If you’ve been accused of being an impatient hot head, I think I would reconsider this choice as a career. Not only do you need a very generous portion of patience, but you must be expertly trained (which is what we do) with the proper methods and then you need to add a large scoop of practice to be truly effective.
The truth is though that if you don’t have the above, there is no amount of equipment (which we also have the best of) that can compensate for the lack of patience, finesse and practice. However, on the other side of the spectrum, if you do have these attributes, you’re well on your way to success.
The tools that you use for PDR are quite evolutionary in design and material. In the very beginning of this niche industry, technicians would use body picks as that was what had been used forever perhaps. Now those tools of yesterday are incorrectly being used to pry bars or as a drift chisel.
Fortunately, as far as equipment is concerned, the PDR tool sets have their own defined application built into them. They come in all sorts of unique shape both in diameter and length and are almost exclusively color coded to assist the PDR Technician. The color coding help the technician choose the proper tool for the application. These tools come in starter sets and then there are plastic-tipped equipment that allow for added force to be applied on larger surface areas. These plastic tipped tools minimize if not obliterate the risk of splitting the paint and causing a tool mark. In addition, the chance of scratching the protective E-coat on the back of the panel is non-existent. Any quality PDR tools will be made of high-strength, hardened steels with specialized handles for ease of use.