Wednesday, December 9, 2009

New Glue Tabs Product for Paintless Dent Repair / Removal (PDR)

We were recently sent some Atlas glue pull tabs to test out in the field and let me tell you, they work awesome. I was very impressed with the face of the tab let alone the unique hex head shaft as well. I have worked with other pdr glue tabs including; Tiddy Tabs, Tomco, Keco and Worth tabs. All very well made tabs but the ease of use and durability says a lot. Atlas tabs don't break pre-maturely and very easy to clean. Unlike other tabs, you have to pick the glue out if you don't clean them right away after a pull. Who has time for that when you are in the middle of an intense repair?

Anyhow, we give the Atlas glue tabs a 2 thumbs up! You can visit AutoLecture.com for purchasing and more info as well.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Dent TIme Greatest Dents (Part 1)

I decided to put together a quick and easy video slide show together. I was looking through my past repairs and thought I would put together some of my favorite pdr dent repairs. Each pdr repair has a little story about it and I learned a ton from each one of these repairs. The ones that look less complex were actually the most challenging and some were definitely as hard as they looked.

Check out our dentrepairsandiego.com site as well as DentTime.com. Take care1

Friday, December 4, 2009

PDR Company In Toronto, Canada Removes Unauthorized PDR Video

Well as expected, the company who illegally used my video footage as their own pdr video, responded and removed it from their website and youtube channel.

I am glad they chose to go about the situation smoothly. That being said, this post is now officially squashed. I appreciate the personal feedback others had given me. Hopefully someone will not be so brave and do something like this again.

Look out for some new and interesting videos coming late December and even better stuff in 2010! Happy Holidays everyone.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Caught Red Handed - Fraud Company Caught Using My Video

Well, this is simply over the top. A so called company posts a pdr video on youtube (dentrepairman.blogspot.com) is pretending they did the work done by myself and my trainees earlier this year.

Talk about stupid. The dent I did was not by any means easy and not hard to miss. So why would anyone claim this was their work besides myself? What a complete IDIOT! Here is my original post The REAL AND ORIGINAL POST in June 26th.

So what am I going to do about it? I will give him 24 hours to remove the video from his channel. If he does not, I will produce the most embarrassing video about fake pdr companies claiming they do original work. My personal opinion is that it;s not worth jeopardizing your own reputation by riding on someone others.

If you don't see the video anymore, then he removed it. If you still do, then you know he really doesn't care and runs his business the same way.

Chad from Japan Comes to Visit (PDR Japan)


One of my good friends from Japan comes to visit who owns and operates www.pdr-japan.com
I only had one day to spend with him because of the holiday of Thanksgiving. We did some filming photo shoots about paintless dent repair training. He plans on giving pdr training classes in Japan and inviting me to instruct them. That would be awesome and I look forward to the near future. Thanks Chad for the quick but fun visit!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

4 Week PDR Update - Mitch Hawthorn

Mitch is technically in his second week and doing awesome! My specialty teaching my students is how to be patient and remove dents clean. No pock marks, micro cracks or sanding allowed. Not once has Mitch broke paint or made a dent worse. Here is a photo gallery I started from his first days of paintless dent repair training till current.

4 Week PDR Training Ride a Long - Week 1 Mitch Hawthorn

Lately I have been doing lots of training and it has been hard for me to post often. So when I get a chance, I like to post what I think is important. Especially to those who are interested in pdr training. Again, paintless dent repair / removal training is not easy to learn. And if you don't have the patience in general, then save yourself a lot frustration and don't get into pdr. I don't mean to discourage you but there are too many so called schools out there who promise the world but in the end, say, "you got to practice." But if you leave confused and not making progress, then how can you measure what is right and what is wrong pdr training? This is why I am posting real people with real experiences.

Anyhow, now that I put my two cents in, here is a quick video I did with Mitch Hawthorn who is attending my one on one pdr training. Through out the month you will see updates and his progress. Please email me if you have any questions or simply comment below.

Thanks!
Myke Toledo

Sunday, November 8, 2009

New PDR Paintless Dent Repair Show Series - Dent Time Ride-Along

Lately we had an idea to do a video series for our viewers and potential people who are considering paintless dent repair training. We thought it would be helpful to let the public see how pdr really is behind the scenes.

I try to talk about the job before I arrive, give some tips and justify certain techniques and prices. Each episode will be definitely different and unique. Mainly hard and complex dents and also exotic vehicles as well.

This particular pdr job was very complex because how stretched the dent was. Location was not fun either. There was an inner structure that allowed very little tool access. We obviously used the glue pull technique to remove half the dent and crease. The hard part was recreating the curve of the fender. Although it looks pretty decent, there was still a slight flatness. I always want to shot for 100% but in some and rare cases, there are incidents where there can be limitations. Unfortunately there are cases like this type of dent repairs. More important is that I always try. A customer always appreciates the effort and in most cases their expectations were surpassed.

Learning about different types of dents and access is an ongoing path. You never stop getting challenges. Unless you choose to. Anyhow, enjoy the video and we should have some new ones soon. Thanks!

