Think, Grow, Educate PDR

Single Solution Theory


Single Solution Theory (SS)

Each dent is seen as a unique problem and the least amount of steps to solve that problem would qualify as a perfect repair. The single solution theory (ss) states that there is one perfect paintless dent repair (pdr) for every contingency within a dented structure. Read More…

What is Paintless Dent Repair?


If you have a minor dent or ding, for your car door dent repair, you may be eligible for a more substantial discount on your vehicle repair than you might have expected. The best-kept secret of automotive dealerships, rental agencies, and body shops since the mid-1980s, paintless dent repair may be right for your vehicle's outer shell reconditioning. The best way to find out is by sending a few images to a certified Paintless Dent Repair technician.

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Dentology: Rules For Mapping Microdynamics


What is Dentology?

 Dentology is a scientific method of removing dents from the painted surface of a vehicle. It is a branch within the auto body industry, with the goal of bringing a vehicle back to its original state using paintless dent repair tools and theories. Auto Dent Repair, saves bodywork time, lowers repair costs, and preserves the original paint of the vehicle, which is extremely valuable since the advent of CarFax and how auto body procedures have negative impacts on the price of a vehicle. It primarily deals with the removal of minor and major noticeable pressure blemishes or upward bracing pushes to the metal of a vehicle's surface: you would typically identify these in unsightly hail dents, door dings, creases, or other movements that disrupt the original version of a vehicle outer shell. 

These are truths that are set in the heart of every dent. Just like music theory uses scales, auto body paintless dent technician's use dentology.

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Never Purchase Dent and Ding Protection


Should You Purchase That Dent Or Ding Shield Program?

Hello, I'm a Paintless Dent Repair technician and I've "closed out" thousands of repairs, from all of the major dent and ding policies. Notice that I didn't say, fulfilled, I said: "closed out". That is because over 80% of those making claims are being denied for two main reasons.

  • One, it's not in the tech's best interest to fix the dent (No fiscal motivation to repair or deal with the paperwork).
  • Two, the guard plan, does not cover the damage, even for small dent repairs. Don't purchase a product that you don't need, from a third party that doesn't fix dents, for something you cant use if they did. Here are several major carriers to avoid: 

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Paintless In-House Guide


How to Go in-house with Small Dent Repair for Your Auto Body Shop or Dealership

Is My Organization Ready To Go In House To Lower Dent Repair Cost?

120,000$ is the minimum you should be spending on your current car door dent repair vendors, before even considering an in-house option. If your totals are not at least close to this figure, stop reading and close this article. It is a hard truth, but those that attempt to push past this fact almost always end in failure within the first two years of implementation. As a Business mindset, you're looking at this and thinking, "I can have cheap dent repair near me, by doing what I always do. This would be especially great for hail dent repair!" You're not wrong, but think clearly before just diving in.

*I can hire someone for 35,000$
*Send them to Paintless Dent Repair Training for 15,000$
*Purchase tools for 7,000$ 
*Then have a 35-50k, in house operation for my Paintless Dent Repair needs.

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The True History Of Paintless Dent Repair


Repousse and Chasing

Although Paintless Dent Repair (PDR) can tie its origins to Repose and chasing, which in antiquity can date its origins back to the 3rd Century BC with Gold, Silver, Copper, and Tin. We don’t see our current techniques being used until the 1300s in Florence. Respousse which in French means to “lie to rest”, “put back, or to restore” from Florence in the 1300s which was thought to have originated.

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First Movers Guide To Never Build Your PDR Company Past The First Stages


Paintless Dent Repair Companies beyond the Infancy State isn't tenable or a wise investment in the retail market.

The hard truth about trying to expand your small dent repair company and services. The natural progression of a technician in the infancy stages is to add players to reach a larger area of operations.The truth is, that there is a very good reason that most auto dent and ding operations never leave the infancy or adolescence stages. It's like trying to capture lightning in a bottle. Unlike other types of services or duplicatable services, the idea that mobile Paintless Dent Repair can be controlled, contained, and managed outside of the commercial realm may be a fallacy of the highest order. Wasting resources, time, and more importantly, growth in the areas that should be given priority, for future financial freedom. That is, assuming the “first mover’s” goal in this whole endeavor is financial freedom.

