Items Needed

In this module, you’ll need the following materials:

  • Practice Panel 

  • Dent Light 

  • Dent Lifter or Slider Hammer

  • Dent Hammer and Knockdown Tool

  • Glue Gun

  • Glue Sticks

  • Glue Tabs

  • 91% Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol

 

Step-By-Step Instructions for using Ding King Glue Pullers

1

Slide Hammer – Shock Pull, Varied Strength of Pulls from Soft to Very Strong

2

The Dent Lifter – Static Pull, Very controlled Pull

Glue Pulling Goals

  • To invert the dent into a smooth domed area.
  • To be able to tap down smoothly
Step 1
Step 1

Plug in the glue gun and allow it to heat up to full operating temperature. At that point insert glue stick into gun.

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Step 2
Step 2

Clean the area to be repaired with 91% isopropyl rubbing alcohol and a clean towel. It is important to remove all wax and grease from the surface to insure the glue and the dent pulling tabs properly adhere to the damaged area.

Step 2
Step 3
Step 3

Select an appropriate size dent-pulling tab by comparing it to the size of the dent. Larger tabs are to be used for larger dents, smaller tabs for smaller dents. The correct sizing for up to a half-dollar size dent is the same size as the dent or a little bit smaller. Do not go with a tab larger than the size of the dent.

Step 3
Step 4
Step 4

Apply hot glue to the dent-pulling tab by pulling on the trigger of the glue gun until approximately 80% of the tab is filed with glue at about an 1/8” thick.

Step 4
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Step 5

Place the dent-pulling tab to the exact center of the dent. Avoid applying too much pressure when placing the dent-pulling tab to the dented area, so you do not create too thin of a layer of glue between the car panel and the dent-pulling tab. Also make sure your placement of the tab is straight and perpendicular to the panel.

Step 5
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Step 6

For the first test pull, allow the glue to harden for approximately 10-15 seconds or until the glue is no longer tacky to the touch. You can then adjust your set time from there. In the case your first attempt doesn’t make a strong enough pull, increase your glue dry time by increments of 5-10 seconds at a time, until you get the desired pull.

Step 6
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Step 7

Slide the dent lifter device directly over the dent-pulling tab shaft until the female adapter in the center of the dent lifter slides over the shaft of the tab. Adjust the height knob to barely snug up the tab. Do not use the height adjuster to pull the dent up. Make sure when you pull the tab (whether you are using a Slide Hammer or a Lifter) you are pulling straight not at an angle.

Step 7
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Step 8

Your goal in glue pulling is to gently invert the dent into a low “mound” that can easily be tapped down. As the damage gets smaller reduce the size of the dent-pulling tabs accordingly.

Step 8
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Step 9

It is desired for the dent-pulling tab to release from the glue, leaving the glue on the panel of the vehicle. When this occurs, spray a small amount of 91% isopropyl rubbing alcohol on the edges of the glue and peel it away.

Step 9
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Step 10

You may have to repeat steps #4 through #9 until the desired results have been achieved.

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Step 11

A high spot is typically created when pulling the dent. When this happens, gently tap down any high spots using the dent hammer and tap down tools, preferably not the sharp ones tap down tools. Use a slightly blunt or rounded tip tap down, being careful not to tap too hard to create additional low spots.

Step 11

For a better understanding of the glue pulling process and using glue tabs, review the images in the gallery below.

​Congrats!

Well done on completing this final module of PDR certification course! You’ve worked hard to get this far. Take a moment to celebrate your hard work and commitment.

Before conclude and set you loose no your journey as a PDR specialist, let’s take a moment to hear one final word from Todd.

Essential Skills

In our final Essential Skills section, we’re going to look at the important skill of interviewing!

There’s no one way that a potential employer may conduct any interview, and there’s no one right way to handle the interview. You have to trust your gut and your skills! That said, the best way to be successful is to prepare! 

Don’t go into an interview blind. Do your homework. Practice, practice, practice! The more time you put into preparation, the greater your chances of success.

The PDF below offers you a number of good preparation techniques. Take some time to review them, and hand onto the sheet for the big day of your first interview. You’re gonna do great!

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