FAQ's About Advanced Training

I've been doing PDR for years now. What can this process do for me?

We find that many experienced techs know that there are gaps in their PDR abilities. Most were trained with out dated or wrong methods. Many techs are on their own, and have little contact with other PDR techs. They want to be at a more advanced level, and have real trouble with certain dents or creases that they know they should be able to do. Most of all they are tired of FIGHTING THEIR REPAIRS and know there has to be a better way. This process is a different approach to this art that should answer the questions and frustrations you have had inside yourself for a long time. After this course, you will seldom be challenged again by any dent, including large or complex dents that are repairable with PDR. Probably the most important concept you will learn is how to teach yourself so you will always be your own trainer.

My large dent repairs take way too long. Is your method of doing them any faster than usual?

It probably is much faster. On large and complex dents, most technicians waste a lot of time making unnecessary pushes or tap downs inside the dent and around the panel. in fact most techs work almost 100% of the damaged area with some type of tool. The methods we teach involve pressure release in the right areas and sequence throughout the damaged panel. We strive to work no more than a 10% total area of the dent with tools, the rest should come out with no effort on the technicians part. When it is necessary to work a larger areas, we use techniques to work them much faster than using conventional PDR tools.

Most PDR techs have little understanding of how sheet metal panels respond to damage and how to reverse this damage with as little effort as possible. Speed comes from accuracy, proper technique, and working as small an area as possible. Just as the old time panel shapers used to do it.

I am leaving the dent company I work for and need to learn a new process for legal reasons. Does this method qualify as a different process?

Yes it does. This method is sufficiently different to qualify as a different process with any franchise or other dent company in any state or country. This applies to the tools used as well. We have retrained several technicians from large franchises involved in contract disputes in the U.S. and worldwide. So far, all technicians have had no problems with legal issues as far as learning a different process is concerned. TopGun is a state licensed school that meets all legal requirements for retraining in a different process. The instructor also holds many different licenses and certifications sometimes necessary to prove the process is different in contract disputes. The instructor is also experienced and available as an expert witness in court cases involving contract disputes when PDR processes are concerned. Note: see Trainers bio page for more info.

How long does the average tech need for Advanced Training?

This is a tough question to answer because everyone is different. Many techs have unknowingly developed bad habits over the years and may need a day or two just to get help with these. It is almost always possible to help a tech that has a few years experience and minimal bad habits in one week. If the technician wants to learn large and complex dent repair we can generally cover this as well..

What subjects does the Advanced Training cover?

See Subjects covered in  Advanced Training section for a description of typical subjects.

Is any at home practice necessary after training for most advanced techs?

It depends on the tech. We find that some minimal practice at home is usually helpful to most advanced techs. We include a customized practice program for any advanced tech that needs it.

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