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3 Tactics Insurance Agencies Use To Cheat You On Auto Hail Damage

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ACCIDENTS HAPPEN — let's face it, accidents happen every day. Chances are, if you have been driving for 17.9 or more years, you have made at least one auto insurance claim (US Average). That means that if you were licensed around the age of 16, by the time that you are 34 you will have experienced at least one crash: at 100$ a month, you will have given your insurance company 21,480$ per accident. Insurance companies may sell you protection and make you feel that you are getting low rates, but they don’t make profit by paying for your accidents. They do so by getting you to pay for your accidents —in advance. There is nothing wrong with this model, after all it is the American way. However, when it comes time for them to write a check, they are built to reduce its size and impact on their losses, not yours. Here is how they do it with Auto Hail claims, assuming you have comprehensive.

1. QUICK SETTLEMENT CHECK — You walk outside and see hundreds of little dents all over your car, and everyone else's in your neighborhood, for that matter. You call your insurance company and get a claim number. You arrive at the catastrophe center, they quickly look over your car, without a reflection light and write you a check. At this stage you have two choices. First, you can pocket the check and mentally minimize the damage to your vehicle, until it comes time to trade it in or sell it. Second, you can take it to a bodyshop for repairs. There are some factors that will prevent you from choosing the first option; for example, you wouldn’t want to do this if you don’t own the vehicle, like a lease-turn-in. Regardless, when you bring your vehicle to a body shop your going to learn a new word, its called a supplement.

A supplement is simply the disparity between what the insurance company thinks the repair should cost, and what everyone else in the real world knows it actually costs. Skipping this step only exists for the people that take the first option. These are usually people who are from lower socioeconomic strata and simply don’t understand the actual value loss, they have experienced. To them this is a windfall of free money, but typically they are wrong. The value of their vehicle has been diminished significantly more than the check actually represents.

Conclusion: Dont cash the check or take your insurance companies word on their estimate. Rather, take your car to a reputable Paintless Dent Repair company for a free estimate. Even though your insurance company technically works for you, the roles have now changed. Previously they were trying to get your money and now you're trying to get it back, don’t side with your insurance company over the repair shop. If you have any questions or feel uncertain, simply talk to the repair facility so they can explain it. Often times insurance companies use hail matrixes from over 25 years ago, for a direct repair shop and try to apply it to today. Let the repair shop get what the repair is actually worth, this does several things. First, it allows the repair shop to pay their technicians a lot more for your vehicles repair. This almost always equates to quality and simply more room to spend additional time with your vehicle. Second, it will cost you more time, just be ready for it. Your insurance company will stall and want you to shop the prices around, this is often not in your best interest and quite frankly its not your job. Ride the storm out with your original shop, you’ll be glad you did. If they want more quotes, have them send technicians to where your vehicle is parked, your original repair facility.

2. NOT PAYING FOR ACTUAL LOSS — Your walking away from the Body Shop with the keys to you’re freshly repaired car and you feel great! Then you drive to a dealership to trade your car in and you realize you have lost 10-15% of your vehicles value. I know that 10% doesn’t seem like much, but imagine handing your insurance company 10,000$. Unfortunately, most policies do not cover you for loss of actual value from body work. This is why Paintless Dent Repair is so very valuable. Why does your vehicle lose value? Think of your original paint as your original teeth vs. dentures. Dentures are never as strong, last as long, or look as nice as your original God given teeth. Paint is the same way. This is not to mention, the body fillers, aftermarket parts, parts from junk yards, and dozens of other smaller things your vehicle now has glistening inside. The soul of your original vehicle has been affectively ripped out and put back together. Your car is simply worth less than it was. So if you don’t want your car ripped apart, go Paintless.

This is why you need to fight for Paintless Dent Repair, when or if you can. Most dents can be repaired but insurance companies are not willing to pay Paintless Dent Repair more than 60% of a Body Shop repair. So if it costs 1400$ to replace the roof on your vehicle they will only pay a Dent Repair company 840$ and not a penny more. They don’t really care that you will loose 10,000$ in the process, because they don’t legally have to cover that. However, if you fight for it and request the Paintless Dent Repair, you stand to save more than the entire repair for all of the panels affected combined.

Conclusion: You have far more power than you realize. First, you can demand original manufactures parts and should, if Paintless isn’t an option. Second, you can avoid almost all replacements with Paintless Dent Repair. That is, you may not have to paint anything at all and keep your original teeth.

3. CAUSING CONFUSION — I often call this victimizing the victims. Did you know that your insurance company cannot convince you to utilize the services of a collision center with which they have an agreement, or direct repair shop? However, they have many ways to ensure you do. If your insurance has an agreement with a bodyshop to feed them work for a 30% discount, where do you think that 30% comes from? Do you think that comes from the body shop’s share? After you stop laughing, realize that these two companies are working together to get your repair done as cheaply as possible. They can wrap it in all of the golden paper they want, but at the end of the day, you’re the one holding the bag. Protect your investment, because no one else will! Your insurance company may threaten you saying that they will not cover any variance or that your vehicle will now have voided warranty. Here’s a newsflash, your insurance company doesn’t warranty anything. The shop does! If you choose to use a shop outside of their network, you won’t be paying more or losing anything. In truth, you will be gaining far more, since you will now be the customer to the bodyshop vs. The bodyshop being the customer to its buddy against you.

Conclusion: Never use the shop your insurance company wants you to. Make yourself the customer of the bodyshop and demand OEM and Paintless Dent Repair when possible.

What is the absolute limitation of Paintless Dent Repair? Part One

This is a rough draft of the script I used to make the video. I plan to clean these up soon, but for now it's just a rough draft.

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Types of Paintless Dent Repair Technicians

Rough Draft: These were just my notes for the video

Understand that there are different types of Paintless Dent Repair Technicians. This will help you determine what you need and why the pricing that your getting is going to vary so much.

It should also be noted that the general development path for each of these categories

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How Does Paintless/ Dentless Dent Removal Work?

This is how Paintless Dentless Dent Repair Really Works

1. '''Direct leverage'''. Gaining access to the metal with direct force on the dent, from behind. This can be done behind your factory bracing, through sound dampening pad, and on body lines. This method traditionally requires removal and reinstallation of parts or the creation of access

and it works on metal, aluminum, and HHS.

2. '''Indirect leverage'''. Gaining access within the recess of a panel and using a bridge to affect the surface by creating a fulcrum.

3. '''Glue pulling'''. The process of pulling the surface of the damage with specially formulated hotmelt glue in conjunction with hardened plastic or metal tabs. Once the glue and tab are attached to the surface of the painted surface, it is either lifted with a slide-hammer or a mini-lifter. Typically, a slide hammer shocks the metal with a very strict upward jab, while a mini-lifter provides a more direct and slower progress upwards. The results will vary based upon the size of the tab, the type of glue that is used, and they type of puller used.

4 '''Tap downs'''. There are a variety of tap downs, but the most common are sharp to medium acrylic, which leaves light traces once the panel has been struck, but can easily be polished out. Medium aluminum which is used for more specific work. Sharp steel, which is used to slightly crush clear less that .5 of an MU which can be wet sanded out.

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Will Paintless Dent Repair hurt the paint on your vehicle?

The short answer is no, but the long answer is somewhat, but not any more than giving your vehicle good compound or wet-sand or washing your car when its really dirty.

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Autobody Metals and How it Affects Paintless Dent Repair and Pricing

This is rough draft material that I used as a general guide. I will update and clean this material up at some point. Right now my main focus is getting the many videos that I need out.

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Mathmatics and Dentless: Dentfix and Hail Dent Removal

“Of all the regular curves, spirals and helices are probably the most common. They are found throughout the natural world, in many forms, at every scale of existence….. It is clearly one of natures favorite patterns”

Wade, David. Symmetry the ordering principle, Bloomsbury, 2006. Pg28.

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