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Old 06-01-2006, 12:04 PM   #1
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Paintless Dent Repair

ok where do I learn how to do this?

This morning I picked up my car at Ray Catena here in NJ and they forgot to remove one of the two dings they offered to fix. I went back in pointed it out to the service rep and the 'ding king' looked at and said "ooops forgot about that one, give me the keys I'll have it back to you in 5 minutes"



Five minutes? Yep sure enough before I poped the cap of the free diet coke he was out front with the keys.
Hmmm let me see, Roughly $70 per panel and it took all of five minutes.
He did two panels and made $140 in ten minutes and sat around waiting for the next car.

Please respond where I can learn to do this for a weekend job.
I'll hang out at car washes and autocross races with my Paintless Dent Repair tools in the trunk.

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Old 06-01-2006, 12:12 PM   #2
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ok where do I learn how to do this?

This morning I picked up my car at Ray Catena here in NJ and they forgot to remove one of the two dings they offered to fix. I went back in pointed it out to the service rep and the 'ding king' looked at and said "ooops forgot about that one, give me the keys I'll have it back to you in 5 minutes"



Five minutes? Yep sure enough before I poped the cap of the free diet coke he was out front with the keys.
Hmmm let me see, Roughly $70 per panel and it took all of five minutes.
He did two panels and made $140 in ten minutes and sat around waiting for the next car.

Please respond where I can learn to do this for a weekend job.
I'll hang out at car washes and autocross races with my Paintless Dent Repair tools in the trunk.
Let's team up - I can bring an old pickup to ding the doors. You follow up and fix em!
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Old 06-01-2006, 12:40 PM   #3
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Ask Google and Ye Shall Receive:

http://www.paintbull.com

Training, tools and certification for PDR.

When you get your "kit" be sure and tell us the secret as to how its done.

BTW, the dealership's guy gets a lot less than the dealer charges and he doesn't work all day every day. He probably only shows up to each dealership once a month or less. It's not that lucrative.
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Old 06-01-2006, 01:00 PM   #4
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If you google "paintless dent repair" you'll see a bunch of training facilities. Last year, I expressed my interest to a friend in the used car business that I wouldn't mind learning PDR and it looks like the tools are relatively inexpensive. He told me that it was a technique pioneered by Mercedes and it's not as easy as it looks. Frequently, it requires an apprenticeship. Some dents are easily removed, such as the round, shallow dents on flat areas. Others require a trained artisan, such as sharp narrow deep dents on more complex surfaces. Sometimes to get at some dents, alot of the interior pieces have to be removed. A good PDR specialist tries to remove the dent without drilling access holes. A good PDR will tell you which dents won't come out right. I watched the dents being removed from a friend's Ford Focus last year and the PDR guy was working pretty hard, not work for a couch potato day in, day out. When finished, I was impressed. It's just one of those things that hard to master. Here in TX, the PDR guys hope for hail days.
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Old 06-01-2006, 05:02 PM   #5
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They all don't come out that easy. Paintbull was good (I took my interior repair training there) but they didn't get to learn as much as I did doing PDR with a private tech.

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