Raditap Rapid Dent Removal System
The RADiTAP Rapid Dent Removal System is an air-actuated, long-reach pick solution for dent removal and collision repair. Use the RADiTAP to access dents via door and gate latch openings, through trunk and engine compartments, from wheel wells and more. Adjustable air pressure varies the speed and intensity of the pick action to quietly and efficiently work out dents. A total of 8 user-defined configurations for tip and pick types, plus interchangeable 18, 36 and 48-in (46, 91 and 122 cm) drive rod lengths, allow multiple set-up combinations. Tips and shafts can fit into openings as small as 3/4-in. to 1-1/8-in. depending on tip size. This innovative system compliments the skills of both the paintless dent removal specialist and the auto-body repair technician. The specialist will add RADiTAP to an arsenal of tools and use it to remove accessible dents faster and easier than any other method. The technician will find that RADiTAP makes dent removal for push-to-paint body repair more efficient and practical than ever before. And both disciplines will find the air-actuated RADiTAP System to be a welcome ergonomic design that saves hand, wrist and arm strain.
|Catalog #||Description||Pneumatic Requirements||Capacity Ga. (mm)||Size in. (mm)||Weight lbs. (kg)|
|RDR||Rapid Dent Removal System||4 CFM (133 L/Min) 90 PSI (6.2 Bar)||20 (0.91)||---||23.5 (10.66)|
|RDR1||Replacement Polymer Pick||---||20 (0.91)||.25 (6)||---|
|RDR2||Replacement Steel Pick||---||20 (0.91)||.25 (6)||---|
|RDR3||Replacement Ball Tip||---||20 (0.91)||.75 (19)||---|
|RDR4||Replacement Wedge Tip||---||20 (0.91)||.71X.60 (18X15)||---|
|RDR5||Replacement Ball Pick||---||20 (0.91)||.45 (11)||---|
|RDR6||Replacement Ball Tip||---||20 (0.91)||.45 (11)||---|
|RDR7||Replacement Rounded Tip||---||20 (0.91)||.25 (6)||---|
|RDR8||Replacement Steel Pick||---||20 (0.91)||.16 (4)||---|
Q Will this tool replace and remove all of the dents that I currently use my picks for?
No. The RDR is a great addition to the Paintless Dent Removal specialist’s arsenal of tools. For quickly removing many small accessible dents, (see actual-time small dent removal in video), such as hail damage on the hood, roof and trunk of a vehicle, this tool can dramatically reduce overall job turnaround time. There are, however, areas not accessible with this tool that must be addressed with other tools of the specialist if they require dent removal.
Q How do I access door panels and underneath the hood and trunk lid bracing?
Depending on the number of dents in a door panel, the RDR may save the specialist time by accessing dents through the door latch or by removing the inside door panel. But well-placed dents on hood and trunk bracing will require other smaller tools of the specialist for removal.
Q Is there a separate tool that will fit in to small access panels and tight door areas?
The RDR requires a minimum opening of 3/4 to 1-1/8 inch, depending on the tip used, to access any area. There are some areas where our tool is not going to be an option.
Q How much air pressure is ideal for the use of the tool when removing different size dents and dents with creases in them? What amount of air pressure is recommended for maximum performance?
The amount of air pressure depends on the size and shape of the dent, the location, the tip used and the user. For many applications the RDR operates best wide open at 90 PSI. If desired, a valve allows air pressure to be adjusted for the user’s touch (hand pressure applied) and for the tip used. (That is why there are not different settings on the air adjustment). This is the art behind the process.
Q How long will it take me to learn how to use the tool correctly?
Like all paintless dent removal tools, the RDR requires both practice and some instinctual artist touch to be successful. For the autobody technician’s applications (push to paint) the learning curve may be shorter.
Q What size dents will this tool work on?
There are limitations for all Paintless Dent Removal tools including the RDR. Depending on size, shape and location, dents may require a longer or shorter time for removal. One dent may also require several different heads for removal. Paintless dent removal is not however an option (by any means) for deep dents that stretched the metal
Q Do you need to use prying force to make this tool work like you do with the picks?
Yes. Prying force is one of the common techniques for paintless dent removal and, in the case of the RDR, can be used with air pressure or at times without to finesse out dents.
Q How do you set and up and adjust the tool?
There is a detailed video that comes with every RDR tool that walks you through the set up. A correct set-up should allow the tip a full stroke rather than shorten it.
Q What applications are each of the bits used for? What does each tip do and what location would I use it on the car? Do the tips rub the dent or hit the dent?
Precise descriptions are covered in the RDR literature and instructional video. Depending upon the size, shape and location of the dent several different heads with different shaped large or small tips may be employed for smoothing or hammering out a single dent.
Q How much faster will this tool remove a dent versus a pick?
It depends upon the size, shape and location of the dent. The RDR can be dramatically faster for removing multiple small dents, like hail damage, in easily accessible areas such as the hood, roof and trunk areas. Another feature, not to be overlooked, is worker fatigue that is reduced due to the assistance of air pressure to operate the tips..
Q Will this tool completely remove the dent or will we still need to use picks to complete the job?
Every dent can be a different challenge. In some cases the RDR can do it all. Other times it is part of an arsenal used in combination with other tools. In any case, it saves time.
Q What gauge sheet metal will this tool work on?
The RDR tool will work on automotive steel up to and including 20 gauge.
Q Can it tap out creases?
Yes there are heads in the RDR kit that will remove a crease that is a candidate for paintless dent removal (the metal cannot be stretched and the paint cannot be marred or cracked).
Q How many oscillations per minute?
Actually it is reciprocating beats. 5000 beats per minute.
Q How do you adjust air flow?
There is a regulator valve adjustment on the base of the tool. This adjustment is covered in the instructional video.
Q Why are there different materials for the different heads?
Except for the plastic pick tip that is less prone to marring, the head materials have more manufacturing significance than performance considerations. All the materials are more than adequate for all applications and all the heads could have been made out of the same material. As it is, the ball tips are polished stainless steel, the wedge is heat treated carbon steel and the hammer picks are tool steel.