Remove and Replace – Introduction

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Remove and Replace (often referred to as R and R) is an important process in the PDR process. Why Remove and Replace? Quite simply, it provides access to leverage points and the other side of the dents given there is no other way to do so otherwise. From both an efficiency point of view and cost effectiveness, remove and replace can be critical in terms of the overall time required to repair a vehicle and how many more vehicles over all can be repaired in a specified amount of time. Furthermore, there are specific approaches that will assist in minimising damage to parts and also the re-assembling of the parts.

Remove and Replace procedure in preparing cars for PDR

Steps in the Remove and Replace process

– wash hands
– remove bonnet
– remove boot
– wash hands again
– then remove interior lights and fittings

Reverse process to replace and restore car to original condition after PDR repair process

Due to the delicate nature and quality cleanliness required by customers, it is essential that prior to the commencement of the Remove and Replace process,

  1. hands must be washed
  2. wash the car thoroughly
  • see the dents more efficiently for both the quotation and PDR process
  • efficiency since washing the car has to be done at some stage – better prior than later
  • clean working environment (we do not want to dirty interior such as hand marks or ourselves for that matter)

Despite the slight variability with some models, most R + R falls under the following difficulty factor and percentage break down categories:

  • roof lining
  • wiring
  • tail gate procedure

More detailed information is available for these procedures in subsequent modules.

Washing hands incidentally is required since when using tools and perhaps removing other parts, you may have a slight film of grease, dust, and other foreign particles that is not ideal when trying to get the cleanest panel shine to see the dents. It could then mean that you require to clean that panel of any hand prints. Washing panels when after the lining have been removed can be a time wasting exercise and there is also no sealed parts which you have removed to keep the water out of the electricals. As you can appreciate, it is critical to follow a set procedure keeping all these factors in mind.