Push-to-paint / P2P / PTP – The use of removing the dents with PDR yet still requiring refinishing.
There are several reasons why Push To Paint would be considered a valid option.
- The hail cracked the paint, but the dent/dents can still be 100% repaired using PDR. This would be the best repair option since no body filler would be needed to fill the dents.
- Most of the damage is repairable using PDR, only leaving a couple of minor areas for the body shop to repair. This is still less invasive than coating the entire roof with body filler or replacing the roof panel completely.
- When the damage is so severe that replacement is considered but not an option due to parts being unavailable. Sometimes a roof will need to be shipped from overseas, is on back order or simple no longer available. When this is the case, the PDR technician works as much of the damage out as they are able and then the body shop conventionally repairs the rest.
Pricing for Push To Paint can be calculated many different ways.
The basic idea is for the PDR Technician to be fairly compensated for their time and skill. In the first example above, the price would be the same as it is for full PDR as the work and time required is exactly the same as a complete PDR repair. The fact that the damage also requires repair and paint time is the fault of the damage, not the PDR Tech.
In the second scenario, a slight discount may be in order and should be agreed upon prior to the work being repaired by the PDR Tech, the Body Shop Manager and the insurance adjuster. Depending on how much damage is left should reflect the discount on PDR. For example, if a couple of dents are left needing conventional repair, the body shop needs to be fairly compensated for their part of the repair and when adding this to the PDR price, the panel price may exceed the cost of replacing the panel. Even when this is the case, the best repair should be evaluated for the sake of the customers and their vehicle.
In the third example, the PDR price would remain the same or may even exceed industry standard pricing depending on the situation. Again, the pricing should be discussed and agreed upon before the work begins. When all parties involved are fair and just, the correct repair methods and expectations should be clear and straightforward.
Push to paint repair advice
When performing PTP, the PDR technician should be giving the repair the same time and consideration as if they were completely repairing the panel. Sure the sanding and priming will cover some imperfections, but not as many as you would think. General rule is to deliver what you are getting paid to do. Do not cut corners or short the repair. The vehicle owner is the person affected by the end result of the repair and should be considered throughout the process. If the price is not acceptable it is advisable to turn the repair down versus delivering a sub standard repair.
Push-to-paint / P2P / PTP – By Dave Streen
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