Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Franchise Don't Mean Better

I recently went out to do a customer who owned a Mitsubishi Eclipse. He had a crease dent that went through a body line on the rear quarter panel.

An experienced pdr technician understands access is almost impossible from the rear quarter panels. I was inspecting the vehicle and noticed underneath that there were recently drilled holes and 2 out 3 were not even plugged! One was somewhat plugged with some red looking silicone sealant.

The customer then stated he went to a competitor of mine (Who is a Franchise) and they drilled holes to access the dent. The only good thing is that they informed him but failed to tell him they didn't bother to plug the other holes.

I removed 90% of this dent without creating harm to vehicle. I used a glue pull technique that removes the dent from the outside. Body lines are very hard to do because it is one of the strongest parts of the vehicle which holds the most tension. As you will see in the video, it is only noticeable with the line board. The line board is extremely detailed and can show the most hidden flaws like it's being magnified.

My point is, if you think all pdr companies are the same, you could end up with not only an unsatisfactory repair but risk your vehicle being hacked up. Make sure you carefully do your homework and choose quality before a cheap price. If it sounds to good to be true, then it is. An experienced company like Dent Time is not the cheapest for good reason. Our customers understand that quality has value and doing things right are far more worth than cutting cost and risking a bad repair.

Please take some time and watch how this repair went.

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-- Myke Toledo

Sunday, August 15, 2010

4 week Paintless Dent Repair Training Video - Dent Removal One on One

When I was pdr training Dan Ontrop, I decided it would be very beneficial for everyone if I documented his 4 week paintless dent repair training. So I captured most of Dan's important part of his pdr training stages. This video jumps to almost the end of his paintless dent repair training and really shows what's involved.

I want to educate the public about how hard pdr really is. Why it takes more than just a plain desire before you consider making a career out of it. And it all starts (if you are committed) from where you train and how long you train. I believe 4 weeks is the best option I offer. It allows you to really grasp what habits you need to obtain to perfect what you learn. So much to learn and so little time. I've been performing paintless dent removal for nearly two decades and I still learn new things as long as I am willing.

With pdr, you have to have an open mind and go at a slow pace. Paintless dent removal is an art and if you don't respect it, it will kick your butt up and down. Oh and I did mention, it's not easy? Nor is it easy to teach. I too had to not only learn how to do pdr but understand how to teach the art because not all students are the same. Matter of fact every student is different and there are different techniques for training different type of students. My step father was an excellent pdr tech and one of the greats but he could not teach worth a lick. I guess that is what really taught me to understand how not to teach.

Between this article and the video below, I hope this really helps you get some insight about real one on one paintless dent repair training.  Go for as long as you can and check your market and see if it's not already saturated.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Reintroducing the Body Line PDR Training Tutorial

Lately I have been receiving some interest in regards to body line dent repair. So I wanted to personally go over one of my pdr tutorials that is in depth in regards to the procedure, tools and technique. Below is a video about my thoughts and what you would expect. It's actually one of my personal favorites because I knew how bad it was to struggle with body lines. It's not one of my fancy videos, just a good 26 page article with lots of diagrams and explanations. It's available for download for only $20 at You can also check out some free paintless dent repair tutorials at as well.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Be Scam Smart - Watch Out for Bad Auto Body / Bumper Repair

So you have a dent / scratch on your vehicle and been thinking of getting it done but it's a little out of your budget. You put it off until you can afford to get it done and forget about it. Meanwhile one day you go to the store and are approached by a stranger or two and they mention they can take care of the dent / scratch on your vehicle for $150. You kinda hesitate but before you can make a sensible decision, they mention they work for a legit mobile bumper and dent company and are doing it on the side to make some extra cash.

To make you feel even more secure, they give you a business card of the company they "claim" to work for and convince you they are legit. They become a little more forceful and you suddenly agree because of the low price and convincing statements.

45 minutes later, they say they are done and at first glance it may even look better but your vehicle looks like it has pin holes in it and perhaps bubble gum looking mud (bondo and primer) on the work area. Before you can say anything, they tell you it has to set for 24 hours and by tomorrow, just wash it off yourself or take it to a car wash and it will look brand new! as you second guess their statement, they become more forceful and a little intimidating while asking for the cash. You or the victim make a decision and it's either call the cops or give in and hope for the best.

Dent Time has been for years making this aware to the consumers this is happening. Don't ever trust anyone to work on your vehicle without proper identification, uniform and a work order. A work order ensures a bind agreement and proof of work. Never pay anyone until the job is completed to your satisfaction. And when in doubt, call the phone number and confirm their identity. Please visit our main website for legit and professional service. Thank you!

Below is a real situation how these men operate and in a rare occasion, they feel they are in trouble! Warning - explicit language.