Most minor dents can be repaired with the paintless dent repair (PDR) process by the dent repair experts at Dented. If you have a minor dent that is not too complex and we can access the area behind the dent, we can often massage out the dent. The beauty of PDR is that we do not need to add a body filler, repaint or disturb your vehicle’s factory paint. This process is also far less time consuming than the traditional dent repair process. The paintless dent repair process is a great way to restore your vehicle’s body panels at a fraction of the cost of a traditional dent repair.
However, because some dents are more complex and severe, they can cause other side effects like heavy scratching and cracking of the paint. When a dent occurs, the paint of your vehicle is stretched. If it is stretched beyond the elastic limit of the paint, the paint will crack. In this case, the dent will need to be repaired with the traditional dent repair process. The traditional dent repair process involves removing the paint on the vehicle, using a body filler and then prepping, priming and repainting the affected area. This is a costly process and can take a long time to repair.
How long does the Paintless Dent Repair process take?
The paintless dent repair process is quicker than a traditional dent repair, the dent repair experts at Dented can often repair your dents in a few hours or within the same day. The PDR process takes skill but is a quicker process than traditional dent repair as your vehicle’s factory paint is not disturbed.
How long does the Traditional Dent Repair process take?
The traditional dent repair process is very time consuming and expensive. The process is as follows:
- he existing paint must be sanded off.
- The dent must be pulled or body filler must be applied.
- If body filler is applied, it needs to be sanded to be smooth and flush with the body lines.
- The surface needs to be prepped.
- Paint primer is applied to the panel.
- One the primer has dried, the panel can be painted. This could require multiple coats.
- Once the paint has had time to set and cure, the clear coat can be applied.
As you can see, the traditional paint repair process requires several steps and expensive materials in the repair process. This is time consuming and expensive compared to PDR.
|Dent type:||Paintless Dent Repair Time:||Traditional Dent Repair Time:|
|Door Dings||A Day.||3-5 Days.|
|Hail Damage||1-2 Days.||1-2 Weeks.|
|Minor Dents||2-3 Hours to a Day.||3-5 Days.|
What kind of dents can Dented repair?
Dented can repair most minor dents depending on the characteristics of the dent itself. Generally speaking, dents that are smaller than a dinner plate can be repaired as long as they are not too deep. If the dent is creased, the metal is twisted or the paint has been deeply scratched or cracked, the dent likely cannot be repaired with the paintless dent repair process. We also need to be able to access the area behind the dent to repair it. That being said, some areas cannot be repaired with PDR. Regardless, the Dented dent repair experts are happy to assess the dent and determine if they can repair it.
Some of the dents we can repair include:
- Minor dents
- Hail damage
- Door dings
- Dents from motor vehicle accidents
- Dents from Sports accidents
- Dents from environmental damage
- Dents from shopping carts
- Dents from automatic Car Washes
What type of vehicles can Dented Repair?
Almost every vehicle with alloy or aluminum body panels can be repaired with the PDR process by the dent repair experts at Dented. Given that most alloys and aluminums are pliable, have some flexibility and can be brought back to their original shape, they can be repaired by the paintless dent repair process by massaging out the dents. Materials that would not be able to be repaired by the paintless dent repair process are fibreglass and carbon fibre panels. These panels are unlikely to dent but have a tendency to crack or shatter as they do not have the same elasticity and flexibility as aluminum and alloy panels. These composite panels can sometimes be repaired with traditional auto body repair techniques but generally need to be replaced.
The Paintless Dent Repair Process for Dented Customers
At Dented, we go the extra mile to ensure having your dents repaired is as quick and painless as possible. We treat each and every customer’s vehicle like our own and ensure that we provide the best workmanship and quality with every repair that we complete. Typically, the dent repair process consists of a number of steps. The Dented experience goes a lot like this:
The first step is coming into Dented and being greeted by our friendly receptionist. After that, you’ll take a seat in our office and fill out an intake form. Then we won’t bug you for any more info. Help yourself to a coffee if you have some time!
- Meet with our Damage Estimator.
Depending on availability, the next step is meeting with one of our expert damage estimators to inspect your vehicle. They will assess the severity of the dents on your vehicle and determine if they can be repaired with the PDR process.
- Book your vehicle in for repair.
Once we know the scope of the work and how many dents we have to repair, we can book your vehicle in to be repaired. In times of low demand, this can be almost right away. Once booked we’ll give you a call to remind you of your appointment once it approaches.
- We order parts (if needed)
Once your vehicle has been booked in for repair, we are able to order any replacement parts needed for the repair. Sometimes vehicles can have their trim pieces and other minor parts damaged. Anything that needs to be replaced along with your dent repair will be purchased and delivered to Dented before we repair your vehicle. We always purchase OEM spec or quality parts to replace the damaged ones on your vehicle to ensure a quality repair.
- Drop off your vehicle
Before you drop your vehicle off with us, please ensure that it is clean and ready to be repaired. If your vehicle isn’t clean, we cannot begin to repair it! You can drop off your vehicle with us anytime after 8 AM. At this time, we will ask you to sign a repair work order form on the repair work that we are going to be doing to your vehicle.
- The scheduled repair begins
Once you’ve dropped your vehicle off, we can begin the scheduled dent repair to your vehicle. One of our certified dent repair experts will repair your vehicle and make it look as good as new! Once we’ve completed the repair and given it a quality check, you will be notified that the repair is complete and your vehicle is ready for pickup.
- Pick up
Once you’ve been notified that the repair is complete, you can come pick up your vehicle anytime before 5 PM the same day or anytime after 8 AM the next day. Once you arrive at Dented, you will either need to pay the invoice for the repair, or the deductible and we will gladly hand you the keys to your vehicle and show you the repairs that have been completed to your vehicle to ensure that you are satisfied.