Get to know the main PDR tools and removal methods
The art of repairing dents & dings
Paintless dent repair (PDR) is considered the art of repairing dents & dings without disturbing the original paint. A skill-based trade used all over the world. But how do they do it? Are there special tools? Or do we use dry ice? Or glue pullers? Today we will take a look at the tools and methods used to perform a perfect paintless dent repair.
PRD tools come in every shape and size, depending on what kind of aggravation or the specifics of the dented sheet metal, they all have their unique purpose. But which are essential?
- Lighting Systems: Fluorescent or LED lighting is used to access the cavity. As the dings disappear, the light’s reflection on the vehicle improves.
- Lined Dent Board: Use it to read dents to remove micro lows.
- Brace, Hand, and Hook Tools
- Hook Tools
- Rod Tools or paintless dent repair rods / paintless dent removal rods
- Whale Tails
- Wire Tools
Paintless dent repair glue
- Dent Lifter: This tool will allow you to control and massage door dings and hail damage until the desired results are achieved.
- Slide Hammer: Used for tapping down high points with the tap down
- Glue Gun
- Glue Tabs
- Spray bottle
- 91% Isopropyl Alcohol
The above are the main tools and supplies necessary to perform a proper dent repair. Though, you will find many other accessories in the market. Now let’s take a look at PRD tools.
The most common methods of PDR use metal rods and body pick to push the cavities out from the underside of the affected panel. Glue Pulling is a second method used as an alternative depending on the degree of depth and location of the damage in question. In this case, plastic tabs are glued to the outer surface of the damaged area and then connecting a pulling tool to these tabs and applying pressure to remove or soften the repair area can result in the paint being pulled off the vehicle. This technique requires the vehicle to have its original factory paint, along with a pro’s well-honed skills to avoid any paint issues.
In both methods, fine-tuning of the repair area often requires “tapping” down the impacted area to take off small high spots or shrink the metal, making the surface flat. Aluminum and steel panels can be treated using either method and achieving the same results.
PRD requires a steady hand and sharp eye!
At Auto Rehab, we can repair your vehicle’s minor dents and dings without the need for costly, labor-intensive filling, sanding, and painting. Our highly skilled technicians have been serving clients in Colorado and worldwide for over 15 years. They have performed paintless dent removal on almost every make and model imaginable. We strive to do everything possible to restore your vehicle to its factory finish while saving you time and money!