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Can You Repair Crease Dents with Paintless Dent Removal?

If you’ve ever returned to your parked car only to find a new dent, you’re not alone. Research shows that about 60% of car owners claim their cars have been damaged while they were parked. That seems like a large number to us, and it also seems like a great reason to park in the least congested parts of parking lots. 

While scratches and minor dents are annoying, more severe dents and creases can be a big hassle. So can crease dents be repaired using the paintless dent removal (PDR) technique?

The short answer is yes, most crease dents can likely be repaired using PDR. However, it’s essential to understand that fixing a crease presents a unique challenge compared to repairing a standard dent.

The Challenge of Fixing a Crease Dent

When you have a crease in the sheet metal of a car, it’s not as simple as popping the metal back into place. A crease is a sharp fold or bend in the metal, which means the metal has been stretched and deformed in a way that makes it more challenging to restore to its original shape. Repairing a crease dent often requires the skills of an experienced and highly trained PDR technician. 

Assessing the Damage

Before attempting a PDR repair on a crease dent, there are a few key factors to consider:

1. Paint Condition: The first step is to check if the paint is intact. Cars have a clear coat that helps protect the paint from minor damage. If only the clear coat has been affected, PDR may be an option. However, if the paint itself is scratched or cracked, revealing the primer underneath, traditional body shop repairs may be necessary.

2. Dent Depth: While PDR can often repair deep dents, excessively deep creases may be too severe for the technique. The goal is to push the metal back into its original, flush position, which becomes increasingly difficult as the dent deepens.

3. Access: For a PDR technician to work their magic, they need access to the back side of the dent or crease. This may require removing panels, trim pieces, or other components to gain the necessary access to the damaged area.

The PDR Process for Crease Dents

If your crease dent meets the criteria for PDR repair, the technician will use a range of specialized tools and techniques to massage the metal back into shape. This often involves using various rods, picks, and hammers to apply strategic pressure from the backside of the dent, gradually working the metal until the crease is eliminated, and the surface is smooth once again.

While the process may sound simple, repairing a crease dent requires patience, skill, and experience. A skilled PDR technician can often restore a creased panel to a like-new condition, saving you the time, expense, and hassle of traditional body shop repairs.

If you have an unsightly crease dent on your vehicle, we hope this helps you understand that it’s possible to get it fixed with PDR. If you need paintless dent removal for your car or truck, please get in touch with us today.