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Guest leonpdr2008

Hello I'm from sussex in the uk I've been learning pdr for about 4months now.I have done a course which was brilliant and I practise every day for at least 2hrs on a door and a bonnet.However I am finding it hard to bring up the last bit with the sharper dents any advice would be good.Also how long do you think I should be practising before I should be ready to start earning some money as I feel I have a long way to go yet,I'm looking for perfection so I'm not in any real hurry.

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Guest Kokomo Tint & Dent

Howdy. Good to see another pdr guy on here. My advice on the sharper dent would be use a sharper tool and tap down the dent edges to keep them level. Just don't peck at it and make high spots. As far as doing customer jobs, you can start whenever you want. Just be picky choosing only the jobs you feel comfortable working on for now. It looks like your on track so far. Good luck and feel free to ask whatever.

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Guest leonpdr2008

hello again,thankyou for the tip.I've been doing car body repairs for 20yrs and learning pdr is alot harder than I expected its nice to get some encouragment form time to time.I enjoy practising and have done a few dents for friends etc,which have turned out well.I look foward to the day I can do dents as well as the experienced techs as at the moment it can be very frustrating when its not going right,but I guess its part of the learning process.

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Guest madskills

hello, its great to hear you are looking for perfection. I remember many times that I had to walk away from my practice panel because I was so frustrated. I am a full time hail chaser and it still happens from time to time, only now I know that I can and will fix the dent. Finishing a dent is the hard part. Stick with it. Like Kokomo said, sounds like you're on track. Some more advice, if you are on lights, try moving them. Lower on the panel and farther back. It helps define the last bit of the dent. Some guys tease me because I work with my lights so low, but I do good work.

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Guest leonpdr2008
hello, its great to hear you are looking for perfection. I remember many times that I had to walk away from my practice panel because I was so frustrated. I am a full time hail chaser and it still happens from time to time, only now I know that I can and will fix the dent. Finishing a dent is the hard part. Stick with it. Like Kokomo said, sounds like you're on track. Some more advice, if you are on lights, try moving them. Lower on the panel and farther back. It helps define the last bit of the dent. Some guys tease me because I work with my lights so low, but I do good work.
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Guest leonpdr2008

Hello thanks for the tip about the light,its also nice to know its not just me that finds this skill hard to learn.I'm waitng for the better weather at the moment so I can get outside as I need to get alot more practice with a reflector,I'm starting to feel alot more natural with the tools and my confidence is improving little by little,you never know if I am as good as you guys in a few years I may come and do some hail chasing.Once again thankyou for the advice it is much appreciated.

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Guest leonpdr2008

Hello willie,I've made my own light from the advice of the teacher on my course and it seems to work very well for me.The tools I am using are from ultra dent and they are from my limited experience top quality.On the course I went on I was shown a demo of a glue puller kit,very good in the right hands !!I did purchase the kit but have not used it that much yet as I have been spending most of my spare time practising removing dents from behind the panel.

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Sprayerman, sounds like your teacher is John seeing that you have Ultra Dent tools. :-) The soft tip kit is great but as you said the sharper dents are tough, try the sharper head tools as suggested above but be subtle with it & less pressure than when using the wider heads.

The glue system is a god send, assume you have the wurth kit, had fun in the cold with mine today, need better glue I think (the wurth stuff doesn't like the cold & won't stick) ;-)

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Sprayerman, sounds like your teacher is John seeing that you have Ultra Dent tools. :-) The soft tip kit is great but as you said the sharper dents are tough, try the sharper head tools as suggested above but be subtle with it & less pressure than when using the wider heads.

The glue system is a god send, assume you have the wurth kit, had fun in the cold with mine today, need better glue I think (the wurth stuff doesn't like the cold & won't stick) ;-)

hello GlenPF,you are spot on about about john,and the wurth glue puller kit.John is a top bloke and the course was spot on,I'm going up to see him soon lots of questions to ask him.Do you have trouble with the red glue tabs not sticking as mine always seem to come off to easy.Have you been doing pdr long,where did you train ?

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