So you’re dealing with dents in the body of your vehicle? Are you apprehensive about getting them fixed because you’re worried about expensive, time-consuming repairs? At Minnetonka Collision, we’ve got some good news: Paintless dent repair may be an option for you, depending on the extent of the body damage.


This highly effective dent removal technique won’t cost you an arm and leg, nor will it force you to give up your vehicle for days. Below, we explain what paintless dent repair is, when it’s a viable option, and several advantages of this approach to dent removal.


What Is Paintless Dent Repair?

Paintless dent repair (PDR), is a dent removal technique that restores the body of your vehicle to like-new condition in a fraction of the time required for more traditional dent fix methods. As its name indicates, the process does not involve any touchup paint. PDR also eliminates the need for body fillers and sanding.


When an auto body repair specialist performs paintless dent repair, he gently coaxes dents out of the body panels of your vehicle. First, he gains access to the area directly behind the dent and positions a specialized tool and lighting to carefully pull the dent out. When the body panel is smooth, he’ll give it a thorough buffing and the area comes out looking as good as new.


When Is Paintless Dent Repair Appropriate?

Auto body repair specialists typically use paintless dent repair to address the following types of body damage:


●        Hail damage

●        Minor panel creasing

●        Door dings

●        Large dents

●        Bodylines damage


PDR can also be used to prepare damaged paneling for repainting. Since this dent removal technique helps reduce the amount of body filler necessary for more extensive repairs, it can help control repair time and cost.


But here’s the caveat: No matter what type of body damage you’re dealing with, the paint surface must be intact if you’re looking to get paintless dent repair. While PDR can pull just about any dent out of a damaged panel, it can’t do anything to address the flawed paint. If you don’t fix the paint, the damage will inevitably grow more severe. Ultimately, rust will develop.


Advantages of Paintless Dent Repair

Why opt for PDR over more traditional dent removal methods? If your vehicle doesn’t have any paint damage, it doesn’t make sense to opt for anything else! With paintless dent repair, you’ll enjoy a number of advantages, including:


●        Rapid turnaround. PDR typically requires just a few hours, depending on the extent of the damage. If you need your vehicle back in a hurry, it’s the only way to go.


●        Affordability. Since PDR doesn’t require sanding, filler, or touchup paint, it’s significantly more affordable than other dent removal methods.


●        Vehicle value. Keeping your vehicle’s original paint job fully intact may allow you to command a higher asking price when (or if) you decide to sell it.


●        No color-matching errors. Since there’s no touchup paint involved, PDR eliminates the potential for color-matching errors.


Looking for Auto Body Dent Removal in the Twin Cities?

If you’re dealing with hail damage, door dings, or more complex damage to the body of your vehicle, bring it to our team at Minnetonka Collision. Aside from paintless dent repair, we specialize in precision color matching, collision insurance repair, fleet management services, and much more. Whether you’re facing minor or major damage, our expert team can restore your vehicle to its pre-accident condition.


To learn more about our services, feel free to call our Plymouth office today at 763-230-7805 or request a free estimate.