Paintless Dent Repair: A Green Alternative to Traditional Body Repair
Paintless Dent Repair is not just a better method of repairing small dents and door dings on your car--it's also better for the environment. There's a reason auto body shops are subject to environmental rules and regulations. Conventional body shops often use chemicals in their repair process, including paint strippers, degreasers, and fillers. The area then has to be repainted, which requires at least an enclosed area, preferably a specially designed spray booth, to contain the resulting fumes and particulates, and direct them away from the employees and neighboring buildings. Additionally, conventional body repair generates much more waste than PDR. Some of the waste may be considered hazardous, like empty paint and solvent containers, used paint thinners and cleaning solvents, and spray booth filters.
There is also a significant amount of non-hazardous waste generated, like tape and paper wrap that is used to protect the parts of the car that are not being painted. A body shop can also use a fair amount of energy in its day-to-day operation. Paintless dent repair is truly the closest you can get to the dent never happening in the first place. There’s no grinding, fillers, or primers used because your original factory paint is not disturbed which makes this a 100% green alternative to a typical repair. There are no problems with filler or paint shrinkage months after the repair, as is typical with some body shop repairs. Cost is also a major benefit of paintless dent repair. Repairs are typically between one-quarter to one-third the cost of conventional dent repair. Time savings is yet another advantage. Many dents can be fixed in less than an hour.