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PDR Nation – News Update 1

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PDR Nation InterviewOkay, what is this PDR Nation all about? Why would it pertain to you? The future of PDR seems to steadily decline. Not because the amount of PDR techs. It’s our actions, how we make decisions and the lack of structure and education.

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Marc’s PDR Journey

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Ever wonder what it’s like in a 4 week PDR training course? I can’t speak for all the schools but I can speak for my company Dent Time. I love to film what I do and film my students when I can. I was fortunate to capture Marc’s PDR training and thought it would be interesting to show how it went.

This video’s intention is to share how challenging PDR can be. It’s even harder when you don’t have a full four weeks and a full time instructor over your shoulder. PDR demands attention and you should too. I hear lots of stories and I mean lots of TRUE stories of my past students who went to other schools first and did not get what they paid for. Veteran PDR techs all know learning PDR takes time and good instruction from the beginning. If you haven’t chosen a school or course yet, please consider this video as a guide. You should compare what you will be doing to what Marc has done. Now granted, your training won’t be the exact but similar. Depending on your skill level and learning curve, students vary. What you can count on is consistent learning with good habits.

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PDR Finesse Tools ( review 1)

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Over the last few years, I have bought a few of PDR Finesse tools and thought I would give a review. I bought my first tool from them in 2009 and been buying more since.

My latest purchases were the adjustable door tools and fender lip tool. Before I ordered these tools, I had a student come see me to learn more about the line board reflection. He brought his own favorite tools and two of them were from PDR Finesse. I had a chance to check them out and really liked how they felt in my hand. Now I have some similar ones from Blehm Tools as well. But I can’t help myself, when another PDR tool company makes a great tool, I have to buy it, even if it’s almost the same. Notice I said, “almost.”

The finesse tool brand is built very well, rigid and strong. The tip of the tool is machined very nice with a sharp edge. I like sharp edges because it gives me an advantage when I am finishing my dents to pin point the last 5% of the pit.

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PDR is now PCR – Paintless Collision Removal

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I don’t know why I can’t control my passion for PDR? I should say, “no” to a lot of the beyond the “normal” dents. Fortunately though it seemed to pay off. People these days are on a tighter budget and looking to save as much money as possible.

Most people want to only fix their cars if they have to or it’s too obvious to live with. That’s why I believe our trade is raising the bar about paintless dent removal. PDR is now getting into the Paintless “Collision” Removal a.k.a. PCR.

I have a few reasons for doing big dents. Obviously the first reason is the money. But what really drives me to do bigger dents is the self satisfaction. Knowing I can do the big dents and finish… And it pays off.

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Body Line Dent Repair – PDR Paintless Dent Removal Training

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Here we have a fairly deep dent on the body line of a 750IL BMW. As you can see when you blow click on the diagram, you’ll notice the pinched lines above the center of the dent in photo #1. If you don’t release pressure off the crown, you are going to have a real hard time moving the dent.

The #2 photo you’ll notice the lines above the center dent are now straighter. Which indicates pressure has been removed. From here, we’ll work gradually push from top to bottom into the center.

As the we work the dent towards the center, the outside surrounding area will become tighter (Photo #3). We want to knock down the outside to help relieve pressure. This helps the flexibility in the paint so we don’t cause and cracking. Now it’s important you are very accurate pushing. A good idea would be to use some type of protection on the tip of your tool like tape or a plastic cover.

#4 photos shows a slight high and a low. You want to keep your dent always clean as possible before you work the center. (Some cases, you can work the center direct but in this case, the dent is too deep for this method) Make sure you switch sides between pushing and knocking down so you can keep your dent balanced and clean.

#5 This photo shows that we are close after repeating steps 3 & 4. Again we are always checking from one side to the other.

#6 The final step. Cross checking is important. Stand up and move your board in all directions to catch any curvature or fade that will indicate your repair. Clean and polish.

Now this is a real basic explanation of our PDR repair. With one on one training, you’ll have a much better understanding and grasp of this technique. For inquiries of PDR Training, please visit our main website. Or visit our official blog.

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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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