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Paintless Dent Repair / Removal PDR Training – Mercedes Body Line Dent

Mercedes Benz Deep Paintless Dent Repair – PDR Training

Post from Dent Time blog

When I saw this dent and I knew I had to at least take some photos and document my PDR process. I never get tired of taking photos of my work. Besides, it’s really not work. To me it’s having fun doing what I love. Paintless Dent Removal has become my passion behind marketing my passion. I also train PDR personally as well. From beginner to advanced, I share my passion and devotion to paintless dent removal and the auto reconditioning market.

Now enough about that. Let’s briefly talk about this dent repair. It is quite intimidating indeed for any experienced tech. Although if you are an experienced tech, that feeling only last briefly until you begin to perform the job. Tools were essential. Wrong tools, wrong results. Although it takes more than tools to gain good results. A little patience, correctly reading the board and of coarse… experience.

I used a bladed shaved door tool (Ultra Dent Tools) to do most of the dirty work. I also used a knock down from (Dent Craft Tools) or (Dent Gear) to remove the crowns and highs. Now I can’t just rush into the center. If I do, I will cause an oil can effect and then it will be a done deal, game over. I work from the top, then tap. I use this technique back n forth and switching sides in between so I keep the dent balanced.

Little by little within two hours, I have completed the job. No sanding, painting. Just one happy customer and a little satisfaction.

If you have questions about my PDR repair, please feel free to comment. You can also visit my official web site at DentTime.com

For a local PDR technician near you, vistit ReconExpress.com

Dent Time – Explains Basic Body Line Paintless Dent Repair Training

Body Line Dent Repair – PDR Paintless Dent Removal Training

Here we have a fairly deep dent on the body line of a 750IL BMW. As you can see when you blow up the photo by clicking 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 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 the main website. Or visit their official blog by clicking here.

The Future of Mobile Auto Reconditioning – Where Are You Going?

The question really depends if you are in the wholesale market or the retail market. Or even both? Both can be profitable markets but in our opinion the retail side seems to be the better future of the two.

Wholesale Automotive Reconditioning

Lets talk about the whole sale first. No matter what service you provide such as; paintless dent removal, bumper n scratch repair, touch up, wheel repair and so forth, it’s a hassle to service the dealer accounts. Why? Well for one reason, you have to deal with all the competition. Whether your competition is good or not, that’s a different story. The real problem is the low balling. Unfortunately, the wholesale market is flooded with all kinds of companies like that. The only people who are benefiting from the price wars are the UCM’s (Used Car Managers) and dealership owners.

Wholesale can be though very profitable. Though this really depends on the UCM’s business manor. How loyal he/she is, respects good work and retains the best vender he/she can get. But for the most part things change quite often in the wholesale market. Be prepared because the delaerships and wholesalers are always thinking of ways to save money.

A Personality

Mainly it’s your personality that keeps you in the door. I know plenty of companies who really aren’t that great at what they do but they have a nice personality. I believe there are some main reasons why a UCM will keep you and here are some; #1 A good personality, experience, dependability, quality and unfortunately the most important, is price.

Price plays the most important factor with the wholesale market. UCM’s don’t have much concern for perfection, “just make it look better so we can sell it”,  attitude. What they don’t see right away with this attitude is that it invites lazyness from his or hers venders. Which then costs them money in the long run because soemthing that would have normally been done by a vender is now passing up. Which in turn ends up in the body shop or some other costly option. You heard the term “buy cheap, buy twice?”

Either way, you won’t win the price war. You’ll win a few battles but it’s never ending because it’s been in existent since mobile auto reconditioning came about. I have been personally serving dealerships for over 17 years. Just like anything else that you are good at, it’s an art.

The Retail Market 

This is probably the most rewarding of the two markets. It’s not all fun n games though. It takes a lot of work and creativity besides physical work. A smart business plan with organization and a good marketing strategy will eliminate a lot of mistakes.  Just like anything else, you have to work at it. There can still be competitors who low ball but there are a lot of customers out there who care more about quality rather than price.

Your future is bright if you believe your experience and quality has value. The moment you play the price war, you should think about getting into a different career. There are two levels of service; The high end market and the low end market. Which one are you? Once you believe your service has value, your customers will too.

Boulder, Co Mobile Paintless Dent Repair / Ding Removal (PDR)

Dents By Hand PDRHigh Quality Mobile Paintless Dent Removal / Door Ding Repair / Boulder, Colorado

Dents By Hand literally is what it means. Michael Hand who is the owner/operator of his successful PDR company in Boulder Colorado has been a well know icon in the PDR business for years. One of the first PDR companies to demonstrate how PDR is done through video on his website. From hail damage to minor dents, Michael Hand demonstrates consistent quality through out his career.

One of his other talents are combining his techniques with his camera. He produces professional PDR training videos with Tom Price (click here for link PDR Coach) that help assist other PDR techs gain techniques and help their learning curve. Although Michael and Tom both agree it’s not the answer to learn PDR altogether but it’s the answer to learn something period. From access points to estimating, the videos can help any PDR tech, newbie or veteran learn a thing or two.

His average PDR repair usually takes between 30-60 minutes for few dings or small dent and 45-90 minutes for multiple and bigger dents. Contact him today for your over the phone estimate at 303.245.9500.

For a PDR company in your local area, please visit ReconExpress.com

North County – San Diego Paintless Dent Removal – Bumper Repair

San Diego High Quality Mobile Paintless Dent Repair / Removal – Bumper Scratch Repair – Wheel Repair

San Diego Auto ReconditioningIf you happen to be in the North County – San Diego area and are in need of dent, bumper, scratch or wheel repair, then you have no worries. Dent Time of San Diego – North County offers professional mobile service to your home or office. Since 1991 Dent Time has been performing these type of repair from classics to exotics. Trusted by many such as Symbolic Motors, North County BMW, Mercedes Benz Auto Body (Penske) and just to name a few.

Dent Time also offers high quality mobile wheel repair. This service is performed at the home or office as well for curb scrapes, scratches and polishing. Bent wheels are taken back to a shop and straighten. Usually within 48 hours or less, the wheel is returned back to the owner.

Dent Time makes it easy to get a quick quote as well. Simply email them your photos to denttime at gmail.com (We broke it down so the spam would not see it)


Serving the following areas in San Diego and North County;

San Diego; La Jolla, UTC, Del Mar, Carmel Valley, Rancho Santa Fe, 4S Ranch, Rancho Bernardo, Rancho Penasquitos, Carmel Mountain, Poway, Scripps Ranch, Sorrento Valley, Mira Mar, Mira Mesa, Santee, Tierra Santa, Mission Valley, Fashion Valley, Linda Vista, Clairmont Mesa, Kearny Mesa, North Park, Hillcrest, Downtown, Sports Arena, Pacific Beach, Mission Beach, Old Town, University City, Kensington, College Area, La Mesa, El Cajon, Lakeside, Spring Valley, National City, Chula Vista, Bonita, Imperial Beach, Lemon Grove, Coronado.

North County : Solana Beach, San Marcos, Encinitas, Del Mar, Carlsbad, Oceanside, Vista, Escondido, Fallbrook, Bonsall, Leucadia, Cardiff, La Costa

If you are not in San Diego and are interested in Auto Reconditioning, click here on ReconExpress.com

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