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Paintless dent repair (PDR) and paint repairs are two different methods for repairing dents in cars. PDR is a non-invasive process that does not require any paintwork, while paint repairs involve sanding and repainting the affected area.

Paintless dent repair

PDR is a relatively new technology that has become increasingly popular in recent years. It is a more efficient and cost-effective way to repair dents than traditional paint repairs. PDR works by using specialized tools to push the metal back into its original shape. This is done from the back of the panel, so the paintwork is not disturbed. PDR is a good option for repairing small dents that have not damaged the paintwork. It is also a good option for cars that are still under warranty, as PDR does not require any paintwork.

Paint repairs

Paint repairs are the traditional way to repair dents in cars. They involve sanding and repainting the affected area. This is a more time-consuming and expensive process than PDR, but it is the only option for dents that have damaged the paintwork. Paint repairs are also a good option for larger dents that cannot be repaired with PDR.

Advantages of PDR

  • Does not require paintwork
  • Quicker and more cost-effective than paint repairs
  • Can be done on cars that are still under warranty
  • Leaves the original paintwork intact

Advantages of paint repairs

  • Can be used to repair larger dents
  • Can be used to repair dents that have damaged the paintwork
  • Leaves the car looking like new

Which method is right for you?

The best method for repairing a dent in your car will depend on the size and severity of the dent, as well as the condition of your car’s paintwork. If the dent is small and has not damaged the paintwork, PDR is a good option. If the dent is larger or has damaged the paintwork, paint repairs may be the best option.

Here is a table that summarizes the key differences between PDR and paint repairs:

FeaturePaintless dent repairPaint repairs
Requires paintwork?NoYes
TimeQuickerLonger
CostLess expensiveMore expensive
WarrantyCan be done on cars that are still under warrantyNot possible but the repairer can offer their own warranty
PaintworkLeaves the original paintwork intactIf not carried out by professionals (like us) may damage the original paintwork
Dent sizeGood for small dentsGood for larger dents
Comparison table of paintless dent repair versus paint repairs

Speak to your local mobile paint repair expert

It’s best to get in touch with your local mobile paint repair expert local to you. At Dial A Dent, we’re based in Sevenoaks, Kent. We cover all of Kent and areas such as West Sussex, East Sussex, Surrey and parts of Greater London. To view a full list of areas to see if we can help you click here. We don’t just offer PDR and paint repair, we also offer mobile dent repairs, mobile scratch repairs and mobile SMART repairs too. We’ve got over 30 years of experience and have excellent reviews we’re proud of.