Success Stories & Testimonials
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
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.
“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.”
~ 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.
~ 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.
~ Chase Savage
Thank you Mike and Gateway Dent Training Center for believing in me.”
~ Dexter Gill
A1 Dent Repair, LLC
~ Dan Stibol
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
~ Jay Webb
~ Kenneth A. Forbes
~ Matt Hilton
~ Matt Kennard
Cape Girardeau, MO.
~ Mike Wilkinson
~ Patrick Cunningham
St. Louis, MO
~ Tom D’Lorenzo
~ Terry S
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.
No longer a hack,”
~ Wade Friebe
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