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We have been extremely pleased with the participation of technicians and enthusiasts from all over the world sharing their favourite tips and tricks with us, to honour everyone’s generosity we have compiled a list, in no particular order of our 10 most popular and favourite posts which were submitted or published on our Facebook page to date. To go to our page and view the videos or to read the complete articles please click on the headers to view.
Submitted by Christopher Dolan on the Collision Technicians United Group, this life hack is sure to help body and R&I techs around the world, its no wonder why it was so popular, you can watch the short video on our page.
Published by Hardcore Autobody’s Facebook page, this is just a funny shirt that any bodyman would like to have as a gift.
Published in Cosmos magazine on a new material that can return to its shape after being damaged, automotive applications could see a car fix its own dents.
A short video originally posted on the Street Racing Soldiers Facebook page. This one is just plain funny with a caption of actor Steve Carell shouting what we’re all thinking… Time to get a new friend!
An article found on the Bodyworx Professional Facebook page and was originally published on chaseautobodysupplies.com. It’s easy to figure out why this was a popular post, colour matching is one of the biggest annoyances a shop can deal with in its day to day operations and solutions are always welcomed for it!
This is a photograph of a dent both with and without the Dent Light app. What’s interesting about these pictures is that it shows that with the Dent Light you can see two additional dents around the bigger dent which normally would have been missed without the app. Thanks to everyone who helped make this such a popular post!
This image from the Austin Powers movies, whose creator is unknown, was instantly popular on our page. For prepers and paint staff, i guess it hits a familiar nerve!
This video illustrates the difference 1/100th of a second makes on airbag deployment using a watermelon to represent your head. It shows just how precisely an airbag has to work.
This one is especially humorous because it pokes fun at the bodyman who has challenges getting work through the paint department.
Created by 3M, this is a cool video that gives a little respect to the Bodyman. Created to market their latest products, this video gives insight to exactly what a bodyman needs to be at his best – quality supplies. Well played 3M, well played.
So that wraps up our favourite Facebook posts of 2015! To help archive some of these great posts we have started the Facebook group called “AutoBody Tech Tips, Tricks, and Hacks”. If you have a video or picture related to the automotive repair industry that you would like to share then we encourage you to join us!
Written by; Steve Hartley
With: Tim Chase, Editor/Founder of
Dent Techs Magazine
Collision Magicians is proud to announce the best news in the PDR world – Dent Techs Magazine, can now be found on our website!
In an attempt to fill our platform with informative and educational content for professionals and our consumers, it was a natural fit to add the digital magazine to our team. We had chat with Tim Chase the editor/founder of the magazine to try and give insight to why we believe this is a great fit for the platform.
We started easy by asking him what gave him the idea to start the magazine?
“One factor that brought the magazine to life was watching over a thousand Dent Techs from around the world sharing their past repairs with each other on forums and groups unseen by the public. So many talented dent techs and they seem to be stuck in a groove of sharing the art of PDR with each other.”
We then asked what readers could expect when reading the magazine, Tim replied;
“‘You can find anything industry related in the magazine. From dent tools to dent repair software, dent tech online marketing tools, industry relatednews, hail damaged areas, dent techs that have made the news in special ways, directory of techs around the world, videos related to PDR, online blog related news, PDR training, online training and even techs that are doing some good deeds in their areas.”
Through its advertising opportunities Dent Techs Magazine has created a platform ideal for launching new products within the PDR industry. One example is our launch campaign for Dent Light. Tim Chase and his team helped us spread the word to thousands of professionals and businesses, letting them know that Dent Light was available on the AppStore. They launched our press release on all the popular social platforms, and put our brand in front of hundreds of thousand professionals, businesses, and prospects. They also helped us manage the social media feedback that flooded in because of it – what more could you ask for?
When asked about if he had a favourite story so far, Tim said:
“I think our most popular and favourite story since we launched, is our coverage of a huge hail storm in Kentucky”.
Luke Linville ran a small used car lot with his son, who unfortunately had just past away a week prior to the hail storm, and on top of that Luke himself had recently been diagnosed with cancer!
“We launched an online call-out to dent techs that were willing to help Luke, and we had a great response. Kent Row and his team, and also Tony Hawkins with his guys, headed out to Madison County Kentucky and started working to help repair all the damage – and out of the kindness of their hearts, they did it all for free.”
On the idea of a printed copy of his magazine, Tim says:
“Thoughts of a printed version are always a possibility and we have given it consideration. Advertisers and editors are what really puts a magazine together. As our magazine grows, the demand for a hardcover may grow and we will see what happens”
Since its first publishing in January 2015, Dent Techs Magazine is now seen in over 98 countries and growing, quickly becoming the go-to resource for consumers, professionals and businesses of the Paintless Dent Repair (PDR) world, and with stories like Luke Linville, it’s easy to see this digital magazine is the best news in PDR and that’s why we are glad to have them on the team.
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By: Steve Hartley
Admin Aug/05/14 The latest update Dent Light 1.3 addressed a small bug that was causing the “coaching bars” and “dent boards” to load incorrectly on some iPads. We thought this be a great time to go over the correct way your Dent Light should be displaying when trying to view a dent.
It’s probably best to start with the models that are the heart of this latest update, the first generation iPads 1-4. After plenty of field tests with these models it was realised that because of the technology used in the LCD screen’s, the configuration of the boards and subsequent coaching bars had do be displayed in portrait mode to be viewed. These are the only models that are viewed this way.
As per the in app “User Guide” all iPad Mini”s and the “iPad Air” are to be laid on their sides in landscape view when using the Dent Light boards, follow the coaching bars found in the “unlocked” board for further instruction.
Keep in mind that coaching bars should always be running parallel to the lines on the board and if you haven’t update your Dent Light and while your there please give us a review, your feedback is appreciated and used to make the Dent Light a better app. To stay current with your Dent Light find us on Facebook or sign up for our newsletter. For more information on how LCD screens work, check this video out.
Paintless Dent Repair, also known as its acronym PDR, is a recognized industry repair process that involves the removal of hail dents and other types of damages from a vehicles exterior surface panel.
It can be described as a micro-kinetic shrinking process, where pressure is applied in tight formations against displaced molecules, aiding the metals “memory” to return displaced molecules to original condition.
What is Metal “Memory”?
The “memory” of metal refers to the original placement of the metal molecules after being pressed into shape during the manufacturing process of a panel.
When molecules on a panel are displaced (dented) there’s a pressure or elasticity that encourages molecules to return to their original placement (the memory).
The use of heat guns, lamps and induction heaters are commonly used in dent repair, to aid the metal molecules to their original placement and to keep paint flexible and crack resistant.
How Does Paintless Dent Repair Work?
Dents are most commonly removed with two types of procedures,
1- The use of metal rods to push a dent out from the underside of a panel.
2- The use of glue tabs to pull the dent out from the topside.
By using either of these techniques a skilled dent technician can restore a panels appearance eliminating the need to repaint the surface.
When Can PDR Be Used?
The paintless dent repair process is most often used to repair hail damage, but also has shown to be effective in fixing parking lot damages, like door dings and minor fender benders.
The paintless dent industry has been evolving quickly, and with the latest tools and training available, it has made bigger more complex damages repairable.
In a case where the metal is stretched it is usually accompanied by paint cracking or chipping, but when a repaint is needed it’s still possible to apply a PDR technique called “Push for Paint”.
What is a Push For Paint?
When PDR is not an option, and a conventional paint repair is needed, “Push for Paint” is the repair term used by body shops to describe using paintless dent techniques to lift the metal back to best possible condition, reducing the need for filler and also minimizing the size of the repair area.
In most cases, the metal can be placed back to 90% or better condition, making a block sand of some high build primer all that is needed to prep the panel for paint.
Push for Paint proves to be most effective when damage is in close proximity to an adjacent panel, and blending the colour into that panel is trying to be avoided.
How Can I Learn More About Paintless Dent Repairs (PDR)?
Depending on your intentions, there are several avenues where you can learn more about PDR.
Dent repair schools. With “one-on-one” training class’s this is the best and most effective way to become a professional Dent Technician. The benefits of having a skilled teacher over your shoulder could save you years of learning the hard way. Classes can range from $5,000 – $25,000 +, and last between 1-5 weeks.
Training DVD’s can be commonly found on various dent tool websites, which are also good places to learn more about the different tools and lingo used in the industry.
DVD’s usually come in packs, but some companies sell them individually.
Online training can also be a good place to start. It costs less than “one-on-one” classes and allows you to learn more at your own pace.
Just make sure you have a good wifi plan, because to learn PDR from scratch would take many hours of video.
Another good way to learn more is to like our Facebook page where we share content found from different parts of the repair industry.
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