tools used in paintless dent repair

How is Paintless Dent Repair Actually Done?

If your vehicle has been damaged by hail, you should seek dent repair services from a local auto body shop. It may seem unlikely that there is a way to repair a vehicle’s hail damage without repainting. Paintless dent repair makes this a reality and maybe the best option for an automobile damaged by hail, depending on the amount of damage.

Paintless dent repair is just what it sounds like – it is a process by which dents are repaired using specialized equipment and a high level of skill. It is not a new technology, having been used in various locations across the globe for years. Still, it is becoming more prominent as a solution to repairing dents that is much more economical.

 1. How it Works

This innovative dent removal technique entails gradually pressing out each dent cavity in the metal panel until it appears brand new. It has become so popular because, in reality, no car owner wants to pay for pricey replacement panels or time-consuming and far more expensive traditional repairs. Not to mention that conventional repairs may improve the vehicle’s look but at the expense of the vehicle’s worth. Typical repairs include filling in and repainting over dents, they void your factory finish guarantee and are listed on your vehicle’s Carfax report, severely lowering the vehicle’s market value. On the other hand, paintless dent repair eliminates dents from the panels without causing damage to the vehicle’s paint or structural integrity, which is how PDR restores the vehicle’s value. This quick and easy procedure will have you back on the road in no time with a more attractive automobile.

 2. Instruments used

Tails of whales

These are not genuine whale tails! Whale tails, so named due to their similar form, are metal bars with a little bend at one end and a handle at the other (which may or may not be coated in rubber). They are intended to fit around curves in your vehicle’s finish and push a dent back into place. It’s a straightforward concept, but successfully utilizing the instrument requires a steady and careful touch.

Hammers with a slide

A slide hammer is a piece of metal in a t with spherical pieces on each arm. Additionally, depending on the manufacturer, it may feature a hole on one end that allows the technician to attach it to anything, making it a multipurpose tool.

 3. Repairing the Dents

When it comes to repairing the dents, the PDR technician will first determine if they can reach the dent from the inside. This is one of the most important parts of determining if your vehicle’s hail damage can be repaired using PDR. Once they have determined that they can reach the dents from the inside, they remove whatever parts on your vehicle that are necessary to reach the dent. Then, using various tools, they work those dents out in a way that does not damage the paint. After the dents are removed they replace all the parts that were removed during the repair, leaving your car as good as new.


If you are considering going the route of PDR for repairing the Hail Damage that your vehicle has sustained, Dingz Happen can help. With years of experience in the industry, we can provide a repair that you can trust. Give us a call or visit our website.