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Paintless dent removal / Repair (PDR)


Paintless Dent Repair Cost also known as Paintless Dent Removal or PDR is significantly lower than the conventional bodywork and paint method. The concept of Paintless Dent Removal is to approach the dent from behind and slowly massage it back out therefore no damage is done to the outside paint. This saves you time, money and most importantly your factory finish. It's a skill that requires you to see the smallest of details, some even describe it as an art. Auto body paint shops charge by the panel, whereas PDR companies charge by the dent. The smallest dent, about the size of a dime usually starts around $85. The price goes up depending on the size of the dent, location of the dent, whether it's aluminum or regular metal and how deep the dent is. 


Paintless Dent Repair Tools that the professionals use are very expensive. Starter kits are around two thousand dollars minimum and that isn't enough to get started. There are cheaper DIY tools you can purchase from a local auto store or a big general store like Wal-Mart. Typically, those generic Paintless Dent Repair Tools are only somewhat reliable for big shallow dents that you can suction out, not really for the idea of "massaging." If you're looking to buy some PDR tools online, even Amazon carries a few different choices but we would recommend buying directly from actual PDR tool companies. Paintless Dent Repair technicians are considered the surgeons of the body repair industry because the smallest inch or the slightest push matters, even using an incorrect paintless dent repair tool can compromise or worse, ruin the repair. 


Paintless Dent Repair Training is usually offered in three length choices: one week, 2 weeks or four weeks. If you're looking into a PDR career, I'd recommend doing the four weeks training to better prepare you when you start and help eliminate rookie mistakes that can be costly.  The cost or Paintless Dent Repair Training varies by the school or instructor, it ranges anywhere from 10 thousand dollars for a four weeks course to 15 thousand dollars. Keep in mind that's just for the training, you will need a few more thousand dollars to buy tools and start up your company. Overall, it's a rewarding investment and highly recommended. 


Written by: Danae Wakefield & Kosol Ros