Success Stories & Testimonials

These are some of the graduation reviews that Gateway PDR Training has received from students:

I enrolled in Mike’s PDR class in the spring of 2020. The class was professionaly taught by Mike Sewalk himself and highly informative. Mike offered hands-on training every day in addition to teaching the techniques involved in PDR. Mike is an excellent teacher, communicating his skill to me from his experience as a business owner and skilled technician. Mike was also a good listener, answering every question I had. Throughout this class, I felt all the emotions: frustration, anxiety, doubt, but also pride, astonishment, and joy.

After I completed my training, I felt confident and encouraged that I had the skills to be successful in the industry. I also felt accomplished because Mike taught me to produce a professional repair rather than a repair that was simply “billable.” When it was all said and done, I believe the ultimate responsibility rests with the student, who must havea good work ethic and dedication to learning the art of PDR.

Finally, I am grateful to Mike for sharing his knowledge with me. I’m looking forward to my new career, and I will always remember how he made a difference in my life.

~ Daniel Caulk

“Dear Mr. Sewald, my friend, my mentor, and my instructor, as I sit in my hotel room on the last night before my final, I cannot help but think of the past six weeks. The highs and lows, the struggles and milestones. It has been a roller coaster to say the least. You have asked for an evaluation and I believe that you will find this to be honest. Each morning entering into your shop I am greeted by a man with a passion for what he does. This man fully intends to help the student before him and as I am greeted by you I cannot help but notice that you are reading my demeanor and how I am doing on each and every day to see how I feel or if something is bothering me from the previous day of training. Your ability to read a student is second to none. You have pushed me past my comfort zone and what I could have ever thought possible, and just as I am failing you bring me back and build my confidence to push on. You have not only taught me Paintless Dent Repair, but how to overcome physical disabilities from a previous accident to allow for a future. The information that you provided is direct and to the point and my notebook will become my best friend in years to come. I can’t think of one thing I would change in your curriculum. You have displayed what is possible as a seasoned technician and as the light bulb has just starting to flicker with all of the possibilities I can only hope to possess one tenth of your skill set in the future. Your enthusiasm for what you do is addicting and allows a student to dream of what is possible. I believe the friendship that we have forged will last the test of time.

Sincerely the biggest guy you have ever had in class, your friend and student,

~ Jonathan Righetti

Reliable Dent Repair

“I am going to make this short and sweet. Mike is 100% professional. He enjoys what he does and takes it very serious. He gives you the training to succeed if you apply the principles he teaches. In my opinion, any less than his training would be a waste of time & money. I would recommend any person wanting to get in to PDR to train with Mike. If you think this is a fake review, call Mike and get my number and you can contact me personally. I would go so far to say Mike is one of the most professional people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting.”

~ J Brown

Detroit, Texas

Hi Mike,

This is Steve Shapiro. Just wanted to drop you a line and let you know that I took Billy out with me to upstate NY. Want to give you kudos on how well your training is. He was a great candidate and will have a great future in this business. He is the second person I have personally seen succeed from your program. So thanks Mike for doing what you do.

As usual, anyone asking how to get into this business, I refer them to you.

~ Steve Shapiro

Good morning sir!

Just wanted to share with you one of Mike Raffington’s most recent jobs. He did very well. Just wanted to say thank you for teaching him. He learned from the best!

That’s something that should have went to a bodyshop, but said “I will give it a shot!” Took him 4 hours.

~ Randy

“To put it simple, Gateway Dent is the place to go if you are serious about learning painless dent repair. Mike is honest and knows everything there is to knoow about training and preparing someone for the art of PDR. I took his 6 week course and learned something new every day. There was never a wasted day. I learned how to fix basic dents, creases, damage under braces, large dents, multifaceted dents, tool selection, access, how to manage paperwork, and much more. As long as you listen and give it your all, you will be ready for a PDR career with confidence after 6 weeks. It is an investment, but you won’t regret it. The course is worth every penny. Mike goes above and beyond and teaches things you won’t learn anywhere else, much less at a 2 week course.”

~ Shane Belt

Shane’s Dent Removal

Mike was able to give me the skill and confidence to fix dents, and run a business, through this six week course. I entered week one, with no prior knowledge of the PDR methods, and left excited to start a new career. I am extremely happy to have been taught by Mike, and I am excited for the future.

