minor bumps from other vehicles. The effectiveness of PDR is often defined by the flexibility of the paint and the extent to which the metal has been stretched by the damage. In short, it's dent repair , without requiring any painting afterwards, which means it's a lot cheaper and faster than traditional smash repair methods. In general, Paintless Dent Removal works on aluminium and steel panels that have shallow dents without a sharp crease. Fun fact: PDR was invented by Oskar Flag in 1960 during the "International Motor Sports Show" in New York City.

Our network of PDR smash repairers use a wide range of tools, including heat and fluorescent light, to avoid chipping or cracking the damaged area. Usually, PDR is best performed in a workshop, but sometimes it can be done by mobile repairers who can come to you.

Unsure what type of dent repair you need? DingGo has got you covered. If it’s appropriate to your damage and we can save you money and time then we will send your job to our Paintless Dent Removal (PDR) specialists. If it's not physically possible to fix your damage using the PDR technique we will send your job to our other auto body shops for some panel beating at competitive prices.

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Common Questions and Answers About Paintless Dent Removal (PDR)

How much does Paintless Dent Removal (PDR) cost?

The cost of PDR depends on the size, location and nature of the dent. Usually, the cost will be between $150-$250 per damaged panel. Larger more complex dents and hail damage can cost a significantly more. Why not let us find you the best price? Use our obligation free quick quote service.

Will the PDR repaired dent come back eventually?

No and this is one of the reasons PDR is superior to using filler and paint.

What are the benefits of PDR?

It’s the most affordable and fastest way to repair panel damage. It’s also an environmentally friendly panel beating method because there is no sanding, filling or paint spray.

Does PDR repair hail damage?

Yes, in most cases hail damage can be repaired by PDR.

Are there any damaged car panels that can’t be repaired using PDR?

PDR can be used on any metal car panel. Most bumpers are made from plastic which PDR isn’t effective on, for this you will need specific bumper repairs.

Do I need to do anything to prepare my car for PDR?

No, panel beaters do their best to use the least disruptive methods possible. This means they won’t remove parts like door trims or mouldings unless it’s absolutely necessary.

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Great team, very helpful and friendly
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Friendly service, happy with the job. There was a little bit of a delay but it was over a long weekend so understandable. Overall pleased with the service and value.
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