Techniques for Various Dent Types

As a paintless dent repair (PDR) technician, understanding the appropriate techniques for different dent types is crucial for delivering successful results. Here, we’ll explore PDR techniques for various dent types, from small dings to large creases, and provide insights into selecting the right approach for each scenario.

Small Dings and Shallow Dents

  • Push Technique: For small dings and shallow dents, the push technique is often the most effective. Use a PDR rod to gently apply pressure from behind the panel, working from the outer edges of the dent towards the center until the panel is restored to its original shape.
  • Glue Pulling: For dents in areas where access is limited, glue pulling can be a viable alternative. Attach a glue tab to the center of the dent, then use a slide hammer or mini lifter to carefully pull the dent outwards.

Round Dents and Hail Damage

  • Circular Push Technique: For round dents, such as those caused by hail, use a circular push technique. Start at the outer edge of the dent and gradually work your way inwards using a spiral motion. This method helps maintain even pressure and prevents high spots.
  • Tap Down Technique: If high spots occur, use a tap-down tool and a blending hammer to gently tap the high spots back into place, achieving a smooth surface.

Creases and Linear Dents

  • Linear Push Technique: For creases or linear dents, use a linear push technique. Begin at one end of the crease and work your way along its length, carefully applying pressure to lift the dent while maintaining even pressure.
  • Cross-Checking: Regularly cross-check your progress by changing the angle of your PDR light. This ensures that you’re maintaining the panel’s original contour and not creating additional high or low spots.

Large or Complex Dents

  • Heat and Cold Application: For large or complex dents, applying heat to the affected area can help soften the metal and make it more pliable. Once the dent has been repaired, applying cold to the area can help the metal return to its original shape and strength.
  • Multi-Tool Approach: Large or complex dents may require the use of multiple PDR tools and techniques, such as a combination of glue pulling and push techniques. Always assess the dent and select the appropriate tools and techniques for each specific scenario.


Understanding the appropriate PDR techniques for various dent types is essential for delivering successful results in paintless dent repair. By mastering these techniques, you’ll be better equipped to tackle different dent sizes, shapes, and locations with confidence and precision.

Always assess each dent carefully, choose the right tools and techniques, and continuously refine your skills to provide exceptional PDR services to your clients.

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