Myke Toledo www.denttime.com and www.dentrepairsandiego.com

Monday, November 2, 2009

How Long Does It Take to Learn PDR?

How Long Does Paintless Dent Removal / Repair (PDR) Take To Learn?

The answer is.. your whole career. I'm not kidding either. Now I know that sounds contradicting since I train paintless dent removal on a professional level. Training someone how to learn pdr takes weeks to understand the technique but on the other hand, learning how to master pdr takes years.

I personally train most techs four weeks because there is a great deal to understand and this helps absorb good habits. It is almost certain you will NOT grasp pdr in a 1 week pdr training course (5 days). Now I'm not saying it's impossible but your learning curve doesn't begin to really develop until AFTER the first week alone.

However, patience is the key. If you don't have patience, you should not put yourself through a ton of frustration. You may not have heard this enough or not at all but learning pdr is very challenging to say the least. As much as pdr appears easy.. it's not. I've been told time and time again from my trainees, that learning pdr was the hardest thing they had experienced in life. Patience is always the factor when it comes to learning how to read the line/fog board reflection, tool pin pointing and eye-hand coordination.

Now going back to the question. You never stop learning as long as you are ALWAYS willing to learn. Huh, you ask? Let me explain. Vehicles change, sheet metal changes, tools change and life in general changes. During those changes, so should you by combining experience, technique and pushing yourself to just try. This is what we exactly preach throughout the pdr training course. It's important a well rounded pdr tech learns to change and adapt as time goes on.

Here at Dent Time we make a conscious effort to give our pdr trainees the most challenging experience possible. This helps develop the learning curve beyond the average training school. It is our policy we train our students individually to ensure a complete and well rounded pdr course.

For more info, please visit DentTime.com or DentRepairSanDiego.com

Thursday, October 22, 2009

I Love What I Do - That's It.


With today's fast changing auto reconditioning market, it's important I keep my website current for all type of users, visitors and potential customers. I have been working on the new Dent Time site in the back end (Not Released Yet) for awhile now and I think I finally like what I have been doing. Very dynamic but not as flashy as my current site. Functionality is my goal and not too busy.

My direction that I am going with Dent Time will be a combination of my other sites I have built. Training downloads, products to purchase, videos and a full paid membership page that users can watch exclusive videos about pdr training. I don't have a release date set yet. I know better to do that to myself.

People ask me if I have a team of people that create my websites, produce my videos, design my ads, do my marketing and run my company? The answer "was" yes 3 years ago. The answer today is NO. Why? Because nobody on a consistent bases could have the passion about how I wanted my company to look, act and represent better than myself. Now sure, I can still hire a team of people to take over my tasks of everything and give myself more time to just sit around and do nothing.. But it's not about that. It's about "I love what I do." I love to fix dents, I love to market my own company, I love to produce and edit my own videos, I love to create my own websites and I just love what I do.. PERIOD. I can't help it.

My belief is if you are not passionate about what you do in regards to any job or business you own, then get out. Your wasting your time. Learn to be creative, learn to learn and you will grow. A business is not just about making money.. it's only a tool. Until most people get that meaning, they will always constantly battle the up and down motivations. You just have to ask yourself one question.. Do I love what I do?

Thursday, October 15, 2009

DMV.com Adds Dent Time Blog to it's Website

We are very proud to announce the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) requested if they could add our auto reconditioning blog to their website. We naturally said yes and it is official.

Our continued effort to make this the most interesting automotive reconditioning blog on the planet is getting there. Although it is just myself, "Myke Toledo," I try to find the time to post things that the public and other companies care about. What's new, tutorials, how to, repair jobs and what ever else that is relative to the automotive paintless dent removal and bumper repair industry.

You'll find our link on the DMV website under the directory and listed with the "automotive blogs."

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Dent Time Testimonial / Review - Paintless Dent Repair

A new customer of our found us on Youtube and called to have his car dent removed on his pretty new Mercedes Benz. It had two creases, one above the left rear door and another deeper crease on the left rear quarter panel. Both dents took about an hour and a half. Mainly the one above the door because it was a glue pull technique.

Our company Dent Time offers the most highest quality paintless dent repair and door ding removal service in San Diego County. We are a dedicated team who accepts nothing less than perfection. Please if you have a camera phone and would like the quickest estimate possible, test your photos to our local number at 858-699-2054.

Thank you!

Dent Fox - Quick and Easy Estimate / Quote System for Paintless Dent Repair / Removal (PDR)


If you are a pdr company and get random emails usually without the info you really need to give a proper quote then maybe Dent Fox is for you. This fantastic estimating system makes it easy for your customers to understand and fill out. It's also cutting edge and very professional to say the least. Giving your potential customers without a doubt, a unique experience while setting your company apart from the competition.

It's perfect for someone who may not have a camera or even worse who might be a little lazy and doesn't want to bother taking a photo. Or how about if a customer calls you and say they will email you a photo and don't? That's lost business. Dent Fox helps prevent just that. With easy to follow diagrams and instructions, your customers will actually have the choice to use the estimating system, email a photo or both! No lost customers, no worries and no excuses. Just a fast, fun and professional pdr estimating system that gets the job done in a hurry without worry.

