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Where to buy PDR tools

Recently, the paintless dent repair tool industry has become very exciting. The level of innovation has dramatically risen and the variety of new tools being released has rapidly increased. New materials, ideas, and designs have allowed dent repair technicians to drastically increase their speed and quality of repair. The following list includes some original PDR [...]

PDR Tool Review: Elim-a-dent 18 volt Glue Gun (Makita version)

James Lee has delivered another excellent product from Elim-a-dent tools. This cordless glue gun operates on 18 volt Makita power tool batteries. The design, build quality, and operation are all excellent. Dual Temp 375f High 325f Low LED indicator for Low High/Temp setting USB 2 amp output for charging usb 5v devices (ie. [...]

Tool Review: Mobile Tech RX (PDR estimating/invoicing software)

Dentmasters recently starting using Mobile Tech RX for automotive hail damage estimating after a series of severe hail storms damaged thousands of cars in the Washington, DC metro area. Check out my video review of the new iPhone version of Mobile Tech RX.                

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ASA and NAPDRT conduct aluminum PDR study

Any paintless dent repair technician or auto body man who has worked with aluminum knows it is a totally different beast than steel. Aluminum body panels have been used on certain luxury cars for decades. However, more and more cars are moving towards aluminum, due to its light weight and comparable strength to steel. Ford's [...]

By |June 8, 2016|Education, Industry Trends|
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How to get more individual retail PDR clients

When most people first learn paintless dent repair, they gravitate towards wholesale dealership and auction work, because it's quick and easy. Plus, the large volume of cars and not so picky customers allow a new technician to practice and improve his skills while learning the tricks of the trade. The next step for highly skilled [...]

Get ready for hail checklist: be a regional hail expert

courtesy of Ryan Hampton and the The Hail Company (USA) As a PDR company that focuses on a local market all year long, you already understand the daily struggles of running a business. When a hail storm occurs, these struggles are increased. Below is a checklist that can help you not only be prepared but [...]

By |February 19, 2016|Education, Hail, hail management, Marketing|

Building multiple profitable businesses and having fun with friends

interviewed and written by: Richard Routson Keith Starling is the definition of a young hustling entrepreneur. He currently owns and operates two successful cash positive businesses in Kansas City, Kansas. Each business was self funded and grew out of constant hustling, pure determination, and a natural ability to network and make friends. I recently had [...]

Mobile Tech Expo Tool Haul & Review

with: Richard Routson, Dentmasters (Arlington, Virginia USA) Wow, MTE 2016 was fantastic. What a fun and educational experience? For those that don't know, the Mobile Tech Expo is an annual conventional for individuals in the mobile automotive reconditioning industry. It is a great event to see old friends, network with like minded companies from all [...]

By |February 1, 2016|glue pulling, PDR tool review, Tools, Video blog|

A New Approach to Hail Storm Management, with Ryan Hampton

interviewed and written by Richard Routson Ryan Hampton has been repairing hail damaged cars for 14 years. Similar to other guys in the industry, Ryan’s paintless dent repair journey has been a long winding road of personal and professional growth. Those that know the talkative PDR networker now, would hardly recognize the timid quiet painter [...]

PDR Glue Guide: temperature range and strength

written by: Richard Routson, Dentmasters (Arlington, Virginia USA) Glue pulling has come a long way since the days of Walmart glue and clunky slide hammers. Traditional PDR methods have always been more accurate and much quicker than glue pulling. However, recent advances in glues, tabs, pulling devices, and techniques have lessened the gap. In the [...]

By |January 14, 2016|Education, glue pulling, Industry Trends, technology|