What is Paintless Dent Repair?

The rear end of a car has a large dent that is ready for dent repair

Paintless Dent Repair (PDR) can be a great alternative to regular dent removal repairs. This process has proven to be more cost-effective, eco-friendly, quicker, and non-invasive process. But what exactly is PDR? What kind of dents and dings can it repair and what is the process behind it? As one of the top autobody and repair shops in Scottsdale, we’ve got you covered.

What is Paintless Dent Repair?

PDR is a proven method that repairs minor dents and dings in vehicles, bringing them back to manufacturer specifications. To repair steel or aluminum parts, technicians can press and massage the damage out of the vehicle. This method is recommended for dents where the paint has not been compromised by chips or cracks. 

What Dents Qualify for Paintless Dent Repair?

When considering PDR, think of minor dents and dings, like damage from shopping carts, car doors, stray balls, and even light hail or rocks. While the shape and size of the damage can vary, the most important thing to keep in mind is that the paint is still intact. 

Damage that has ruined the paint of your vehicle should be repainted. Furthermore, it’s important to remember to protect the bodywork of the car to help prevent rust. Do not let your car’s metal layer be exposed to the elements as this will accelerate the accumulation of rust and severely damage your car’s value. 

Benefits of Paintless Dent Removal

There are plenty of benefits for drivers who choose paintless dent removal services for their vehicles, including:

  • Cost-efficiency – Without the need for more invasive procedures, which require additional labor and paint, PDR is much cheaper than traditional dent repair.
  • Quicker – PDR is also a much faster service, minimizing the amount of time without your vehicle to usually less than a day.
  • No discoloration – Without the need to mess with the paint coat on your vehicle, there is no chance that you will suffer from discoloration mismatches, leaving you with your original intact coat paint.
  • Keep car’s value: Bodywork can sometimes have a negative impact on your vehicle’s resale value. By performing PDR, you will be able to keep your vehicle’s resale value as the body is returned to manufacturer specifications.

Paintless Dent Repair at Ric’s Body & Paint

Whether you have minor dents and dings or full-on collision damage, our experienced technicians will carefully repair or replace all damaged parts, bringing your vehicle back to the manufacturer’s specifications.

Our collision repair services include I-CAR Gold Class–certified repair technicians, state-of-the-art equipment, computerized frame and alignment check to manufacturer’s specs, and a lifetime warranty on repairs as long as you own the vehicle.
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Ding or Dent? What’s the Difference?

A worn-out fiat parked on the side of the road

You are walking out of the grocery store, preparing to load your bags into your car when you see it… the side of your car has damage on it from the person’s door next to you. This is a situation every car owner dreads. After spending a few seconds evaluating it, it becomes difficult to figure out if it’s a ding or a dent. 

If you find yourself in this position where you are not able to tell whether it’s a ding or dent, call Ric’s Body & Paint for all of your auto body needs. 

What is the Difference Between a Ding and a Dent?

“Ding’s” are usually classified as a mark lesser or equal to 1⁄2 inch in diameter of damage that did not damage the paint or leave any area exposed. This is normally only annoying, unsightly, and will most likely not critically damage your vehicle. 

More extensive damage to your vehicle are described as “Dents.” This is any damage that would require repainting, replacing or any type of metalwork. 

Should You Fix Dings and Dents?

If the ding appears to be merely cosmetic on your vehicle and is not affecting its performance, getting it fixed is not necessary unless you are leasing or planning to resell the car. If you are leasing your vehicle and the ding or dent looks to be anything more than normal wear and tear, you are running the risk of paying a fee when your lease is up. If you plan to sell your car, it will most likely lower its value.

Is Paintless Dent Repair an Option?

Ric’s Body & Paint offers paintless dent repair to vehicles that meet the right conditions. To start, it is important to determine if Paintless Dent Repair is the option for your damage. The premise of a Paintless Dent repair method is to restore a dented vehicle back to its original pre-damaged state. Basically, the easiest, and fastest way to get from point A to point B.

Even in largely damaged areas, dents and dings can possibly be repaired with painless techniques. The only obstacle that may arise, is if the paint is damaged. As the name suggests “Paintless Dent Repair” should not require repainting.

If your vehicle has any paint chipping, peeling, bubbling or lifting, cracking in a sharp dent – Paintless Dent Repair is not an option.

Is There No Paint Damage? Great!

There are a few factors that determine the cost of Paintless Dent Repair. Size and depth are the main factors. Dents can be dime-sized to half-dollar sized. Most of these are easy to repair.

Dents can be very shallow to very deep and misshapen, like from a vehicle collision. Asking Ric’s Body & Paint to remove the dent is your best option.

Our skilled dent repair team are like artists for auto-body work. It’s best to refer to auto-body repair professionals so your car won’t become further damaged.

Past the Point of Paintless Dent Repair As An Option?

At Ric’s Body & Paint, we specialize in all of your auto body collision repair needs to get your car back on the road in a timely manner. Our team can repair severe collision damage to get your vehicle back looking like showroom new. Our skilled auto-body technicians are also experienced in applying environmentally friendly paint, side-view mirror replacement, molding or window repairs. We offer free estimates with no appointment needed to examine your car and provide a detailed assessment of the collision and the cost to repair. Visit our website to review our other services and Contact Us today!