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Working a dent in a bumper can go one of two ways – either it can be impossible to remove the dent with PDR, or it can be quite simple for a good technician. The PDR techniques work best on plastic bumpers with dented corners.

The timeframe can also be important, as bumpers that have only been damaged for a short time are much easier to fix. The longer the dent is in, the more difficult the repairs will be. This is due to daytime heating and overnight cooling, as the bumper tends to harden into its new shape. Also, if the damage is severe enough to actually crack the bumper, or too much of the paint has been damaged, then normal PDR techniques will offer little hope of returning the bumper to its original condition. However, if the dent is in a good spot for a tool, the first push can typically be the best one.

In this example, the dent was in the corner of the bumper, as you can see, so getting a tool behind it wasn’t too difficult. After heating up the bumper to make it more flexible, I worked the dent out carefully as I didn’t want the tool to slip onto the back of the fog light. Once there, it just needed a few more pushes to relieve the area around the dent, and then the final product looks as good as new.

So basically, as long as the dent on the corner of a plastic bumper is fresh and the paint is undamaged, then PDR is a great solution for bumper repairs. Prices will range from $65 to$100.