It's easy, it's fast and it works! Try Dent Fox today for free and see how it operates. You will be amazed.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

New Mobile Paint Scratch Repair Video - Mercedes Benz

I created a new mobile paint scratch repair video for our San Diego sub division, Bumper Time. It's purpose is to demonstrate the capabilities of how well auto scratch repair can be performed mobile through Bumper Time. Our professional mobile units service all of San Diego and North County. From minor accidents to key scratch repair, we do it all on site and done right.

These convenient mobile paint repair services are usually performed within 2-3 hours at your home or workplace. No inconvenience and no hassle in regards to bringing your vehicle to a shop.

Our master paint techs are I-Car certified with years of experience in auto body and paint repair industry. Not to mention, we guarantee a factory computer color match guarantee with a written lifetime warranty.

Please call us direct for a free phone quote or there are two other option to get a fast, free and accurate quote.

- If you have a camera phone, take a couple of photos and text them to 858-699-2054 or email them to bumpertime@gmail.com

Check out our amazing paint / scratch repair process below and see why Bumper Time is the leader in San Diego mobile auto body and paint repair.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

PDR Glue Pulling Video Reaches over 100,000 Views

We never knew this paintless dent repair video would be so popular on youtube. I feel as of today we have much more interesting videos but who am I to judge?

This dent did indeed take awhile because of the deceiving sharp crown at the top. I used a special light to demonstrate the reflection. Half shadow and half lines.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Bumper Time Site Gets a Make Over.

Hey what's up everyone. Getting back in the swing of things and we are up to bigger and better things. I have new videos coming out and new web sites! Oh our latest web site launch is BumperTime.com. Check It out!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Harley Motorcycle Electra Glide - Gas Tank Dent Repair - San Diego



Hello everyone again. It's been a busy week for me and challenging to say the least. Lately I have been doing a lot of personal training and that is a good reason I have not been blogging in awhile. But between training and actually doing some pdr repairs, I find the time to film and share my experiences. So lets get started.

OK, well this was a Harley Davidson - Electra Glide motorcycle tank that obviously had a nasty dent. I always say almost every dent is challenging but it's true, they are! If I feel the dent repairs I perform are not challenging then I guess I would have been out of the business altogether a long time ago. I also like to be challenged because then I am not bored with what I do. I feel once there is no room to grow, it's time to move on. With PDR, there are always new challenges as long as you are willing to accept them. But I guess that is true with real life anyways? But back to the topic.

Motorcycle tanks vary in thickness and contours. But those are just a couple of factors to consider. Depth, access and location are the most significant. Next comes experience because when the gauge of the metal is thick, it makes it very difficult to find your tool tip. And this tank was all about that! For the first 30 minutes I struggled to find my tool. The next challenge was keeping my tool tip balanced from the backside. Why? Because when the metal is crease deep, it creates a ridge or mountain on the inside. I had to pinpoint my tool exactly on the peek to get it to move. In most cases I was slipping and I mean a lot. Between myself smelling like a greasy mechanic that took a bath in fuel, I managed to have some success... eventually.

My advice to anyone attempting a Harley Davidson gas tank dent repair is be prepared for a battle. Bring a lot of soft tips and stiff tools. Also it wouldn't hurt to go to the gym and work on your deltoid and biceps for additional natural strength. You'll need it.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

San Diego Bumper Repair - Bumper Time New Site

As always we are always working on new projects. Our current project is for our Sister website called BumperTime.com. We hope to complete the site before November of this year.

We will be adding new videos, photos, news and tons of good info about the industry. Bumper Time Inc. is a San Diego independent mobile bumper repair company specializing in small, minor area repair technology. Also know as "SMART" repairs.

So keep on the look out for updates soon!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

New San Diego Dent / Bumper Repair Site Looking Good


We are always pleased to show how well our new site www.DentRepairSanDiego.com is coming along. We added some cool gallery effects that don't take up a lot of space. Click here to see what we mean.

We redesigned how to present our before and after shots as you see above. We hate just having a simple here you go look at my repair shots. So we spiced our (PDR) paintless dent repair photos and made it look a bit more interesting.

Here is a shot of a very unique Ducati chrome motorcycle gas tank. This was one of our sharpest and deepest dent repairs we had performed in San Diego.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Mobile Auto Body Shop On Wheels - New Bumper Repair Video

San Diego Bumper Time - I just finally got around and created an updated video for our other sister division BumperTime.com. I added a new intro I was working on and to say the least came out pretty decent. I wanted to do a quick informative process video to help our customers understand the bumper repair process.

Obviously bumper repair is a little time consuming and not just a wham, bam and we're done service. Our qualified technicians thoroughly pay close attention to detail. Which means we stand behind our craftsmanship. Bumper Time guarantees a factory computer color match along with a written lifetime warranty.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Sarasota Florida -Mobile Paintless Dent Repair / Removal - Dents Now


If you happen to be in the Sarasota, Florida area and are in need of a very good paintless dent removal or ding repair service, then call Dents Now. Mike Mezzano who is the owner, offers professional mobile service to your home or office. As you may have read in our previous posts, paintless dent repair (PDR), is a proven method that removes your dents and door dings without using paint or fillers. Most dings and dents are removed within 1 hour, not to mention saving the resale value of your vehicle.

