What is Paintless Dent Repair?

Did a hail storm get the best of your new vehicle? Did a careless shopper let a cart hit your bumper? Did an inadvertent car door smack into yours in the parking lot? Minor dings on your car are not a safety risk, but if you love your car like the folks at Walker Smith do, they can be an eyesore. The good news: In most cases they are surprisingly easy and inexpensive to fix!

Paintless dent repair (PDR) is a simple technique when it is performed by professionals. We have special tools to help us gently press the dent out from the inside, as well as specialized equipment to smooth out the dent from the outside.

PDR is a great option if there is no damage to the paint. Because modern automotive paint is durable and flexible, damage to the paint is becoming less likely. Sometimes, the dents can take us a matter of minutes to a few hours to fix, depending on the size, shape and location of the dent. The bottom line, the quicker the fix for us is a less expensive fix for you.

While you might think of PDR as a potential do-it-yourself project, be warned that it is an easy job to mess up! If you press too hard or long on the dent, it can cause the metal to protrude out. This means that the metal is likely weakened and can potentially damage the outer coat of paint. Also, you must have the proper tools, which can be just as expensive as the fix.

You will be pleased with the result when you hire a technician years of experience in these types of repairs. If you are interested in learning more about our PDR services at Walker Smith, give us a call at 770-972-2972 for a free estimate.


Walker Smith Body Shop is a Snellville Body and Collision shop that has been serving Gwinnett County since 1969.