The 6 Limitations Of PDR Repair

The 6 Limitations Of PDR Repair

The most appealing aspect of PDR is its versatility in fixing a lot of dented metal surfaces, especially cars. It’s a practical & affordable approach to restoring car bodies to their former glories without nicking the paint.

There are limitations to how far a painted & dented metal surface can be stressed back into its original shape without consequences. Being aware of PDR limitations ensures that a PDR technician knows how to best advise their client about dent fixing. Maybe it can be done with PDR or an appointment with American Auto Hail Repair in Denver, CO. After all, the extent of the damage determines the valid applicability of paint-less dent remediation solutions.

Cases Where PDR Is Non-Viable

Inaccessible Dents

If your vehicle has a dent in a region inaccessible by conventional means, PDR is not applicable. You see, PDR technicians need sufficient space to delicately hammer the dent out from behind the frame while the outer end is eased out using glue & suction cups. It’s off to the autobody shop to get the dent fixed traditionally.

Dents on Non-Metal Sections

PDR works on metal surfaces because of this property called malleability. However, the plastic sections on a vehicle (the fender & bumper) are not malleable, and if they are dented, only autobody restoration can fix them.

Scratched Paint

You’re lucky if the dent has not compromised the paint. However, any scratches, dents, & dings that have cracked or chipped the paint in the process are irreparable by PDR. If you assume that PDR could ‘magically’ hammer the paint back over the surface – no – chipped paint means ‘off to the autobody shop.’

Collision-Level Damage

If the car’s metal panels are severely damaged as a result of a collision, then it’s pretty evident that PDR just won’t cut it. It’s utterly out of the question to try to hammer back jagged edges of car body metal.

Aluminum & High Strength Steel Car Body

Aluminum is quite malleable & used for luxury car bodies. Without sufficient training, a PDR technician can cause more damage to the body & paint. You can understand why some auto shops are hesitant to perform PDR on aluminum. High-strength steel tends to be a tad bit less malleable, far stronger, & yet more brittle than standard steel. Both metals are a dilemma for PDR, so auto shops specialize in aluminum & high-strength metal PDR.

Classic or Vintage Cars

If your vehicle is a sexagenarian or beyond (we’re talking about the classics preceding the 1960s), then PDR is a terrible idea. Old car paint is highly brittle, especially if you need the vehicle in mint condition. Do yourself a favor and keep your classics & muscles in the garage during a hail storm.

We hope this session was enough to coax you into why & when PDR is a bad idea for your vehicles. However, if your car is a recent make, book with American Auto Hail Repair for a vehicle evaluation.

We hope you are partial to a headlight restoration as well, seeing as the hail has been quite unforgiving this year in Denver, CO.