So if you want to instantly restore your vehicle's appearance without spending a fortune, then contact Mike Mezzano (Official Website Dents Now) at 941-525-6800.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

What Matters Most? Quality or Price?

It's hard to be aware that auto reconditioning is a skilled trade and takes a lot of experience to gain outstanding results. At Dent Time we take great steps educating our customers that in most cases, if you "buy cheap, you buy twice."

Unfortunately most people want the cheapest repair but at the moment, not concerned with quality. Just because you shop around for the best bargain doesn't mean you will always get the best repair. Paintless dent removal (PDR) or bumper scratch repair is not like going to the store and buying a gallon of milk. Every repair situation is unique and requires independent skill and expertise. That is why there are so many price differences between companies and the biggest difference is quality. The lack of overall experience and caliber in the end will show unpromising results after your commitment has already been made.

At Dent Time we stand behind our work 100% with a written lifetime warranty as well. But that is not the main factor. Our service has great value besides the guarantees. We offer professional mobile service, performed in the same day (1-4 hours to be exact) and save you lots time and money.

Moral of story, if you plan to choose Dent Time, the overall value you will receive is more than you paid for and won't have to worry in the end.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Paintless Dent Repair / Removal PDR 4 week Training Curriculum


I finally posted on my website the curriculum (Bigger if click on link.)that is involved in a 4 week paintless dent repair training course. Later on I will post a 2 and 3 week pdr training curriculum. But as for now future students can get a real good idea what's involved in the 4 week course.

I posted this curriculum for 2 reasons.

#1. So you can have at least a point of direction what to compare. Unfortunately, you won't learn what is in our curriculum with just 1 week training and this is crucial. The real world awaits after you go to school. Just make sure you were taught real world dents... not dings.

#2. It's always important that a student should know what to expect to learn. To me, I see our students maintain focus and push themselves through a faster learning curve. If the students don't have a visual about their lessons, then their readiness might not be as focused.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Spring Valley Customer - Harley Davidson Gas Tank Paintless Dent Repair / Removal

Spring Valley, San Diego - Removing dents on a motorcycle gas tank is like Forest Gump says, "It's like a box of chocolates and you never know what your gunna get." In my own terms, how it's going to turn out. Usually in the first five minutes I can get a read about a few things. #1 I will have a nice repair and it will come out smoothly. #2 It will come out but not without a fight. Or #3 It won't come out at all.

Gas tanks can be one of the most challenging dent repairs to perform. Obviously there are factors before you even begin.

#1 How deep is the dent? Depth and sharpness play a roll on any type of dent removal and this sure was no exception.

#2 Getting to the dent. Access is definitely the challenge because there could be a baffle blocking access or the neck around the collar is too long that doesn't allow leverage.

#3 How thick the tank really is. This particular gas tank was real thick and I almost gave up. Access was not a problem just pushing on it was. Thick gas tanks get you to doubt where your tool tip really is and almost show not flex in the metal when applying pressure. This was the most difficult of the repair process.

But I have to admit this repair did not come out perfect. The metallic in the paint clouded out as I pushed. This is caused because the metallic simply was stretched in and when stretched back out, it turns a cloudy looking effect. Color sanding helps reduce this somewhat and in some cases removes it all the way. But don't count on it all the time. Heat does seem to help though in some cases.

Bumper Repair New Intro (Rough Draft)

We are currently working on a new bumper repair videos for our sister division BumperTime.com but needed to create an intro. This is the rough draft so far.

We're excited because we have some real informative plastic bumper and key scratch repair videos coming out soon. As always we want it to be interesting and not just another bland bumper repair video.

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Saturday, August 1, 2009

Body Line Part 2 Trailer - Download Out Now

Well folks, we finally completed the body line tutorial part 2. The reason I say part 2 is because it is a spin off from the M35 tutorial that was real successful and we received a lot of positive feed back. So there were some questions from the first and I decided to do another one like it but with me narrating it and animating the important parts you should see and take note.

This paintless dent repair tutorial is considered an advance dent repair but all are welcome to purchase if your curiosity sees fit. If you are a beginner, I am not saying it won't help you but it is best if you go in sequence. Start from the first Episode 1 and follow along from there. I try to keep my tutorials balanced for all types of pdr techs. Beginners, advanced and those who really are curious about the line board the benefit it offers.

I am trying to make this as simple as possible. Now simple is never really used in pdr because it isn't. My point is that how I explain the process. But don't worry, I have plenty more video tutorials coming out. Episode 2 should be coming out soon for download and you won't want to miss out on the knock down technique.

Anyhow, the download is available for $25 and well worth it. Here is the direct link (download info) and as you notice, here is the trailer of the advanced body line part 2

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Paintless Dent Repir In Japan

I am currently helping a friend launch a campaign in Japan. It's called PDR Japan. I will be taking a trip to Japan hopefully late winter or early spring and introducing the line board to different pdr techs and companies who want to expand their skills and experience in the art of paintless dent repair. I am currently working on a new video intro for them and I think they will like it, heck you might too.

