How Does Paintless Dent Repair Work?


When your car becomes a victim of dents and dings, where do you call? Who do you ask for advice?


Paintless Dent Removal (PDR) has been growing in popularity because more and more vehicle owners are finding it to be an effective and superior alternative to getting minor repairs done at a body shop. PDR offers more “bang for your buck” than traditional body shop repair methods and is a great way to care for the condition of your vehicle’s exterior. 

PDR has been performed in car manufacturing plants for decades, the technique became more popular in the early 1980s once PDR was introduced to North America. Since then, several local competitors have made some headway in the marketplace, but Transcendent Paintless remains the leading solution for Paintless Dent Removal on the Gulf Coast. 


Traditional body shop dent repair fills the dents in with paint or body filler aka BONDO, which is then matched to the rest of the vehicle’s exterior. While this process can make a vehicle look decent for a while, it doesn’t address the actual dent in a way that is a sustainable, long-term solution. It’s also time-consuming, expensive and can impact the re-sale value of your vehicle.

With Paintless Dent Repair, there are no fillers and there is no sanding. PDR is an environmentally friendly green repair method that restores your vehicle’s body to factory-like condition in a fraction of the time with better results. You keep you factory finish. PDR can be used to remove dings and dents from vehicles, as well as body creases and hail damage. Factories spend millions of dollars on automated robot machines that paint and cure the finish to an extremely high quality. This is IMPOSSIBLE to replicate in a local body shop. Joe Schmo painter at John Doe Paint and Body is no match for a robot. Watch a car be painted at the factory.

Each day, our technicians safely restore vehicles to their original factory condition without compromising a vehicle’s original painted finish. 

Read on to learn how Transcendent’s paintless dent removal process, which we have perfected as a family since 1995, works to restore vehicles to their pre-damage condition.


Assess the Damage

The first step to any repair process is to assess the damage. Where is the dent? How big is the dent? How do we get to the dent? After assessing the damage, and determining it can be effectively removed through PDR (as 80-90% of all dents are), we prepare the area around the dent for the repair. 

Gain Entry to The Dent

In most cases, PDR requires you to access the back side of the dent, which sometimes means carefully removing body panels, tail lights, or in some cases, interior panels. To perform PDR, you need a pathway to the dent. 

Once we have access to a dent, it’s time to perform the repair. This is where the many hours of training, patience and expertise of our trained technicians comes into play.

Get A Better Look at the Dent

Transcendent uses a special LED light board to give our technician a better look at the dent from their point-of-view. The board displays a shadow of the dent, telling us where to precisely place tools on the back end of the dent to push and massage the body back to its original shape. 

Apply Slow Pressure to Work out the Dent

Special tools are then utilized to carefully push and massage the exterior back to its original position. 

The PDR process can usually be completed with same day service, depending on a dent’s severity, and the results are incredible; even more so considering how non-invasive and quick the process really is. 

Transcendent’s method is often imitated, but never duplicated. All of our technicians are internationally certified by PDR Nation and participate in a rigorous in-house training course that takes months to complete. When you choose paintless dent removal from Transcendent Paintless, you know you are partnering with the most trusted source for PDR on the Gulf Coast. 

Want to see how paintless dent removal works with your own eyes? View the entire process step-by-step in this video: