PDR Leverage Techniques

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There are various situations that arise where the PDR Technician must adapt to a specific leverage technique to get to the dents. The access points to the panel requiring the repair determines what type of leverage is appropriate or even available in some cases. Another factor of course is whether the tool is designed as a lever or whether you are using a torque or twisting action.

The most common leverage technique is to use the tool as the fulcrum or pivot point and pushing onto the dent. For instance, with panels on a stand, leverage can be achieved between two panels – in this case a torque or twisting action is used.

leverage in between two plates in side the bonnet
different view
different view
Leverage by entering from the rear light
side view
leverage using hand tool between metal frame and panel
leverage using whale tail tool between frame and panel

leverage possibilities

Leverage suspended on suction cup
Leverage suspended on strap wedged in door
internal view

Leverage through openings

Sometimes the access point may be a hole or opening such as that behind the rear light as demonstrated in the video and this may be the fulcrum.

The diagram illustrates in simple terms levers can apply a forces on a load. In the case of PDR, it is the pressur exerted on the dent.

Suspended leverage options

Other times, you simply access and use the inside wall of the car panels or perhaps in between the metal frames.

The videos illustrate different leverage techniques or situation associated with the different access points. Further below, the leverage is from a suspended hook and loop such as the suction cup or the wedged strap closed in the door