Monday, July 20, 2009

PDR Episodes 1 - Learning the Line Board, Paintless Dent Repair / Removal - Tool Tip Location

Ok everyone, we are once again releasing a few episodes about learning the paintless dent repair technique with the line board. Our first episode 1 is about finding your tool tip and how to identify the characteristics of the lines.

Our next episode 2 will entail knocking down properly and identifying what to knock down and the proper tool to use as well. This episode will not be free though. It will be released for a $20-$25 download and the release date is early August. You can check out a list of our resource sites that have the coolest and most up to date paintless dent repair news regarding, training, tools and downloads.

-AutoLecture.com
-ReconExpress.com
-SOSDent.com
-SOSCarRepair.com
-DentRepairSanDiego.com
-DentTime.com

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Watch Out for Dent Repair Scams

Here is a video story regarding dent repair gypsies claiming they can repair people's vehicles correctly. Unfortunately this woman got scammed. David from SOS Dent lets the lady explain the incident on camera and then shows the correct repair process how they fixed the dent the right way.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

New Dent Time Introduction - Paintless Dent Removal & Bumper Repair

We have been working on new videos regarding training, dent removal and bumper repair. But as always we wanted a new introduction. This a just a sneak peak of what is to come regarding our new video line ups.

PDR Videos

We are in the post production stage performing dent removals on a Lamborghini, and fender dent on a Scion TC and a couple of other dents.

Bumper & Scratch Repair

We are also in post production demonstrating a bumper repair on a Bentley and key scratch repair on a Mercedes SL 55 AMG.

But we just don't want to throw videos out there. We are very picky about the appearance and overall editing. We want you to stay interested, educated and entertained as well.

Next Projects


Our next project and very "out of the box" video will be called "Dent Bots". You'll just have to see what we mean early next year. Meanwhile check out our intro and feel free to comment.

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Friday, June 26, 2009

Giant Crease Dent Repair / Learn to Glue Pull with Dent Time

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Learning how to glue pull with paintless dent repair is not all that bad but knowing how to finish is the hard part. There are a lot of things to consider or understand what is not seen in the demo here. One thing is all the crowns (high spots) you have to tap back down. Mainly I use glue pulling to cut back on the pushing part and to release trapped pressure that would otherwise take much longer to do.

The lighter the metal, the more time consuming and tapping you will do. When I train my students, glue pulling is one of the main topics I teach in regards to bigger dents. Glue pulling is mainly a tool but not the answer all the time for dents. I do however know a few pdr techs who atually are quite good at glue pulling. We do agree though, if you can get to the dent with a tool, traditional pdr is obviously faster. But when it comes to bigger dents, glue pulling to a great side kick for pdr.

This dent was performed and taught at a dealership. Unfortunately this dent was not removed 100% but you can be the judge on how well it came out. I can tell you though, it sold with no customer complaints.

If you are interested and seriously considering pdr training, give me a call (Myke Toledo) direct at 858-699-2054 or visit my new web 2.0 website

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Bentley Bumper Repair Video Coming Soon

Lately I finally had the chance to shoot some bumper repair videos. I have another division called "bumpertime" that obviously specializes in plastic bumper repair. We also offer mobile body and paint repair as well.

Anyhow, I filmed about 4 bumpers in 2 days and wanted to step up my videos for the bumper repair division. Below is just what it looks like. A black Bentley GT convertible coupe. Oh yes, I said black. Black shows everything unfortunately but this bumper repair came out really well. This clip is not the full version but we are just getting the post production started.

For anyone interested in our mobile bumper repair and want to know how much is cost, please visit our newer website www.DentRepairSanDiego.com
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Sunday, June 21, 2009

New Download Dent Repair Tutorial Preview




So one of my many requests I am asked about is the body line dents. To be honest, between body line dents and creases are almost neck and neck. Both are complex and both can be even more complex if it is real deep.

In this paintless dent repair technique through an animated tech article, Basically, through a video. This is a preview of what it looks like but with full animation and myself narrating. I explain a detailed process with the type of tools I used and why. I also talk about crowns, releasing pressure, and the line process.

I don't have an exact release date but it should be by the end of this month or early July. Meanwhile, take a look at the preview and comment as you want.

Friday, June 19, 2009

PDR Advice - Push Yourself to Perform Better



Well , here is a dent I recently did about two weeks ago. I filmed it and it came out pretty decent. I never promised my customer a 100% repair but I knew it would be about a 100% better than the before. Besides, that is always a rule of thumb. It's not an excuse not to perform a great repair but instead enhance the expectations of the customer in the end. In other words, don't over promise your customer.

This post is not just about the results of a dent repair but understanding that not every repair you attempt (not matter what experience you have) you may not always get it out perfect or close to. The important thing is that you try 100%. Your effort alone will reward you in the future even if you feel the job was not worth charging for.

Discipline Yourself

Consider advertising public you don't charge if your customer is not happy with your results. If you really want to stand out from the rest, advertise you don't charge if the customer can still see it. Your game will step up believe me. You don't want to work for free but you should not settle for "good enough" either.

