How to Get Rid of Car Dents
Car dents are frustrating and happen at the most inopportune times. But, getting a dent out of a car need not be daunting or frustrating for there are several methods that can help get the dent out of your car.
Dry Ice Can Be Effective
One of the most popular methods of getting a dent out of a car is by using dry ice. Dry ice can be purchased at most large department stores or an auto service store. The dry ice method is done by attaching the dry ice in the center of the dent. It shouldn’t take more than a minute and the dry ice will begin drawing out the dent. It may take more than one time and if it does, put the dry ice back on for a few seconds more. Note: Always use gloves when using this method. The dry ice should never touch your skin.
Dent Repair Kits
Then, there are dent repair kits. Most of these kits have what you need and come with a suction cup. These repair kits can be found at most large department stores or an auto service store. You will also need a ball-peen hammer and a dolly. The kit will have the necessary instructions and most work well with small dents.
Try a Plunger
Another, much easier way to remove a dent is by using the ordinary but effective, plunger. Place the plunger over the dent and do the same as you would if unclogging a toilet. Press in and pull out several times, until the plunger pulls out the dent. