Paintless Dent Repair Techniques

After getting a scratch in my car paintwork fixed last week I was now on a mission to get my car looking its best.  There is a small dent right in the middle of the bonnet, maybe caused by a ball or even someone jumping on it.  Anyway, I asked the paint repair guys about it and they said that as the paintwork was still in tact the dent could simply be pull out.  Hmm… if I tried this I would probably make a real mess. So I did some research and this is what I found.

Paintless Dent Repair (PDR)

Here’s what Wikipedia says about PDR.

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 PDR is the repair of hail damage, door dings, minor creases, and sometimes minor plastic bumper indentations if accessible.

The techniques can also be applied to help prepare the damaged panel for refinishing in a body shop using conventional paint and body methods. 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 (most of today’s refined automotive paint finishes allow for successful PDR), and the amount the metal has been stretched by the damage incurred (this varies depending on the thickness of the metal and the intensity of the impact that caused the dent). Generally speaking the more shallow the dent the greater the chance of paintless dent repair being a suitable option. Even dents several-inches in diameter can be repaired with this method, as long as the metal and paint are not stretched.

Most experienced technicians can fix a shallow large dent or crease to an acceptable level but extremely sharp dents and creases may not qualify for PDR.

I don’t think I will be trying this myself, there are plenty of tools available, just look on Amazon but I think I’ll leave it to the professionals.



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Car Parks, Trolleys and Scratch Repair

Well, here’s my first blog post. After wondering what to write about I thought, ‘just talk about a recent experience’ so here goes.  It was a normal Saturday morning, off to the local supermarket to do the week’s shopping.  Its been really windy here lately and this day was no exception.  The car park was pretty busy but I managed to find a spot and picked up my trolley (shopping cart) to those of you reading in the USA.

After spending about 20 minutes picking up my supplies, and another 20 minutes queuing at the checkout, I always pick the wrong queue, I returned to my car to find that someone had decided to modify the paintwork just above the rear wheel arch.  Not sure if someone had deliberately ran down the side of the car with a shopping trolley, scratched the paint with a coin or perhaps the wind had blown a trolley into my car. Anyway, I thought, “that’s going to be expensive to fix.”  Getting the paint to match up and having the panel resprayed was going to be a pain!

On returning home and unpacking the shopping I thought I’d have a look on the Internet for a local garage to see if they could give me a quote on my car paint scratch repair.  I quickly found out that there are a few companies that provide a mobile paint repair service, great they can come to me!  But how does this work?

S.M.A.R.T. (Small Medium Area Repair Techniques)

This is the method that the mobile companies use to repair scratches in car body paintwork.  If you fancy having a go at this yourself take a look at the video below. Or if you want to leave it to the professionals, like me, get a mobile paint repair company to give you a quote.  I took a picture of the damage and sent it to a local company who replied and gave me an immediate quote.  The price sounded very reasonable so I booked an appoint for the following Monday.

A couple of guys come out to fix the scratch, they made a great job matching up the paint colour and were finished in a couple of hours.

So if you have a scratch in your paint work you want it repaired and you are in Surrey, London or Kent I can really recommend these guys.  Find out more about their mobile car body shop services on their website at