Obviously if you are upfront before you start a repair, the customer understands you will do your best and as long as you meet their expectations or beyond, you will continue to grow as an experienced pdr technician.

In general, every pdr tech has their moments. But don't settle on "labeling" yourself as one type of pdr tech. You either know how to remove all type of dents or you don't. In the past there were a lot of pdr techs that limited themselves as "I just do door dings" or "I just fix dents on top panels." No those techs are either starving or out of business. The more well rounded you want to become, the more business opportunities you will have. If you are afraid of the bigger dents, then get help and take the step to grow your company and your personal pdr skills. It won't hurt, believe me.

Well, I'm Myke Toledo and hope this post was helpful. If you have any comments, please let me know. I'll be glad to answer.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

New PDR Paintless Dent Repair Downloadable Tutorials / Video Pod Cast

I have several tutorials coming out in July. I have been working like a dog, promoting, producing and taking care of the family in between. Lately I ahve finished up some tutorials for download. They will be available through Autolecture.com and reconexpress.com as well.

I have some ideas on the next ones but if you are willing to comment and give me some ideas what you would like to see, please do. I will pick one of the people who comment and do a segment on it as well.

I ahve also been working on some podcasts as well. I talk about useful tips and techniques and demonstrate which tools help me remove dents easier and faster.

Well hope most of you enjoy my blog and I'll try to keep it interesting as possible. So have a great weekend and may all your doot dings and things... be little ones!

Sunday, May 31, 2009

M3 PDR Training Dent Repair Tutorial - Paintless Dent Removal

What's up everyone. I through a little highlight of this M3 BMW dent repair video I did recently. This dent was extremely deep and and on the verge of "No Can Do" due to the location and depth. There were 3 things that made this dent extremely difficult. Depth, location and type of dent (crease).

To an ordinary person, the dent is obvious but beyond obvious, it has a crease inside the dent that went across the body line. I needed to use heat. Oh and yes, even us Cali pdr techs use heat even with our sunny weather. Always pack your heat! Heat gun that is.

There were some details about the tools used and tips used to remove the dent but I will ad that on my dvds coming out this winter. I hope you like and please leave a comment. It lets me know what you like and don't. Take care and enjoy the video.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Body Line Dent Repair PDR Training - Part 3

Alright everyone, I was recording Alex's progress in regards to performing high quality paintless dent removal with body lines. I don't give out details about my process how I train but you can definitely see his progress through the video. This was the beginning of his 3rd week and he's doing amazing. Both him and Fotis are establishing themselves as future premier PDR techs.

The hardest thing about learning how to remove body line dents is keeping your tool tip accurate. If you make a miss-push, then you have to correct it. Don't let it get out of hand. My training is known for clean and symmetrical repairs that have not pock marks, micro cracks in the paint or looks messy.

Alex and Fotis were taught this technique the first week. The second is perfecting and well by the 3rd week, you can see the results yourself. That's why 4 weeks is always the best way to go for really grasping and understanding the full nature of the PDR repair process. Meanwhile, take a look and you'll see what I mean.

Stay tuned, we have more to come...

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Friday, May 8, 2009

Door Ding Removal PDR Training - Part 2a PDR Greece Students

I am going a little backwards on the training or shall I say updates. This video was showing Alex's first real attempts at typical door dings. Not bad for learning the line board, tool tip control, working against a brace and keeping the panel free of pock marks or micro cracks.

Since then, Alex's progress has been very fast. Today, (not shown yet) Alex showed great poise and accurate tool tip location which will be his next video clip we will show next week.

Fotis, is also showing tremendous progress and doing very well on soft dents that have hidden crowns. Both students again are expected to achieve high marks by the end of the pdr training course.

I always mention, the longer a trainee can stay, the better. There are some very important reasons why too.

-improves technique into good habit
-absorbs what is taught and given enough time to understand the full process.
-so much too learn in such a short amount of time.

Now there is no way we can teach everything to a student in 4 weeks, but we sure can guarantee our students develop accurate and successful techniques that will help him/her become a well rounded PDR technician. From deep dent removals to glue pulling, we get you prepared for all situations. Side panels, hoods, access areas, indoors and outdoors, we do it all.

So if this sounds interesting to you, please stay tuned and check out our blog or subscribe and stay updated automatically. Thanks for reading!

Myke Toledo

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Thursday, May 7, 2009

Deep Center Pit PDR Dent Repair Training: Part 2

A deep ding repair is probably one of the most difficult and frustrating things to learn when it comes to learning paintless dent repair / removal.

My Greek students Alex and Fotis are doing great. We have been currently working on deep body line dents as of now but this clip shows the progress and repair "Fotis" did early on Monday. This was originally shot in HD but I had to compress it so I could upload the file.

Fotis is the one you see removing the deep ding and later this week we'll have Alex's dent repair shown. So stay tuned and we'll keep you posted on their progress. Great Job Fotis! video

Monday, May 4, 2009

PDR Training Students From Athens, Greece Part 1




Ok I have been quite busy lately training two fellas that are from Athens, Greece. They are here for the 4 week course and already on the sixth day and are making extraordinary progress.

