1.How did you get started in this industry?
My journey in becoming a full time Paintless Dent Repair tech all started 10 years ago when I decided to take up an auto body program at PTEC, a place where I learned traditional body and paint work on cars. also competing in the skills USA challenge and going to nationals after graduating from PTEC auto body program.
I quickly got a job at a small body shop as a auto body tech. Around this time I am finding about paintless dent repair (PDR) and I am fascinated by this art of removing a dent without paint or fillers. So what do I do? I start buying tools and a practice panel to work on in my garage.
Now, at first it didn’t just come to me. I spent so much time trying to learn and I was just getting frustrated, trying to find my tool and just making high spots or even cracking the paint. Then one day it just came to me and I could see my tool tip behind the panel and repair a small dent.
I eventually run out of space to put any more dents on the hood and up for a new challenge! So I buy a door off craigslist and jump on it and put a nasty dent in it.
Let’s just say I even surprised myself when repairing the damage. I knew it was time to move my dent removal skills to family and friends vehicles!
Around this time I become a full time painter at the body shop I was working for and doing PDR on the side. That lasted for a while until one day I decided to go full time and offer my skills to everyone!
2. Do you use dry ice to remove a dent?
No, I have never used dry ice to remove a dent. Dry ice for the most part is a myth but that being said, there are certain shallow dents that have minimal trapped pressure in the metal that may be able to be removed from the fast change from hot to cold contracting the metal. I would have to say 99.9% of dents I work on would have no affect from dry ice.
3. Should I try to remove a dent myself?
I would not recommend trying to repair a dent on your own. A lot of cases when this is performed by a rookie you end up jeopardizing the repair of the dent by making it harder or impossible to repair with PDR. Once you mess up or crack the paint there is no turning back and will need to be repaired by a traditional body shop.
4. Can a dent in a body-line be removed?
The answer is yes! A body line can definitely be repaired using PDR, remember to do your research before hiring anyone. When you choose The Dent Trooper you choose a professional that will do what it takes to get the job done!
5. Can a dent with no access be removed with PDR?
With a method called glue pulling we can remove a dent by using special tabs, glue, lifters to pull your dent high and tap it back down and repeating until the dent is flat, without having to access the back of the panel to remove the dent.
6. Can PDR be a 100% perfect repair?
Yes, in a lot of cases I can repair your dent like it never happened! This is why it is important to hire a professional like The Dent Trooper when having your repairs done.
7. Can a dent with paint damage be repaired with PDR?
If a car has paint damage the PDR services can be done but will need further services also being touched up with paint that can be found at your local body shop
8. Is PDR a better repair than a traditional auto body shop?
If your car has no paint damage then I would say ABSOLUTELY YES! PDR is a better repair. With no sanding, grinding ,fillers or a miss-matched paint job from the body shop saving you time, with repairs done typically in a few hours, and money being most cases 1/3 the cost and no car-fax report holding your cars value, its a clear reason why your first choice should be to choose The Dent Trooper, a professional PDR Tech!
9. Can you just pop a dent out?
In most cases it takes me a few hours to repair a dent. Sometimes I will get the occasional dent that pops 80% out quickly but requires additional working of the metal and crowns to be repaired 100%.
10. How long does it take to repair a dent?
Averaging 2-3 hours for repair time, depending on size and location of the dent, a lot of factors come into play when calculating the time it will take for a dent to be repaired, which is why we price each dent differently.