Paintless Dent Removal in Portland
If you've got hail damage, a door ding, a crease, or some other minor dent in your car, don't assume you need a new paint job. A good auto body repair shop can often remove minor dents quickly and affordably using a technique known as paintless dent removal (PDR).
In the past, repairing a dent meant a little body work and a touch-up paint job. This required time and was expensive, but thanks to modern tools and the newer types of paint used by automakers, if the paint itself wasn't damaged by the impact, in most cases the dent can be removed without repainting.
How does paintless dent removal work?
An auto body specialist will usually approach a paintless dent repair from the inside using a variety of specialized tools to "tap" the dent out from the interior wall. He may also use some external suction-based tools designed to protect the car's paint during removal of the dent.
How long does it take?
It depends on the number and severity of the dent(s). If removing a simple door ding, the PDR process might take a few minutes. If your car has multiple dents from a hailstorm, it might take a few hours to get all dents removed.
What kinds of dents will paintless dent removal repair?
PDR is effective on most minor dents and dings, whether from another car's door in a parking lot, a minor crease from some other form of contact, or hail damage. More significant dents from a collision that's caused the paint to be compromised require conventional dent repair and repainting.
How effective is PDR?
As long as the paint over the dent is still intact and isn't dry and brittle, an experienced professional can successfully remove minor dents without damaging the paint over 90 percent of the time!
How much does it cost?
Cost depends on the extent of the damage and the rates charged by the collision repair shop you choose. Because PDR requires no painting and (usually) very little labor, it's much more affordable than standard dent repair.
For paintless dent removal in Portland by an auto body shop with over 60 years' proven experience, ADESA's Auto & Truck Collision Repair can be reached at 503-674-5463.
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