As of right now we are in the deep ding / dent removal process. This involves precise tool tip placement, patience and acute hand-eye coordination. This type of dent is very challenging because of a center pit. The center pit needs to be worked out a certain way or it will over stretch, have miss-pushes or simply turn into a disaster.

I will have some footage of their progress and will post here exclusively which will not be seen anywhere but on my blog. The first photo is one of the guys named "Fotis" and he's very quiet, patient and funny. The other great guy is "Alex" who is a strong willed person who is determined to succeed and stays persistent, not to mention very funny as well. Both guys have great characteristics and drive to develop into high quality pdr techs.

It's so important when it comes to PDR training that you come with an open mind and drive. I mentioned to Alex and Fotis that paintless dent repair will be very challenging and test their patience and emotions before they ever got on a plane. And so far, learning pdr has already pushed them into new limits. I knew they were serious about learning and so far, they have taken their lessons well and I assume it will continue throughout their training. As I mentioned, I will take some video of their progress and post here tomorrow and try to update once or twice a week.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Full Version Bentley Dent Repair Video / Glue Pull

Hey everyone, I finally finished cutting my own video. I have been busy creating a lot of other companies video and had a quick chance to work on my own. Anyhow, here is the finished PDR glue pull Bentley Brooklands dent repair.

I was in a hurry to finish the video and did not specify the time. It took about an hour to repair. I had to be very accurate with knocking down so I could avoid tap down pits. All in all, it came out very well. I hope you like my sense of humor as well. I like to bring my childhood memories into my videos once in awhile.

So if you happen to be a Bentley owner and are in San Diego, Orange County or LA, give us a call, we'll be glad to remove your dent without removing your paint. Contact us at 800-420-DENT(3368) or email us from our website at www.denttime.com

Friday, April 24, 2009

Bentley Brooklands Dent Repair Glue Pull Video Trailer

Well, I'm almost done editing this Bentley glue pulling video. I don't just like to slap videos together and say here ya go. Sorry if this was too much of a tease but I can at least say the results were pretty good.

I really did not want to glue pull this Bentley but they said honestly they were going to send it to the body shop anyway if it did not work. Well fortunately the glue pulling pdr method was a success and you'll have to see the reults later when I finish the post production.

Anyhow, take a look and watch what I have so far...

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Work Smarter, Not Harder. Paintless Dent Repair Pricing

Unfortunately during these times it seems to some the smartest thing to do is lower your prices. But realistically it's the worse thing you can do. If you plan to stay in business for a long time, certainly during your career you understand your time and experience has some sort of value. If you believe your service has value, so will your customers.

Lowering your price is only a short term fix and not a permanent solution. Not to mention, you could end up starting a snow ball effect and you and your competition will be in endless price war. Instead, promote your service as a product, not just a plain ol' auto recon / dent company. Besides, auto reconditioning is suppose to be convenient and affordable.. not cheap.

Customers rather have paid a higher price for a quality service, than a cheap and low output service. So the next time you want to charge lower because of the following; I'm not good enough to charge higher prices, I want to undercut so I can get the job, my time has no value, my experience is not worth it, I'm not confident. Then it's time to get out of the game. Don't contribute to the newbies and uneducated so called companies. Work Smarter.. Not Harder.

My famous words are always.. "Buy cheap.. buy twice."

Bentley Brooklands - Glue Pull - Paintless Dent Repair / Removal


I know it's been awhile since I posted on my blog but I have been quite busy behind the scenes. Between web site design, video promotions and training - I have been quite buried. Anyhow, I had a great opportunity to perform a glue pull on a beautiful Bentley Brooklands.

Not only did I work on it, I filmed it! And it was kinda scary as well. Working on a 3ooK plus vehicle and not really knowing for sure if my glue puller was going to pull more than just the dent..
Well fortunately it did not. I came out very successful and the dealer was very pleased too.

I don't have a release date when I will be showing the glue pull video. Heck I haven't even started the post production. My future Dent Time PDR videos will also include; A Lamborghini Gallardo and another Bentley Flying Spur with crease damage.

So if you are in San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles, San Francisco or Las Vegas, give us a call at 800-420-DENT(3368) or visit our official site at www.denttime.com

Saturday, March 21, 2009

New PDR Tool Product - The Ultimate Glue Cutter

I used this glue cutter to cut through that tough hard glue on a BMW 3 series last week and boy did it work well. Super sharp teeth that can easily slice open your hand, so be careful and place it away from your normal grab bag or tool case. This tool needs a special area so you don't loose a finger!

For a glue cutter, it's a little pricey but way worth the struggle and frustration you save when releasing the braces that cause the dents to stay in. I have almost busted my knuckles using other glue cutters but compared to this ultimate glue cutter, I can't complain one bit.

Here is the video about the product and you can purchase the product from AutoLecture.com



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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Line Board Video Training Tutorial Part 2

OK everyone, here is another free demo I did about the line board and how I remove the common door ding w/out over pushing and creating a high spot.

