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Does Paintless Dent Repair Work on Classic Cars?

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When it comes to car repairs, no one is a fan, no matter what type of vehicle they drive. The nuisance of constantly getting small dents and dings fixed frequently can be especially frustrating. However, no one finds car repairs more tedious than classic car owners. So much time and effort go into restoring classic cars, and having them repaired can be very costly. For this reason, classic car owners often go out of their way to ensure their vehicle maintains its pristine condition.

The good thing is that with advancements in car repair technology, repairing minor dents and dings doesn’t have to be a headache, even for those with classic cars. Paintless dent removal (PDR) is a newer method of repairing dents that can save time and money, as well as maintaining a car’s value. It’s an easier process that is highly beneficial to car owners, but does it work on classic cars?

PDR can be used on classic cars, but one criterion must be met – the paint on the car must be less than 60 years old. This is because newer paint with clear coat technology is more elastic and pliable, whereas older paint is more delicate and cannot be manipulated without damaging the surface. Many classic cars are restored using newer paint, so this is often not an issue. However, if you have a classic car with a paint job that is over 60 years old, it will likely not react well to paintless dent removal techniques.

What is Paintless Dent Removal?

If you’ve never dealt with dents or dings on your car before, you may be wondering what PDR is exactly. Though it is considered a newer method of repair, it has been around for many years now. However, not all technicians are skilled in paintless dent repair, so it is not always the go-to repair method for every shop.

The process of repairing dents using PDR involves the use of a special set of tools, and technicians need to be highly skilled to use them properly. Essentially, PDR experts will use their tools to carefully manipulate the vehicle’s body to massage the dent out, returning the metal back to its original form. They do this from behind the damaged panel so as not to compromise the paint on the exterior surface. However, as mentioned above, if the paint is too old and not pliable, even working on the backside of the panel to press the dent back out can damage the paint. In these cases, traditional repair methods will have to be used.

The Benefits of Using PDR on Classic Cars

Whether you have a classic car or a newer vehicle, PDR is the better choice, so long as it’s an option. Larger, more extensive damage, as well as cars with old paint, are not candidates for PDR. However, if it is an option, you should always choose to work with a shop that specializes in paintless dent removal. There are a number of reasons why PDR is the better choice.

Saves You Time

Paintless dent repair methods take much less time. Traditional methods involving sanding, filling, and repainting can sometimes take days or even weeks, depending on the number of dents needing repair. Whereas PDR often only takes a few hours. Of course, it still depends on the number of dents that need repairing, but as there is no need to wait for fillers and paints to dry, on top of all the sanding that has to be done with traditional methods, PDR really takes a fraction of the time.

Saves You Money

As fewer materials are being used to fix the dents, your overall costs are reduced. Additionally, the less time something takes, the less you will spend on labor costs. This is a huge plus for classic car owners, as traditionally, classic car repairs can cost quite a bit of money.

It’s Better for the Environment

PDR avoids the use of paints, fillers, and other materials that contain noxious chemicals. Breathing in the fumes from these materials is not only bad for technicians, but it is hazardous when they are released into the atmosphere as well. By simply using specialized tools to remove the dents and dings from your vehicle, PDR provides a more eco-friendly alternative to traditional dent repair techniques.

Maintains The Value of Your Car

This is the biggest benefit of using PDR on classic cars. As they are already older and have seen potentially years of driving and repairs, their value is reduced. However, most classic car owners go to extreme lengths to restore their cars and maintain their value, so it’s important to utilize repair methods that won’t affect the car’s worth. As paintless dent removal does not compromise the paint finish and does not involve replacing panels or compromising them with sanding and chemicals, it maintains the value.

Killa Dent Removal

If you own a classic car with dents and dings that need repair, the experts at Killa Dent Removal can ensure your pride and joy is taken care of and returned to you as if nothing ever happened. Our paintless dent removal specialists are highly trained to safely and effectively remove dent damage from your classic car without compromising the resale value. We provide fast and efficient high-quality repairs with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. For a FREE estimate, contact us today!


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Dents that are the size of a silver dollar or less in size can be done in less than an hour. Hail damage: 1 to 3 days. Large whopper dents: 1 day. Paint repairs: 1-2 days.
Sid repaired the hail damage on my truck, probably 200 or more dents in 2 days and the truck looks great, can’t tell there were ever any dents anywhere. He’s really good at what he does and everyone there was super nice. Seriously, if you get dinged up, Sid is the man, don’t even look anywhere else.  – Tim Edwards
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