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How do you remove a dent in a car using the PDR method?

How do you remove a dent in a car using the PDR method?

A dent in a car's bodywork often evokes negative emotions in its owner. Whether it was caused by a minor bump, hailstorm or an act of vandalism, a dent not only spoils the aesthetics of the vehicle, but also affects its market value. Don't want to spend a lot of money on taking out a dent? Fortunately, there is an effective and safe solution - dent extraction using the PDR method. In this article, you will learn what the PDR method is, how to use it to pull out and push out dents, and when and why you should remove dents yourself.

What is the PDR method and when is it used?

PDR, i.e. Paintless Dent Removal, is the non-invasive removal of dents from a car's bodywork using push and pull methods, whereby painting the component or filling it in is unnecessary. It is primarily used for small dents.

Removal of a dent using the pull-out method

Removing dents using the pull-out technique is easier and quicker than removing a dent using the push-out method. The term adhesive dent removal is also used here. 

The professional PDR tools available in our shop are designed to remove dents using a non-invasive method, i.e. puller, bridge or inertia hammer. With their help, you can efficiently remove a small dent in your car body. It is best to select a tool according to the size and location of the dent. You will also need specialist hot glue and plastic mushrooms tabs, the shape and size of which should be selected to suit your needs.
In order to best optimise the repair and achieve the best results, it is also worth sourcing and using tools such as a line board or shadow light, knockdowns and a tinner's hammer when extracting dents. They will enable you to repair the damage while achieving maximum control over the end result of your work.

Puller - ideal tool for repairing small dents


Inertia hammer - allows pdr repair of medium dents


Removal of dents using the push-out method

The second method of removing dents in the bodywork is to push them out from the inside using rods by massaging the sheet metal. This technique is more time-consuming but more accurate and allows indentations in hard-to-reach parts of the bodywork to be removed.
The rods have different tips and sizes so that you can easily adapt them to your needs. As with dent pulling, a line board or shadow light will also be very helpful in the sheet metal massaging method, so that you can keep complete control over the degree to which the dent is straightened out.
This technique is also known as non-invasive and glueless dent removal.

Rods- allow body damage to be repaired from the inside


Why remove a dent in your car yourself?

W First of all, let's answer the question: When can you set about removing a dent yourself?

Self-piercing dent repair works well if the car has a medium or small dent, with no damage to the paintwork. The non-invasive repair method, PDR, is then a good option. The tools available are much cheaper than the potential repair costs in a workshop and will last for years. However, if we are talking about larger damage and damaged paintwork, it is better to look for a professional garage that offers dent removal services. In such cases, dent removal requires more equipment and skill.

How much does it cost to repair a dent yourself versus a workshop?

If we have to repair dents after a hailstorm, the cost of repairing the dents by persons dealing with this can amount from several hundred to thousands euros.
You will find a wide range of kits on offer so that you can choose the one most suited to your needs. Prices for kits that include basic tools start at less than 100 euro, and if you would like to fully equip your garage or workshop straight away, extended tool kits are also available for the most cost-effective purchase. This is perfect for those who enjoy DIY, want to save money or are looking for a way to earn extra money.

PDR toolkits with rods


Is PDR dent removal easy?

Effective dent repair using the PDR technique is uncomplicated and allows damage to the bodywork to be eliminated, restoring it to its original appearance. It is a good way for people who want to avoid expensive painting or filling.
As we have outlined above, there are several methods for pulling out dents and they differ in terms of time taken and degree of difficulty. If you decide to repair a dent with a puller, for example, you will have a quick and easy job, whereas if you plan to remove a small dent with a push-out technique you will get the most perfect results at the expense of time and the required accuracy.

In conclusion, the PDR method is an effective and safe method, to remove a dent in a car body. It is excellent at removing dents caused by minor bump, hail or vandalism. You don't have to worry about damage to your paintwork. We encourage you to pull out the dents yourself, thus avoiding costly repairs and restoring your car's original appearance. However, for severe damage to your car's bodywork, we advise you to contact a workshop that carries out professional dent removal.

If you want to get started with PDR or already have knowledge, but still have questions or concerns - we are at your service. Call us during our shop opening hours or ask a question via text/e-mail and we will respond as soon as possible.

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