Always keep your dent clean and manageable. The more accurate your pushes, the less you need to knock down. Now that's not always true for deeper dings and dents. Most likely you have to over push to completely remove the center pit out. There's more to that but you'll have to wait until I finally get around to finish editing my dvds. Or you can purchase the manual I have for sale at AutoLecture.com

Anyhow, take a look and watch the video. Please post your comments. I would like to answer your questions and perhaps do a requested dent and film it.

Scoin TC - Paintless Dent Repair / Removal PDR - Stretched Dent


Here's a dent I did with one of my really good technicians Eugene Baek. This dent was way stretched than we anticipated. The metal was very soft and hard to manage. One of the key things was to use a knock down that was not too sharp. Basically use a soft tip knock down or a cherry rubber tip to remove the crowns without putting tap down pits.

There was a lot of trapped pressure too and with the sheet metal being so soft, it would not cooperate very much. You really have to look for hidden crowns way on the outside of the dent. This is where it's locked. If you don't know where to look, you'll have the utmost hardest time getting rid of the dent.

Anyhow, this is how it turned out. Not 100% but pretty close.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

PDR Line Board Light Goes to Prduction - Dent Repair Tools

If you have been following our blog, you probably noticed we use a line board reflection on all our paintless dent removal PDR repairs. Well now we endorse the DT (Dent Time) Lighted Line Board. So many people and technicians ask us about them and where to find them. You can now purchase them from AutoLecture.com (PDR Tools, Products & Accessories) and have one just like ours.

The lighted line board is perfect for on the go PDR techs and who like to use lines or simply want to cross check their work with a different reflection. Watch the video for more info and visit AutoLecture.com for more info and pricing.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Chevy Nova SS Paintless Dent Repair / Removal Deep Ding


This dent was very deep indeed. No heat was used but I would recommend it if you were any where else besides sunny San Diego. For those who might not know nothing about paintless dent removal, heat is used the warm ip the panel so the paint becomes more flexible when we push.

So anyhow, I used a very sharp tool to push up and then knock down. This process was repeated back n forth for about 45 minutes. I won't get into too much detail about the process but I took a few photos to document the pdr repair.

Anyhow, I hope you like the cool ride! It's rare to work on these type of vehicles these days that were built well, not to mention pushing on real metal.

Take care!

Auto Lecture - Reveals New Paintless Dent Repair Light (Flex Light)


Well if your in the market for a snazzy new PDR light, then check out Auto Lecture's new paintless dent repair / removal tool product called the "Flex Light".

This 12 volt lighting system has many features that make this a stand alone pdr light. One thing for sure that stands out is the Flex Tube harness that is tremendously strong but easy to position. What also makes this light unique is the pivot ball and joint that allows the light to smoothly rotate in almost any direction as well. And for travel purposes, this light breaks down in three places with quick release connectors from the base of the suction cup and pull away connectors from the power cord near the top.

So rather if you are working indoors, a traveling hail tech or simply would like a compact light for almost any use, then consider the Flex Light from AutoLecture.com

Monday, February 9, 2009

Podcasting is Under Way Dent Time

We are almost ready to launch a podcast series with ReconExpress.com and other auto reconditioning companies. Below is one of our players that will be showcasing our video podcasting that will feature many topics that will cover from paintless dent repair to bumper and wheel repair, marketing, news and more. We hope some of you out there will participate and give us your input and suggestions.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Body Line PDR Training Tech Article Book Available for Download


Well if you really want an in depth tutorial about paintless dent repair / removal training - then check out body lines and crowns. This training tutorial will give you what you want. Clear explanations, detailed diagrams and high resolution photos for ultimate clarity.

You won't be disappointed about sound advice when it comes to the pdr techniques that are explained in this tutorial. It's not just about how, it's about why. Which is a very important factor for learning anything.

You can download the 27 page pdr tech tutorial article from ReconExpress.com and check out what's inside for an in depth view.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

AutoLecture.com - Auto Recon Resource Center for Online Training, DVDs, Videos, Marketing


AutoLecture.com is set to re-launch new web site by late January. AutoLecture.com specializes in promoting auto reconditioning in regards to marketing, purchasing tools, downloading paintless dent repair/ removal tutorials and training dvds and even video production.

AutoLecture.com is about featured products and marketing aspects geared toward the auto reconditioning companies that want to excel in the retail world, while capturing different angles of the industry.

This is the only auto recon site that will actually help you create a professional web site, video or even customize a marketing campaign that works! Even if you don't need that particular help, there are other things as well, like products, tools and downloadable tech articles & videos for your purchase convenience. You can also video preview almost every product before you purchase as well!

We hope you'll check it late January and look around. We'll give a shout out soon as we're all finished.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

ReconExpress Launchs New Hammer & Dolly Tutorial Video














If you want to know more about the art of paintless dent removal then you will probably be interested in this downloadable pdr video.

This paintless dent removal video will show you from start to finish how to remove a deep center pit quickly. Using a hand dolly from the backside, Vince explains the hammer, dolly PDR process. His dent repair technique he shares will want you to try it the moment after you watch the video.

This video can be downloaded from ReconExpress.com