What Kinds of Dents Can Paintless Dent Repair Fix?

Published On: September 25, 2023

Whether it’s a fender bender on the way to work or a sudden hailstorm, getting a dent in your car at some point is virtually inevitable. While the damage itself is distressing enough, the dent repair process can often be even worse to endure. Traditional auto body repairs can take multiple days to complete and can cost hundreds or thousands of dollars, depending on the model of your car. 

However, with paintless dent repair (PDR) services, dent removal is a quick, affordable, and hassle-free process. Unfortunately, PDR can’t be used for every dent your car endures. Here are the three main types of dents that can be effectively repaired using PDR techniques.

Minor Dents

The most common types of bumper damage that can be treated with PDR are minor dents and dings. Luckily, most minor dents can be quickly and affordably fixed by PDR, but there are limitations depending on the dent’s depth and complexity.

To be fixed by PDR methods, the dent generally must be on a flat and accessible surface. Since PDR is performed by massaging out the dent from the inside, the technicians must be able to reach the underside of the panel to reshape the area. The dent also can’t be too deep or complex, or it may require more extensive repair work. With PDR, depth is typically more important than width, so even large dents may be able to be fixed with PDR if the damage is shallow and doesn’t have sharp creases.

Door Dings

Door dings are another common type of damage that can be fixed with PDR. Some of the most frustrating types of vehicle damage, door dings occur when your car door makes contact with another vehicle, a shopping cart, a pole, or any other solid object.

Door dings differ from other types of dents in that the resulting bump is often round or crescent-shaped. Despite this difference, door dings are still easy to repair using PDR as long as there isn’t significant damage to your car’s paint job in that area.

Larger-Sized Dents

Although paintless dent repair is typically associated with smaller to medium-sized dents, its capabilities extend beyond these confines to encompass more substantial damage as well. The determining factor often hinges on the intricacy of the imperfection and the presence of distinct creases.

In essence, a crease resembles a sharp ridge within a dent. Like a soda can, for example, you can manipulate and massage the can, prompting it to regain its original shape. However, if you apply excessive force, a deep crease may form, rendering it impossible to rectify through massage alone. Remarkably, PDR techniques can effectively address even sizable dents lacking pronounced ridges or sharp edges.

If you’ve damaged your vehicle and are in need of any kind of dent repair, including PDR, call the experts at Bumper Buddies. We have a five-star rating that we’ve maintained for our 20 years in business, and we offer a three-year warranty on all of our repairs. If you’d like to receive a free quote for your dent repair today, give us a call today at 310-340-0902, text us at 949-799-1413 or contact us online.

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