PDR stands for Paintless Dent Repair, and it is the main way we at Colorado Hail Solutions fix the dents in your vehicle. It involves manipulating the metal in your vehicle back into its original shape so it can look just like it did before. It also requires using special tools that can make your car look brand-new and like it is in its original manufactured condition.
Here’s a little history lesson and a guide into what the PDR process is, and how it has changed over the years:
What is the PDR process?
The PDR process starts with your company inspecting what happened to your car and estimating how much it will cost to fix it. Workers will take into account how bad the damage is, and then how long it will take to fix the car and what tools will be needed. All of that information will then be used to come up with a price for the customers to pay.
Then, after you and the company have agreed on a price for the repairs and are willing to go through with the process, the workers will complete the repairs based on what they have identified. No two repairs are the same, and each one will require a special amount of dedication and time.
The third and final step in the process is completed after repairs have been made to the dents and your car is looking brand new again. You’ll get your car back and you’ll be able to look it over and see how much has changed since you brought it into us. If something doesn’t satisfy you about your car, feel free to bring it up and we can help solve the problem.
At the end of the day, your happiness is most important when repairing your car, especially when there have been dents and problems with it before.
This process can’t be used for large damages to cars, but it is mostly used to repair hail damage, door dings, minor creases and large dents to cars.
How did the PDR process start?
The PDR process was created in the early 1960s by an employee of the Mercedes car company. It was this employee’s job to take care of all the cars that would be shown at the New York City car trade show. However, it wasn’t until the 1980s that the PDR process was more commonly used in the United States.
The creator of PDR was named Oskar Flaig, and his job was to take care of all the paintwork on all the show cars for the car show in New York City. The public would damage, scratch or make small dents on the cars throughout the day, so Flaig would have to repair each of the cars so they could be in perfect condition throughout the next day.
Flaig would use a hammer handle to push out each of the dents in the cars before he would repaint them, and this would require him to use less filler before painting each of the cars. Although this may have seemed like a bad idea at the time, the result already looked better after it was pushed out, and even better after he repainted the car. So thus, the PDR process was born.
After working in New York City, Flaig returned back to his home in Germany and did work for Mercedes there. He was eventually promoted to a foreman at a Mercedes plant in Germany and started PDR training at each of the branches. His techniques were used in Germany for a while before they were brought into the United States in the 1980s when a German worker brought his knowledge of PDR to the country.
How has the PDR process changed since it started?
Since the PDR process began in the early 1960s, it has been tweaked over the years and changed to make the process better for companies and its clients.
With the rise of technology and the creation of better technology throughout the years, the PDR process has also changed and been made better. Over the years, companies have found out more efficient ways to go about the PDR process and make it most convenient for their customers.
At Colorado Hail Solutions, we do whatever we can to be transparent about the PDR process and show our customers the best way for them to get the most out of the process.