~ Billy Burchill



I want to thank you for taking the time to teach me invaluable skills that fast track me onto a successful career. I enjoyed the way you set up class with a few lectures and hands-on parts to help magnify the point you are trying to get across for the day. I wouldn’t change a thing about the experience I had learning from you, and feel that I can call you a good friend and valuable resource to have in the PDR business.

Thank you very much for everything you have done for me.


~ Brandon Loging


“Hey Mike, wanted to let you know I’m doing great! December and January were very trying, but I’ve been rockin and rollin ever since. $10, 700 in February, $11,200 in March, $11,700 in April and on track to break $12,000 for May. Just thought you’d like to hear some good news from your training.”

Thanks again,

~ Bob Meyer

Ft. Meyers, FL

In the short amount of time I could give him, Mike Sewald at Gateway Dent Repair brought my skill level up, and guided me in a better direction with each repair we performed.

Upon entering his class with an ok foundation and no formal training, Mike went through the basic fundamentals of PDR. I quickly realized how ittle I actually knew about a quality repair.

I am humbled by the time and effort he put into my future with Paintless Dent Repair.

Thanks Mike!

~ Brandon Solomon

“I was an experienced Tech using a different system. I used a reflection board with several black lines, pushing until they were all straight. Mike and Larry taught me to look at the dent, not a reflection. My ability has now improved dramatically.”


~ Ben Wilkinson, NC

“When I went into PDR training I didn’t really know what to expect, but what I got was simply the best. The instructor was very knowledgeable and very in-depth on every aspect of PDR training. It was almost all hands-on, and the notes we took I still use when I’m on the job today. There is no way you could learn PDR in a two week course. I would recommend Gateway PDR training to anybody who has an interest in PDR, no matter if you’re a hail tech or a route tech.”

~ Chris Roth

St. Louis, MO.

“I made the decision to attend Gateway Dent training center in December of 2009. I had previously attempted several different endeavors, including construction, landscaping, and trucking; however I had no experience in body work or paintless dent repair. I came to class with no knowledge of the skill, and I had no idea what to expect. By the end of week one, I was hooked! Mike’s enthusiasm is contagious and unrelenting. By week two, I felt comfortable and a hundred times more knowledgeable. Mike’s knowledge and patience are the key to your success and I feel this is the best way possible to start a career in PDR. As I graduated, certified, in week six, I walked away forever grateful for the experience and skills which can never be taken away from me, and even more excited to get out and hone my skills in the world of hail damage repair. Thanks a million Mike!”


~ Chase Savage

Lebanon, MO.

“I was formally trained by Dent Wizard. I worked as a route technician for them. After resigning, many years later I established my own company. All of my customers were satisfied with my work at 90% finished. I desire to be a quality dent tech and have the ability and knowledge to finish my work at 100%. After some basic instruction and a demo from Mike, I saw a substantial improvement in the overall quality of my work. It is a privilege to be around a skilled instructor that respects the art of quality PDR and hail repair. No matter how many years of experience you have, you can always improve the good skills and retrain the bad habits. I now have so much confidence in my ability to achieve the success I desire. Mike is absolutely an amazing instructor.

Thank you Mike and Gateway Dent Training Center for believing in me.”

~ Dexter Gill

A1 Dent Repair, LLC

“Mike kicked my a**. I came in shy and timid eyes downed and am now leaving proud and confident. Even if I could learn how to remove dents from someone else, I do not believe that I would have gotten all the rest out of their class that I received from Mike. I believe that it is these qualities that are going to be the greatest asset and benefits to me in both my new choosen profession as well as in life in general. Keep the classes going! I know this has been the best training I could have gone to and thank you for everything. I am proud to consider you a friend.”

~ Dan Stibol

New York


THanks for the beginning of what will be a career that allows me to provide for those that mean so much to me. I always will remember the keys of repair to allow me to grow with the skill I will carry for life. Always be proud to be someone that gives skill to someone to take care of their family, bring someone that has trained beginners of a trade, take full pride in what you.

Gateway is a word that Mike uses in another fashion. He gives you the Gateway into a very promising career. With hard work and concentration he can lead you into a skill for life. Thanks Mike!

You’re a skilled instructor, keep doing what you do bud. Keep on them young boys to harden up, the world is full of folks that will take advantage of a new guy. Let them know to rise above the low-lifes in the world, especially in the PDR world.

~ Jesse “Jester” Atkins

North Carolina

“I understand so much more about removing dents and making them perfect. I was trained before by Dent Works for a month, but I didn’t feel confident about myself or my work. In two weeks, Mike did more for me than anyone else. Again Mike is in my opinion the best and I’m a better tech now.”

