Paintless dent repair (PDR), also known as "paintless dent removal", is a collection of techniques for removing minor dents and dings from the body of a motor vehicle. A wide range of damage can be repaired using PDR; however, usually if there is paint damage, PDR may be unsuitable.
The most common practical use for Paintless Dent Removal is the repair of hail damage, door dings, minor body creases, and minor bumper indentations. The techniques can also be applied to help prepare the damaged panel for paint. Such applications are referred to as "push to paint", or "push for paint".
Limiting factors for a successful repair using PDR include the flexibility of the paint, and the amount the metal has been stretched by the damage incurred. Generally, the more shallow the dent, the greater the chance of paintless dent repair being a suitable option. Even dents with a several-inch diameter can be repairable with this method, as long as the dent is shallow and uncreased for regular technicians, though our technicians can easily fix a crease without paint damage, often if the crease passes through a soft bodyline as well. Hence, often extremely sharp dents and creases may not be repairable - at least not without painting afterwards, although a very skilled master tech may surprise one with what he can get out. Be wary of individual independent PDR technicians, as many times the technicians from these companies are the ones reputable companies deemed unfit to be a PDR technician. As with any art, not just anyone can become a master technician and the major PDR companies spend a lot of time and money weeding out unskilled technicians. Becoming a Master technician takes natural ability, and years of constant experience and training. Common practice assumes no less than 5 years of steady PDR work to be considered a Master Technician, though many technicians may never reach this level. At Superior our in house technician has over 17 years of constant experience.