How to Get a Dent Out of Your Car

Regrettably, dents and dings can occur. Perhaps someone “bumped” into your can while it was parked, or perhaps they were brought on by hail. This can be very frustrating, especially when it indicates that the value of your car has decreased. We’ll give you some pointers on how to fix dents yourself so that you don’t have to take your car to the shop.

How to push – or pull – a dent out of your car  

How to remove dent on metal car

Dents are either squeezed out from the inside or pulled out. There are numerous ways to exert the appropriate force when you push out from the inside. But doing so necessitates a thorough dismantling process. You constantly struggle to apply enough force to the region without destroying the paint while trying to pop out a ding. For this reason, a vacuum is typically employed throughout this process. Adhesives are another option, but once more, you must remove any leftover material from the car carefully.

First try: Hot water

Pour hot building water over the dents before attempting to remove them with tools. The sheet metal may relax and return to its former shape if you’re lucky. Plastic bumpers work great with this as well. In any event, the heat from the hot water can provide enough warmth to soften the paint and the subsurface material.

Second try: The plunger

You’ve already laid the groundwork for a successful repair after pre-treating the region with hot water. Take a plunger, place the suction cup over the damage, and then pull firmly if the dent is sizable enough. Large dents are typically well-repaired in this manner. Use a smaller suction cup, such as one from a phone holder, if the dent or ding is smaller.

 Pull dent out of car

Attack from the back

You must “attack” the dent from behind if these efforts fail to provide the desired results. Hot glue or a threadlocker like Loctite can also be used to add traction to a dent. However, exercise extreme caution because there is a significant chance that you could harm the paintwork. The time has come for the opposite side. What you need is:

  • i 1 hot air gun
  • i 1 tool to disassemble the interior panels
  • i 1 rubber mallet
  • i 1 round wooden or plastic stick with rounded tip, about 2-3 in. in diameter

Remove the internal paneling first. It is strongly advised to utilize a specialized removal tool. The little tools are reasonably priced and can be used to pry out the door trim’s lugs and knobs without destroying them. Attention: When reattaching, the plastic film beneath the door panel must be thoroughly sealed again in order to prevent water from entering the inside during your subsequent trip to the vehicle wash.

After the dent has been made visible, you must first warm it up. You can carry out this action from the inside if there are no plastic components close by. Otherwise, just to be safe, use the hot air pistol to warm up the sheet metal from the outside. Keep the heat at least 6 inches away from the surface to avoid immediately scorching the paint.

Working gently from the edge inwards while the panel is warm and the dent is accessible. Use the round stick and place the rounded tip on the edge if accessing it is challenging. The rubber mallet should now be gently tapped against the other end of the stick.

Work in a circle at all times for the best outcomes. At some point, the dent will give up and, for the most part, return to its previous shape. Less is more is the main principle to keep in mind when removing dents. Careful striking results in speedier success and prevents long-term harm.

Even a partial success is a success

You must fill and paint the dent if the specified approaches are unable to remove it. However, every millimeter a dent has recovered requires less leveling compound to be used. The repair will be simpler and more durable the thinner the leveling layer is. The problem of rust damage that might go undiscovered for a long time is caused by thick layers of filler that have a propensity to flake off and prefer to soak up water.

Filling – sanding – repairing 

Therefore, a bulging dent aids in maintaining a thin leveling layer. You must either totally sand off the paint or rough up the paint in order to fill it. Following that, you can use the primer. Careful masking is strongly advised because you’ll be spraying, especially for creases and edges. An edge-to-edge color restoration is always the best case scenario. On the surface, it is incredibly difficult to achieve a flawless transition. You can try to make these repairs yourself if your car is older and has smaller regions. Use the exact same color every time because the color match is crucial. The car dealership where you bought the vehicle might be able to tell you what the color is called.

Painting can still be the most elegant and cost-effective solution for getting rid of one or a few dents and dings. Foiling is an alternative to a new paint job if the entire vehicle has to be refreshed. This almost has the same impact on how attractive your car will look. The benefit of this is that, with a little practice, any decently skilled DIYer can master the foil overlay. Even if it is difficult, it is frequently easier to learn than how to use a paint gun.

It doesn’t always have to be an expert

Several criteria determine whether you can fix or remove a dent or ding on your own. The two main factors are your personal willingness and the skill you bring with you. If you have the drive, consider whether you can actually fix the particular type of ding by yourself. In that scenario, using natural cures, tact, and patience might even help you achieve your goals.

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