Paintless Dent Removal or PDR is a technique used to remove dents whilst keeping the paintwork in good nick. At The Smart Repair Centre, our team is highly qualified, with 20+ years of experience within the field of PDR. With both traditional and paintless dent removal options out there, how do you know which one is best for your vehicle’s bodywork?

Traditional Dent Removal

Traditional dent removal is often used for larger, deep dents of which damage to the paintwork has also occurred. The process involves grinding and sanding of the area once the dent has been reshaped. Such a technique causes damage to the paintwork of which is resprayed with a colour match to give, to the untrained eye, a flawless finish. As all mechanics and dealerships alike know, spotting a paint match can be done with the right eye, causing your vehicle to devalue. The true price of traditional dent removal has to take into consideration the time and labour as well as the final valuation of the vehicle. Although the vehicle will no doubt be worth more after traditional dent removal, the cost of such a service is higher than that of paintless dent removal although often lesser of replacing the body part.

Paintless Dent Removal

Paintless dent removal involves the use of specialist tools to manipulate the dent, enabling the area to be reshaped. The service is often carried out on smaller dents for aesthetic reasons. The end result, a vehicle that has not had to undergo any paint respraying, causing no loss of value. PDR due to the simplicity of the process compared to that of traditional dent removal means the service is cheaper comparatively.



When can’t PDR be used?

PDR is all in the name, the removal of dents of which the paintwork has not been affected. If the paintwork has been scratched then respraying after would have to be carried out for a near-perfect finish. 

The paintwork of older vehicles is less flexible than that of newer automobiles. Such paintwork may result in cracks during the process of PDR. Such problems will be highlighted by those at The Smart Repair Centre. We, with over 20+ years of experience within PDR, will be able to advise on the best methods for your cars body repairs. 

At the Smart Repair Centre, we offer an efficient paintless dent removal service. No matter the size or location of the dent, our team will always advise on the best removal technique for it. Both traditional dent removal and paintless dent removal are second nature to us, when we hand the keys back, your car’s body will look flawless. We fix whilst you wait, PDR is incredibly quick, enabling you to get back on the road the same day. 

If you would like some advice on how to remove your vehicle’s dent, contact The Smart Repair Centre today for some expert advice. Call us on 01206 973042 or email with some information and photos of the damage, we will happily assist!