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Make the most of your PDR investment

Anyone seeking to boost the profitability of their workshop this year should look closely at the opportunities offered by good paintless dent removal (PDR) equipment, according to Eco Repair Systems.

The majority of vehicles that come into a bodyshop for repair have additional small dents, most of which could be dealt with using an effective PDR system such as Eco’s T-HotBox, alongside a good hand-held or portable PDR Light.

This allows repairers the opportunity to offer their customers a cost-effective option to reduce or remove them.

“T-HotBox offers a simple yet highly effective process for profitable reduction and removal of small dents, without the need for any painting or refinishing,” explains Eco managing director Trevor Ferris.

“We believe any experienced PDR technicians will quickly appreciate what T-HotBox can do and how to get the most from it. They will also understand its limitations.

“For example, its primary purpose is to assist in the reduction or removal of dents, particularly if they are small or soft.  On the other hand, it will not remove sharp dents and it won’t correct stretched metal, even on very small areas.”

Ensuring optimum levels of lighting is a vital part of the PDR process, in particular during the initial and final inspections. Eco’s range of cordless and plug-in reflective lamps are designed to be easily adjustable and to give wide and continuous light bands, while using only small amounts of electricity.

Eco’s tips for best PDR lighting

  • There are three main aspects to consider when setting up a light for damage analysis. This is one of the main problem areas for anyone new to this type of repair method.
  • Don’t place the light too close to the panel you’re inspecting. Make sure the light sits so that no part of a dent is in shadow. Towards the end of a repair, move the light further away as this will better show the general area and any imperfections.
  • Always make sure the light is parallel to the surface you’re repairing.
  • Change the light angle after you have completed most of a repair. This is because the dent can’t be seen completely from one side.

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