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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).

Crowns & Highs – Paintless Dent Repair / Removal Training (PDR)

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Crowns and pressure releasing is one of the most important factors to understand and learn about paintless dent repair. It is also the most overlooked lesson during a trainee’s learning experience. Mainly due to not enough time during PDR training.

We show an introduction page from our Basic Line Board Manual regarding crowns. Not a whole lot to show but enough that you can tell what a crown looks like through our eyes and the line reflection. Our PDR training goes into depth about “identification.” If you can’t see it, how are you going to remove a dent completely?

In most cases, PDR techs who are not aware of crowns or simply don’t see them, end up forcing a dent to come out. Unfortunately, that won’t work. Instead the results are either a wave still visible or unwanted push marks. Identifying crowns and releasing pressure creates a smoother and faster repair which eliminates forcing a repair.

You must understand a dent wants to go back to its original shape. You just need to know why, how and where. Moving the board in different angles is one key but the details that are surrounding it is what puts it all together.

Our one-on-one PDR training explains in detail why you are missing what you’re not seeing. If you are already a veteran PDR tech, you may want to purchase the Basic Line Board Manual before taking advanced training? Although again, there is no substitution for personal and one-on-one PDR training.

Our pdr manual is designed to give you more insight which can make all of a world of difference. If you have any questions regarding PDR training or the Line Board Manual, please visit denttime.com

PDR Line Board – Paintless Dent Repair /Removal Training

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PDR Line Board – Paintless Dent Repair /Removal Training

What is a PDR Line Board you ask? Well it is a type of reflection (Striped Lines) used to read the damaged panel. Although it may seem intimidating, it’s actually not once you are properly instructed about how it works.

Common Reflections

We must make a clear statement before we go any further. “There is no such thing as one reflection more superior than the other.” There are several common reflections used such as Fog, Shadow, Pole with stripe, and too many others to name. The truth about reflections is how well can you read your own reflection? How well from the start when you were trained or when you get trained will be the most important.

Straight Means Fixed

When we teach Lines, we explain the use of the board in outside conditions. Why? Because in the real world, you won’t have a nice comfy shop to work in. How many indoor dealerships do you know? But back to the topic. Lines dramatically show signs of curvature but there’s a slight catch 22! You have to develop a trained eye. You can’t just pop a Line board on a vehicle and think you can distinguish what to do.

Line patterns is what helps you as a guide. a line that is pinched, panel is indicating a high spot or going outward. A line that is fat or wide, indicates the panel has a low spot or indentation. Simple to say but hard to practice.

To learn more about PDR Line Board Training, please leave a comment or visit Denttime.com for more information

Paintless Dent Removal at its Best San Diego

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When it comes to deep and complex paintless dent repair, Dent Time is the specialist. Removing a body line dent like you see above takes a lot of experience and skill. Please be aware, performing this type of repair is not typical for most PDR companies. This is a very difficult repair to achieve w/out disturbing the paint finish.

How did we really do it? A few things are involved. We use a special line reflection that gives us tremendous detail about the dent itself. Reading the line board is probably the most important factor why this repair turned out successfully. The reflection of the lines give distinctive patterns.

Tools. Special designed tools are used to gain access behind the dent. We also use tools that gently tap down the area of the panel that indicates high spots to help the flexibility of the paint.

Experience.

Over time one can build a lot of experience but pushing the envelope beyond what is possible builds skill and consistent results. We always are up for a challenge when it comes to complex and advanced paintless dent repair. Not only we perform it we teach the skill as well.

We encourage if you have some photos you would like to get an estimate for please click here and you’ll be taken to our main website.

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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