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Old 07-14-2016, 09:39 AM
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PDR "Paintless Dent Repair"

Some of these guys are just like friggin Warlocks! This guy who we have does some amazing work. I know the after pictures suck as I can't get the exact same shading as the original photo which was perfect. But honestly, yes there is a "texture" like a heavy orange peel or something, but the fender is now straight. He did it in about a half an hour.

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nice, except when my wife crunches my truck
she crunches it hard
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I had three small dents removed by a local pdr guy here locally. 200 dollars, perfect results, Not a sign the car ever had a ding.

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PDR guys are ninjas, man!
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Yeah it's funny, I gave it a try. I mean, I can metal finish out some pretty funky dents without bondo, I figured this is a piece of cake. But it's not, at all, it's a different animal and it's not easy at all.

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I had 3 dents in the tailgate of my Ford truck done and unless you catch the light right, you can just barely see one of them. I have another ding on the bed side that happened when a small tree leaped up against it while backing our big 5th wheel into a too small campground site. My wife tried to take out the garage door frame with the RF fender on her last car. That one was totally invisible after being fixed via PDR. Unfortunately the guy who did the tailgate and fender has 'disappeared' so have to find another.
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Checked with some PDR places around here, but they all quoted like $800 and up same as regular places for some minor push in 1/8" on door of Crown Vic...
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A lot of them do something that ticks me off to no end. They price it not as to how long it takes them but in relation to what would it cost at a body shop including the paint work, and that is just plain wrong!

We had a guy doing ours that ticked me off at one point to where I wouldn't even talk to him when he came by anymore and thank goodness someone came to work here who knew the guy we have now who is a super nice and fair guy. He gets what he deserves, to be paid for his skills as well as his time, but not stupid money.

I had called the last guy (friend of the boss') to fix something for a local tire shop who we did business with. The car was damaged at the shop and he was paying for it. He always helped me out and I wanted to pass it on so I gave the PDR guy a call and he came by to fix the car here in our lot. He did it in about a half hour and was all proud to tell me how he was going to charge the guy something like $500. I said how did he figure that and he said "Well it would cost $1000 here with paint and everything" and I begged him to not do that, help this guy out, he ended up chargeing him the $500. That jerk never got anything from me again!

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A lot of them do something that ticks me off to no end. They price it not as to how long it takes them but in relation to what would it cost at a body shop including the paint work, and that is just plain [B][U]wrong!Brian
I think that's what the PDR training schools tell them they can do to get rich...
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IIRC, the tailgate on my truck was $200 and the front fender a bit more. Both were 2011 and 2012 - so maybe they have decided to get rich. I'll find out one of these days.
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Ya'll keep an eye on those PDR dents. When the rust starts, and the paint flakes. Call 'em back, and see what they'll do about it. Nuttin', Nada, Zilch. An' now you get to eat the cost of a proper repair.

See, what happens, is the paint flexes with the dent, when flexed back it cracks. You can't see the cracks some times, but they're there. Look close, under flourescent light, you'll find them. Moisture gets in there, and corrosion starts, and there ya go.
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Ya'll keep an eye on those PDR dents. When the rust starts, and the paint flakes. Call 'em back, and see what they'll do about it. Nuttin', Nada, Zilch. An' now you get to eat the cost of a proper repair.

See, what happens, is the paint flexes with the dent, when flexed back it cracks. You can't see the cracks some times, but they're there. Look close, under flourescent light, you'll find them. Moisture gets in there, and corrosion starts, and there ya go.

That's why I wax my vehicles. Plus if you subscribe to paint cracks under repairs, don't ever get a case of road rash (rock dings) on your car. Then there is the fact that every bump and twist in the road flexes the surface metal AND the paint.
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SELL it the day after the PDR repair... LOL!
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Ya'll keep an eye on those PDR dents. When the rust starts, and the paint flakes. Call 'em back, and see what they'll do about it. Nuttin', Nada, Zilch. An' now you get to eat the cost of a proper repair.

See, what happens, is the paint flexes with the dent, when flexed back it cracks. You can't see the cracks some times, but they're there. Look close, under flourescent light, you'll find them. Moisture gets in there, and corrosion starts, and there ya go.
Any PDR guy will warn you he can not be resonsible if the paint cracks or seperates. It can but usually does not. The three I have had done are perfect and it has been 3-4 years.

No way can you convince me it would have been better to sand the car down and paint it, hoping the paint would mach for three dings.....and further hope 5 years later, it still matched.

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Any PDR guy will warn you he can not be resonsible if the paint cracks or seperates. It can but usually does not. The three I have had done are perfect and it has been 3-4 years.

No way can you convince me it would have been better to sand the car down and paint it, hoping the paint would mach for three dings.....and further hope 5 years later, it still matched.

John
Exactly John, it's a good way to go. The thing about the paint cracking is it depends on who did it! This guy does some magical work and I don't see any cracks. Plus, a late model cars body is zinc coated so a little crack like that doesn't expose the metal too bad, it's still protected with the zinc.


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