~ Jay Webb


“I enjoyed the instructions. Mike makes things very clear and precise. If you don’t understand, he spends as much time as it takes to make sure you do. Mike will stand over your shoulder to make sure you got it correct. In the beginning, I was slow getting it, but now I have the confidence I need to go make a lot of money.”

~ Kenneth A. Forbes

Gary, IN

“I thought you did a very professional job, from paperwork to working on cars. I thought I was too old and my eyes were bad, but you were patient. Maybe I will be able to do PDR for another ten before I get too old. I learned a lot and had a good time doing it. I hope we can work and hunt together in the future. I am lucky to have a friend like you.
Thanks Mike!”

~ Matt Hilton

Lebanon, MO.

“I looked at a lot of schools to go to before I found Gateway, and they were all 2 week courses, where Gateway is 6 weeks long. Best decision ever to go with Gateway. I would have never been as good at fixing dents if I had gone to the 2 week courses. Mike is very open, honest, and knows his stuff. Mike is a great teacher. I would highly recommend this course to anyone who is looking to learn PDR.”

~ Matt Kennard

Cape Girardeau, MO.

“Mike Sewald is a proficient instructor. Through years of being an instructor, he has perfected the teaching methods of PDR. I feel confident, that because of my training, I will be able to compete with far more experienced techs that have had sub-par training. Mike is direct and tells you exactly how to improve yourself. The course he offers is well rounded and explains in great detail, all aspects of the PDR field. If I were to do it over again, I would go through his course and recommend that anyone else do the same.”

~ Mike Wilkinson

North Carolina

“Mike was a great instructor. He pushed me to my limit and got the best out of me. He never gave up on me when I was having a bad day. I wanted to quit many times but ended up finishing top in the class.

Thanks Mike,”

~ Patrick Cunningham

St. Louis, MO

“I took Mike’s advanced course and thought I knew everything about pulling dents. It took about 5 minutes to realize how wrong I was. He was very informative, tactful, and has the ability to clearly describe every facet of this business.”

~ Tom D’Lorenzo

Dallas, TX

“After being in this field many years, Mike Sewald has put the best foundational techniques into a 6 week course that is very effective in the field! After attending the 6 week course, I had the ability to repair very deep sharp dents. Mike’s techniques proved to be true after I watched a 6 year tech come to training claiming he know a better more efficient techniques and screw up a dent beyond repair! After witnessing this, I felt GREAT about my ability to repair that same dent better than that 6 year tech and have no regrets about my financial investment.

Thanks Mike”

~ Terry S

Gary, Indiana

1. Was course informative and enjoyable?
Yes! Information as well as techniques were very clear, also Mike’s very humorous but serious!
2. What do you feel was the most beneficial part of the program?
Much hands-on training, location, and economically priced.

~ Terry Spencer Sr.

Gary, IN

“You have made quite and impression on Eric. On more than one occasion he has told Sonya and I how good you are at PDR. Last night when he came home I was still up, he was telling me stories about going to dealerships and the managers telling him “you are learning from the best, he (you) is the best in the country”. He said he hears this everywhere he goes and from everybody. He respects how you have the “no sugarcoat approach”. He’s funny…”Yep, Mike don’t sugarcoat anything…he tells em how it is”. Anyway, bottom line, he and I and Sonya really appreciate your help and positive influence and he really does think you are the best.”

~ Tim

Sullivan, Mo.

“I had been doing dents for about a year before I went to see Mike at Gateway Dent. At first I wasn’t sure if he would have that much else to show me. I quickly realized that this was an “ignorance is bliss” situation because I would now consider my previous work as hack work. Mike taught me how to feel 100% confident on even the ugliest dents and made me many times faster than I was before. Now for the first time since I started PDR, I am excited to go out and do the work I feel more confident doing. I found out I was a poor PDR tech before and if you let Mike take you under his wing, you also might be surprised at the tip of the iceberg you were seeing before. I hope you make the choice and I can say how I know he can teach 10+ year techs how to improve greatly.

No longer a hack,”

~ Wade Friebe


“Hi Mike,

I wanted to thank you again for the lunch Wednesday and especially for using my car for a dent removal example! That was an unexpected bonus. Thanks for all the time you took explaining all aspects of your business. You have an impressive operation and I’m glad that James was directed to you.”

~ Wanda Ingerson