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Old 08-23-2009, 12:08 AM   #1
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Anyone ever tried PDR?

Anyone ever hired a Paintless Dent Removal person to remove minor dents and creases? I had a PDR guy look at a very minor dent on the front fender today (barely noticeable unless looking at it just at the correct angle but annoying to me nonetheless) and he seems to think he will be able to get it back to new condition. I am apprehensive as I have never tried this before or know anyone who has. I am leaning towards letting him have a crack at it, if I am not happy with the result, I can always take it to a body shop to fix dent and repaint the panel.

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Old 08-23-2009, 12:26 AM   #2
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It likely depends on the technician doing the work, but I tried it once and it looked worse after the dent was "removed." I couldn't help but thinking I got what I paid for.
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Old 08-23-2009, 10:37 AM   #3
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Doc is probably right. I either got lucky or had someone with "touch" and skills.

In my case, to get a couple of dings out, that the technician could get to easily, and the setup was in an autobody shop with proper lighting, he did a good job.
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Old 08-23-2009, 12:07 PM   #4
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Most of them are pretty good, hell the insurance company's are doing more and more paintless dent repairs on claims then ever before!! I have a buddy who does this and he took out a small ding on a body line of my Black altima and he did a terrific job, no signs of the dent at all!!
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Old 08-23-2009, 10:05 PM   #5
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I hear that dealerships are hiring PDR guys to take out dents
as opposed to thé traditional method thèse days. Thé high end dealers rely on thèse guys a lot nowadays. I'll give them shot.
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Old 08-24-2009, 09:02 AM   #6
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I've seen some dents removed this way that I wouldn't believe if I didn't see. Just make sure the guy knows what he's doing and has good references.
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Old 08-30-2009, 08:16 PM   #7
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My car was in a hail storm while sitting in the rail yard. They did the PDR, and when it got to the dealer, I went over it inch by inch looking at it at all angles and lights. They gave me the paperwork from the PDR with the locations marked that had the dents. I have had the car for a month, and wash it several times a week by hand. I still have not seen any sign whatsoever that the car had any dents in it. The finish is perfect.
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Old 08-31-2009, 03:50 PM   #8
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I had a PDR guy take out 2 small and very subtle dents. Access was no problem so it only took him 10 minutes!! I couldn't find any traces of the dents, it was like they were never there! I was skeptical at first but seeing is believing and I am a believer now. I am not worried about dents anymore. I have a guy to fix them!
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Old 08-31-2009, 03:55 PM   #9
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I used a paintless dent removal guy for my black Cadillac. Did a great job! Even on a black car you could not see where the dents were. He even buffed out a couple light scratches and the side of the car looked brand new again. Definitely check around for people that have had work done before if you can.
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Old 08-31-2009, 03:59 PM   #10
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Reciently had a guy here locally take about thirty five hail dents out of my daughters Vibe. Only one is noticiable now. ( so deep it stretched the metal ) I have used this kind of repair for door dings on my wife's suv. Find a good one and make him or her your friend for life. LOL
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Old 08-31-2009, 08:19 PM   #11
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Old 09-01-2009, 04:47 PM   #12
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75-125 for door dings. he charged me 1300 to do my daughters car ( at least 35-40 hail dings ) and recieved 2g from my insurance.
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Old 09-01-2009, 04:51 PM   #13
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I have had several small dents taken out by colors on parade and I have been well satisfied. He could not get one out of a Harley tank for me, but he told me up front probably could not. It still looked much better.
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Old 09-01-2009, 05:20 PM   #14
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PDR works great. Some a-hole put a 3" crease in the door of my wife's black HHR, luckly it didn't break the paint. Pro Dent in Salt Lake City had a mobile tech come out to my office and he took it right out. Cost me $135 but well worth it. You can't tell there was ever a dent!!
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Old 09-02-2009, 03:00 PM   #15
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I've used them twice on the rear quarter panels on my '96. They do a good job.
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Old 09-02-2009, 03:18 PM   #16
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My jeep Rubicon's hood got turn into a golf ball copy-cat by hail a month and a half ago, took it in for PDR, and the hood is like brand new! no indication what so ever of being PDR'd and looked perfect.
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Old 09-02-2009, 03:37 PM   #17
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I am a believer - Black 2SS

Had the PDR repair done at my AZ dealer and they fixed 3 small dents - one I'm sure was new and did not even notice till they showed me.
- VERRY VERRY HAPPY!! Actually hugged the guy!

-- Why is it such a deal for me? Wife gave me a door ding on the front fender above the wheel in the garage the first week I got my car. She actually felt worse about the damage than I did - "ok that's what I tell people anyway"

I go my car April 22 and drove around with the dent for more than 3 months! Everywhere I went people noticed it because it is a black car.

Last week I got it fixed with my exhaust upgrade - Best $85 I've spent on the car yet!!!!!!!!
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Old 09-02-2009, 10:09 PM   #18
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itsadryheat79.... What dealer did your dent removal? I am looking at the same kind of dent, but in the rear quarter above the wheel (My wife got the first one in also. Too funny!)

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Old 09-02-2009, 11:05 PM   #19
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you are better off calling around yourself. You take it to a dealer and dealer will charge you $xx, dealer picks up the phone, calls the PDR guy in town to do the work and pay the guy 50% of the money the dealer got from u! Call around and choose the one with the most experience and has gone to all the PDR training classes. I talked to 4 PDR guys and picked the one with the most experience and references.
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Old 09-03-2009, 11:54 AM   #20
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Dent repair @ Chapman - Contact John Borchard

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itsadryheat79.... What dealer did your dent removal? I am looking at the same kind of dent, but in the rear quarter above the wheel (My wife got the first one in also. Too funny!)

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Call John Boarchard @ Chapman Tempe - (480) 752-1579
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Old 09-03-2009, 12:16 PM   #21
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I did not feel gouged by Chapman

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you are better off calling around yourself. You take it to a dealer and dealer will charge you $xx, dealer picks up the phone, calls the PDR guy in town to do the work and pay the guy 50% of the money the dealer got from u! Call around and choose the one with the most experience and has gone to all the PDR training classes. I talked to 4 PDR guys and picked the one with the most experience and references.
Point taken - Maybe I should have shopped around but to be honest I was more afraid it would make it worse. From the responses above the price I was given was very reasonable plus I would have paid more cuz I love my wife I mean my car....

Maybe I look thru rose colored glasses.
Chapman "my service rep" and the whole staff just took care of the problem. I really do not mind paying for service from someone who has gained my trust. Hopefully others are experiencing a new and improved attitude at their dealers. Lots of car places in AZ were really struggling when I got my car and some dealerships have closed. Now that times are looking to get better it's my hope that this continues and we do not go back to the old ways.
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