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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.

Single Solution Theory Has 10 main areas of Study and multiple blocks within each. This is the first 1/16th of the first block within 101.


#1 Always move the largest possible amount of metal at once (SS)#2 Open up extremely sharp damage to prevent cracking.#3 Heat metal and Paint to improve ductility#4 Always use the best tool for leverage and accuracy#5 Always consider at least three access points regardless of RNI#6 Never repair large dents, break large dents into smaller dents.#7 Know to what level each small dent dent must be repaired and in what order (CBS)#8 Know the original setting you are trying to achieve (IDC)#9 Always consider the lowest topographical area of a dent and how the surrounding metal will be affected once pushed.#10 Know the gauge, type of metal, paint, and clear-coat microns.

Single Solution Theory 101

SS assumes that although there are many ways to a perfect repair there is a superior solution and that solution is coupled with the least time taken to remove dents. At its core it states that the lowest number of pushes and pulls is always the most correct solution: there is a mathematically perfect computation for every manipulation contact, while reversing the origin. 

First Tenant: Minimum Manipulation Contacts (MMC)

The first tenant of the single solution theory is minimum manipulation contacts. Minimum manipulation contacts (mmc's), is a core tenant that states the minimum amount of times a technician needs to adjust a panel is the most perfect repair. It can be reduced via mathematical calculations for each mmc made. This means that there is a perfect computation for each mmc towards a perfect, pre damage, repair. There is a single solution with the least amount of contact with the panel and it is the perfect one. This is the goal of every technician and this realization is what separates mediocre technicians from advanced ones. 

 Second Tenant: Initial Duel Condition (IDC)

The behavior of the metal can be determined by its initial duel condition (idc). The first initial duel condition being defined as the panel in its factory setting; with the second condition being after the dent has been created. Together these form idc1 and idc2. The goal of every dent repair is to effectively take idc2 and return it to its factory setting or idc1. Once the panel has been taken from the dented phase to the factory setting, is has reached its exhaustive contact (ec). Exhaustive contact assumes that there is a perfect stopping point once the panel has reached its factory setting. With these concepts we can start to determine rules.

Third Tenant: Connected Balanced Stages (CBS)

When dealing with macro damage it is necessary to work large portions of the panel in connected balanced stages (cbs). Dent repair technicians do not fix large dents, they make large dents into small dents, and repair those. However, it is essential to work each section with similar contacts until the repair is complete. 

Rule#1 Make large dents into small dents and repair them in equal stages. 

Interstice is the process of opening a dent to push the bottom out, also commonly referred to as "opening the dent". The interstice process will increase the size of the dent to prevent a clavis within the panel. Clavis is the latin term for locking, which is exactly what happens when you do not release the metal through interstice: this common error is called "crowning the origin". 

Rule #2 All repairs must be balanced and foresee any issues that may clavis the panel and crown the origin.