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?
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.
Late last week, I took Josue with me to do some retail appointments. My goal was to test how he has improved during the last three weeks. His patience and calm personality has definitely paid off. He did a wonderful job removing a very hard dent near the edge.
Yesterday was Josue’s (from Puerto Rico) first day of his 4 week paintless dent repair training. It went well and smooth. Hardly wasted anytime on finding his tool tip and got right into deep ding removal. I know it’s still way early to tell how the overall PDR course for Josue will be but he’s got a real good feel for it so far.
For those that are following how Dan is doing with his paintless dent repair training, I have an update. Today was the official start of his third week of pdr training.
The first week we did a lot of ding removals. Some were easy and some were challenging. As I train Dan, I remind him that it’s all about the quality and he has definitely kept that in mind. His pushes are incredibly accurate without making irreversible mistakes like; paint cracks and guessing.
The second week was all about learning to control the tool tip and perfecting how to finish. PDR starts with a foundation and builds from there. I can not teach a student beyond the basics without them Knowing how to perfect the fundamentals of paintless dent repair. Learning the art of paintless dent removal starts from the basics of being able to read the line board, tool tip location, tool usage and developing muscle memory. All these factors when taught correctly build a good habit. Advanced paintless dent repair can not be achieved until the basics have been mastered.
Dan has made impressive progress thanks to his dedication and disciplined patience without giving up. Staring at a panel with lines going across the damaged area can take toll on a pdr trainee. As I mention in most of my articles or posts, pdr is not easy to learn but learning from the right instructor CAN make it all the better.
Today we had a great opportunity to work and train on a late model Mercedes Benz. Dan who did 85% of the dent. He started on this dent at about 10:45am and finished around 3pm. No lunch break in between, just a couple of small water breaks. Now I don’t starve my pdr students, it’s just we eat a big breakfast before we do pdr training.
Now the videos you are about to see are raw and unedited. Dan did most of this dent as you will see. We worked on hidden crowns, glue pulled, worked the body line, tapped down like about 500-800 times and crossed check like crazy.
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