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Big Dent Repair – Paintless Dent Repair PDR Training -Removal

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We give a little insight about our big dent repair PDR training manual. These type of dents are very difficult to achieve and take a lot of patience. Even though we teach this technique, it takes much practice to gain perfection during and after the learning process.

This particular dent required pressure to be relieved below the outside edges (crowns). As we released the pressure, the crown would become weaker and more manageable. If we tried to knock down the edges before pressing, we would create “tap down” pits which can actually create the repair process become more messy. We did not use a glue pull method because at the time, it was not an option. Either way, the crown and trapped pressure would need physical behind the panel pushing.

We used about 2-3 tools to push the dent out. One in particular was the the soft tip from Ultra Dent Tools. Beware though, a soft tip is not the answer to all big dent repairs. It should only be used to start a big dent to release pressure and then change to smaller and more accurate tool tip. We explain in detail about this in our Basic PDR Line Board Manual.

Dents are becoming more bigger and complex because how thin the gage of the sheet metal has become. A simple door ding caused from the same impact 5 years ago will now create a silver dollar or bigger dent on todays vehicles. Metal becomes more stretched and deeper with lighter vehicle sheet metal.

Advanced PDR training has become more of a need to cater to the big dent repair market. Dents are not getting any smaller and big PDR dent repair is becoming a rapid growth to learn for all PDR technicians. There seems to be a shortage of door dings and a public demand for cost-effective big dent removals without visiting a collision center. PDR (Paintless Dent Removal) is slowing transitioning in to “PCR” (Paintless Collision Removal).

Advanced Paintless Dent Repair/Removal Training PDR

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Although this diagram demonstrates a tactical way to remove a big dent with paintless dent repair, it is highly recommended to get professional one-on-one PDR training to gain the fullest benefits.

This PDR dent was attacked using a glue pulling method and finished off with lots of crown work and precision pushing with steel rods. We would like to stress, there were many steps between the photos to get this dent completely out. A big dent like this requires high experience and patience to get satisfactory results. We will in the future post a video of how much of a monster and challenging paintless dent repair this was.

Knowing how to remove big dents is all about knowing how to finish. If you can’t finish a small pitted ding, you won’t be able to finish a big dent. Big dents have many elements that are involved in a repair such as; crowns, trapped pressure, knocking down, tool selection, where to start and how to finish.

If you have questions about advanced paintless dent removal/repair pdr training, please either visit denttime.com or post a comment and we’ll be glad to give some feed back.

Learning Paintless Dent Repair (PDR) isn’t Easy!

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Are you thinking of learning or training in paintless dent repair or removal? Have you been looking around and getting information and getting the REAL FAQ’s about PDR? In case you haven’t, we would like to inform you the real truth about PDR training.

As easy as paintless dent removal may seem or look, it’s not. Did you ever notice when somebody makes something appear so easy you think you can do it in no time? We thought so. That’s because it takes time and experience to develop such a skill. It’s the same with PDR. Not only does it take time to learn but more important, who you learn from and how much time you put in during and after your PDR training.

We here at Dent Time we know the many pitfalls and deceptions of paintless dent repair training. Our topic has multiple meanings about PDR not being easy. Here are a few we will discuss.


#1 Choosing the Right PDR Company for Training

BEWARE! Many so called schools try to entice you with hotel packages, free lunch, giant tool packages and accessories (we’ll get to that later on another post). But what they really fail to concentrate on is the reason you’re there, and that’s good PDR training.

The Longer Your PDR Dent Training, The Better!

Time well spent is the essence. The longer you get to absorb what you learn the better your practice will become. Not to mention, your learning curve is much faster. Unless you are going to do advanced PDR classes, 4 weeks is the minimum you should take. Why you ask? Can you imagine learning years of experience from just one week? It’s hard enough to learn in 4 weeks let alone in less. You see, if you don’t give your self a chance to absorb what you learn, you’ll forget in the real world. With most schools, you are totally alone after you complete your course. Fat chance of you getting a hold of the instructor when you’re stuck too. There’s a lot to learn.

Get a Hold of the PDR Trainer/Instructor

It’s important you talk to the trainer or instructor before you actually commit your hard earned money. Bypass the sales person (Which should be a flag!) and ask for the person you are going to learn paintless dent repair from. This will tell you if they are really committed more than you! Ask lots of questions and we mean real questions.

Here are a few. Am I going to learn on all panels or just hood panels? Will I be working in the same environment/situation everyday? How much personal attention do you spend with me? How many people are going to be in my class? What is your success rate? Do you have other students that came from your school that can testify about your training? Do they have websites? Do you personally follow up on my progress after the training?

After asking these specific questions, you should have a good idea of what’s to come.

Later we’ll continue to post more topics about paintless dent repair training and interviews from other well respected PDR training companies.

Please feel free to ask any questions regarding your concerns and give opinions about this paintless dent repair/removal PDR training.

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Paintless dent removal is a delicate process and demands the best experience at all times. Dent Time offers true practical knowledge and takes tremendous pride in our work.

We have established a strong reputation for being the best at what we do. We don't cut corners when it comes to the integrity of your vehicle and more importantly the quality of your repair. Our service is fast, affordable and done right, on-site with a lifetime warranty and satisfaction guarantee. 1-858-699-2054

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