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Old 09-06-2013, 02:55 AM
Lobo Lobo is offline
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Nothing like the metal on vehicles back in the old days. When I was 13 or so, I used to drive (like I stole it) my Dad's '48 Ford pickup around the farm and bounced it off trees a few times and never a dent, except once on a rear fender which I beat out with a hammer. Perfect! (Sort of), but Pop never knew.
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Old 09-06-2013, 09:44 PM
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Default Cheap metal and PDR repair

One reason that PDR (paintless dent repair) is so successful is that our trucks are assembled with "cheap"/thin metal. It allows PDR techs to push/pull dents out of the metal fairly easily. Much of what used to require body repair and repainting can be accomplished with PDR with no bodywork or painting.

We complain about the soft paint on our trucks, but it too is more pliable than the paint used in the "good old days". It allows the PDR techs to reshape the metal without the paint cracking.

Now about "orange peel". A PDR tech told me that "orange peel" is a PDR tech's "friend". One of the tools that is often used to level metal that has been pushed or pulled out is a nylon cylinder with a rather pointed tip. Yep, the result of using it looks a bit like "orange peel".

If you have bad stampings from the factory...That's beyond PDR. I've tried to have stamping errors corrected a couple times using PDR and it doesn't work.

Had a shopping cart incident just today. Sure am glad that I have a Ram with "cheap" metal. I know it can be repaired without any bodywork or repainting. In the "good old days", I would have had to live with that damn ding until I traded the truck.
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