Here is something that I always stick to when I do my dents on a daily bases. It’s not something I think about a lot because it really has become just good habits. It’s also something I teach my students in the beginning so they stay in good habit themselves. I embedded a audio clip that explains more in detail. Take a listen and let me know what ya think?
This post is about Dan Ontrop’s last and big paintless dent repair he did. It was his last day and he wanted to test himself on what he learned from the previous weeks.
I have a specific and a solid way I teach my pdr students so they can break big dents down into smaller and more manageable repairs. It’s all about recognition after a pdr student understands the fundamentals of paintless dent repair. Recognizing high spots, crowns, knocking down, pin pointing and knowing how to finish will drastically improve the overall results of a pdr repair. Keeping your dent clean is the most important. If you have miss-pushes everywhere, the dent becomes unreadable and real chewy. A lost cause and then the frustration begins to build.
I was working on this dent at about 3:30 in the afternoon. It took a little longer than expected because there was a brace structure half way against the dent. It still turned out fine but was more challenging than I would have liked. But then again that is pdr for you. Here are some iPhone video clips how the repair looked before and after. It’s my run n gun video so please don’t be disappointed because lately I have not busted out the good camera rigs.
This dent took about an hour and 15 minutes and I charged $275. Yes considering this took me less than an hour and a half, some people would get upset. Some of my customers questions the cost vs. the time it took me to repair a dent. I have to remind them politely that a dent repair like this really didn’t take me an hour and half. It really took me 19 years. The truth is, would you rather have someone know what they are doing who is experienced and can do a repair in a timely manor or have a person who does not know what they are doing and take all day without the same outcome? I don’t charge by the hour, instead, I charge in regards to the experience it will take me to remove the dent.
I decided to put together a quick and easy video slide show together. I was looking through my past repairs and thought I would put together some of my favorite pdr dent repairs. Each pdr repair has a little story about it and I learned a ton from each one of these repairs. The ones that look less complex were actually the most challenging and some were definitely as hard as they looked.
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