There’s more than one way to shear a sheep. Some methods are arguably more efficient than others. The same principle applies when getting rid of dings and dents in a car.

Traditional panel beating was once the only way to smooth out damaged bodywork, but mobile dent removal has revolutionised all that. Paintless Dent Repair (PDR) is cheaper, takes far less time and is better for the environment.

Read on to discover more about one of the automobile industry’s best-kept secrets and why some panel beaters would like to keep it that way!

What Is Paintless Dent Repair?

The clue is, at least partially, in the name. Instead of beating out a dent, filling it or painting it over, paintless dent repair relies on special tools to ease out dents from your vehicle. These tools are a little like those you might find a jeweller using.

There are no fillers or paint involved. Paintless dent repair is affordable and works on all kinds of vehicles, from utes and SUVs to vans and trucks.

Mobile dent removal is more efficient because it reduces overheads, as there’s no need for a workshop. That means operators can pass the savings on to you, and because they can fix minor imperfections almost anywhere, they’ll save you time and inconvenience.

What Is Traditional Panel Beating?

Once you’ve dropped your vehicle off, a panel beater will typically sand down the affected area. They will then hammer out the damage in an effort to bring the vehicle back to its original shape.

Technicians will then use a body filler product to smooth over any minor bumps. Once this has dried out, they sand the affected area again before applying a primer. Once the primer has dried out, they’ll paint over the damaged area.

It is extremely difficult to get an accurate colour match. This can be because the original paint colour is no longer available or because the paint on the rest of the vehicle has already suffered sun damage and faded.

There are times when panel beating may be the only alternative repair method. The damage may be too severe for PDR, for example. Here are some instances when panel beating may be necessary:

  • The bodywork and paint have suffered scratches
  • There are sharp dents in difficult-to-reach areas

With PDR, technicians need to be able to work behind the panel and massage out dents. Restricted access can sometimes make PDR impossible.

PDR vs Traditional Repainting

Mobile dent removal offers valuable cost savings. You won’t have to spend time sanding, priming, and painting your vehicle or hire someone else to do this for you. PDR is straightforward, and the results are astounding.

Cars look like new again after a skilled technician has completed the process, and your vehicle will stay looking that way for longer, too. That’s a quick win if you are considering selling your car.

Many people believe that repainting bodywork damaged by dents is always necessary. That is not the case with PDR. This method saves on purchasing products and makes the finished job look far less noticeable. In fact, it can be almost impossible to know if there was ever a problem when dents were fixed using the PDR method.

The Drawbacks of Panel Beating and Repainting

The paint added to cover a dent is less hard-wearing. It’s prone to chips and cracking, and it will fade more quickly than the original finish. There is also a higher risk of rust in the affected area.

Traditional panel beating and repainting take far longer than PDR, which is also less labour-intensive. There is also more risk to your vehicle because the process involves adding materials that were never there rather than simply using the original bodywork.

The final results of traditional panel beating and repainting can be disappointing, with poor colour matches and more obvious signs that a repair has taken place.

Most panel beaters will want to keep your vehicle for a day or so. This is so that they have time to carry out the repair and because they can only carry it out on their own premises. PDR does away with that by using a mobile dent removal service.

For example, we’ve found that some car owners appreciate being able to commute and then get the dent repaired on-site while they are working. It’s far less disruptive and means they are not without a car to get around in.

The Key Advantages of Mobile Dent Removal

Provided there are no scratches involved in the repair, PDR comes with a whole host of benefits when compared to traditional alternative dent repair methods. These include:

  • Savings in both time and money
  • Better results that will last longer
  • Added convenience by not having to be without your vehicle for long periods
  • Fixing dents in a wrapped car without damaging the exterior wrap
  • A more environmentally friendly kind of repair

Panel beating can take days or even weeks to complete. Paintless dent repairs, on the other hand, can take hours or, in some cases, even less. Mobile dent removal means that we can come to you, making the whole repair process far more convenient.

Since it’s less invasive, PDR is also less costly than traditional methods of car repair. It’s far more effective, too, returning cars back to their original appearance, time after time. It’s little wonder, then, that most panel beaters would prefer to keep PDR a secret!

Mobile Dent Removal to the Rescue!

The longer you leave a dent, the more problems you are likely to have later on. The easiest way to find out if we can fix a dent is to send us a photo of the damage. We can then make an assessment and set up an appointment to fix the problem at a time that’s convenient for you.

PDR 2U offers a complete mobile dent removal service. Get a quote today and take advantage of a cheaper and more effective method of repair.