Nothing can spoil a day as quickly or as badly as getting a massive dent in your car. Whether it was caused by someone else or negligence on your part, getting a dent fixed can be a major pain, not to mention the costs involved if you have to go to a panel beater or your dealership. It is, however, something that cannot be avoided. We all have to deal with dents.
What if there was an easy way to fix them without forking out a fortune? With our handy DIY guide, you’ll be able to fix the dent yourself and save all that money you would have spent paying someone to do it for you. Even though most auto repair jobs are better left to professionals, this is something you can probably fix quickly at home. Our guide will discuss six failsafe techniques for fixing those nasty dents. Let’s get started.
Technique #1: Use Boiling Water
This technique is especially effective when fixing dents in your bumper. Since modern car bumpers are made from plastic, it is easy to push the dent out by using some heat. You can either remove the bumper or leave it on. Simply boil some water, and pour it over the dent.
Reaching behind, push the dent back until it is gone. The heat of the boiling water will make it easier to pop the dent back in as it will make the plastic a bit easier to work with. Though you’ll have to work quickly to ensure you have enough heat and that the bumper is flexible.
Technique #2: Hairdryer + Compressed Air
For this technique, you don’t even have to apply pressure or pop out the dent yourself. All you need is a hairdryer and a can of compressed air. This technique also works better on plastic.
First, use the hairdryer to blow heat on the dented area. Note that the hairdryer must be on its highest temperature setting. The heat will cause the plastic to expand. Once you’ve reached a high temperature, simply use the can of compressed air to spray on the same area. The cold air will cause the plastic to contract, popping the dent out!
Technique #3: Using a Cup Plunger
Third on our list is probably the simplest and most common way to get small to medium sized dents out of any car. If you are not familiar with this technique, be sure to use a cup plunger and not a flange plunger. Cup plungers are smaller and better suited for these jobs.
First, apply some water on the plunger and the dented area on your car. Next, place the plunger on the dented area and start pushing and pulling until the dent pops out. Keep in mind that this technique is ideal for smaller dents.
Technique #4: Using a Pot and a Vacuum Cleaner
You don’t need a professional dent puller to use suction for dents. Simply create your own using a bucket or pot and your vacuum cleaner. You’ll need to make a hole in the bottom of the pot, tape the pot to the dented area on your car, and put the suction hose in the hole of the pot.
If it’s a shallow dent, this technique might not be successful. Deeper dents can be fixed using this technique. Once the suction hose is in the hole of the pot, switch on the vacuum and wait for the suction to pop out the dent.
Technique #5: Using Dry Ice
The next technique is appropriate for smaller and shallower dents. Remember to wear protective gloves while working with dry ice. Simply take a piece of dry ice and rub it around the dented area repeatedly. The dent should pop out after a while.
To help speed up the process, you can also use some heat on the area. For example, use a hairdryer to heat up the surface before applying the dry ice.
Technique #6: Using a Knockdown and Long Metal Rod
Our final technique takes some skill and patience. Instead of working on one side of the dent, you’ll be working on both sides to ensure your paint is not damaged and that the dent is completely popped out. For this, you’ll need a knockdown (wooden or rubber tap down tool) and a long metal rod.
The long metal rod is placed underneath the dent while the knockdown is used on top to hammer the dent out. Be careful not to cause further damage to your car! This technique is best implemented by the pros who work with dents on a daily basis.
We trust that our guide gave you some useful tips and that you will be able to implement them easily. Which technique do you think would work the best? If you are in need of some spare parts, be sure to read our buyer’s guide on how to buy spare parts. The best advice we could give you regarding dents? Try to avoid them!