Dent Repair Process
Finding a dent or multiple dents on your car can be extremely frustrating. The very thought of taking your vehicle into a body shop and having them prepare an estimate that could set you back thousands is more than enough to just live with the damages.
However, with Paintless Dent Repair or PDR, you do not have to worry about emptying your wallets just to fix those tiny dings. At Premium Dent Repair, we do just that and with our mobile repair unit, there is not a single dent we cannot reach.
Today, Tyler DeCarlo is working on a 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan that had a couple of dents right in the body line of both the right-hand side doors. The dent on the front door was the bigger of the two (about 2 inches) and had quite a bit of crowning and creasing. The dent on the rear door was smaller but still needed some work as it went through the body line. Fortunately, both the dents were 100% repairable with PDR.
Before we start working on any vehicle, we have to create an estimate for the customer and us at Premium Dent Repair, using an app called Mobile Tech RX. The app is simple to use and allows us to simply enter the size of the dent, the depth of the damage, and a couple of other factors that go into repairing the dent, and it gives us an estimate that we can then take to the customer within minutes.
In these kinds of repairs, we first place a window guard to protect the glass from scratching while we work on the panel. Once that is in place, we use a heat gun to bring the temperature of the metal up to a point where it becomes more pliable and easy to work with. Before we can start pushing on the metal from the inside, we have to tap down the crowns and creases that hold all the pressure of the dent. Once that is out, we use a Dentcraft Double Bend Rod to gain access to the panel through the window and slowly start massaging the damage out.
Moving over to the smaller dent, we had to follow the same process as it was in the same area as the bigger dent. We protected the window with the guard and heated the metal before knocking down the crowns. The same rod was used for this dent as well and it came out very cleanly. While working on the second dent, we noticed a tiny ding on the door, which we also took care of for the customer. Once all the damage was out, we buffed the panels to remove any marks or smudges. The customer was extremely happy with the result and was pleasantly surprised to see her vehicle back to how it originally looked.
When comparing PDR to a traditional body shop, the pricing, time, and finish are worlds apart. For both the dents (and the third ding), our estimate was for a total of $565. A body shop, on the other hand, would have had to repaint the quarter panel, rails, and fenders just to blend it, all of which would have cost up to $1,500.
If you have a dent or ding on your vehicle and want to retain the factory paint job of your car while also saving big, choose PDR over traditional body shops.