Glue Pulling Method of PDR
PDR / Paintless dent removal is traditionally repaired by accessing the rear of the dented panel in order to successfully massage out the dent correctly. But not every panel is accessible to the rear. In some cases we come up against panels that are ‘double skinned’ or ones that are completely sealed sections, adding to the cars structural strength such as the cant/roof rail. But even in extreme situations such as these, we are still able to provide a dent removal solution by way of applying a unique adhesive resin to the affected area. We do this using specially developed nylon tabs which draws the dent proud allowing us to then manipulate the panel back into its true form using a variety of hammer blending techniques. This type of repair technique is commonly used on vehicles with rear wheel arch dents, roof rail damage caused by large hail stones or from items being in proximity to the roof such as bicycle and luggage carriers.
This process of PDR has to be done with the utmost care and expertise whilst performing at the correct panel temperature, so as not to compromise the paintwork.
Dented roof rail
Nylon ‘tabs’ are attached to the dented area using a hot glue
The dent is lifted using a small spring loaded lifting tool
Another lifting option is the slide hammer. Depending on what kind of pull is required or which part of the dent you are looking to lift determines the correct tool to use.
The centre of the dent has now been raised significantly and will require blending into shape. We now have a proud middle section with 2 areas either side that are still low.
Blending the dent into shape
An hour later and having repeated this process many times, the dent has been successfully removed.
Some more glue pulling examples:
Peugeot rear arch dent (double skinned panel)
Glue tabs come in many different shapes and sizes and each one offers something different to the next.
Having repeated the process many times over approximately 1 hour the dent is removed.
Aluminium Jaguar bonnet. (Restricted access from the rear)
Placing the glue tab in the correct position in order to release the dent correctly is paramount. Panel temperature is also key when glue pulling along with how much glue is applied and how aggressive or delicate the actual pull should be.
In this case the dent was reduced by 75% very quickly. This then allowed the necessary clearance on the underside of the panel in order to massage out the dent in the traditional manner.
Dent removed successfully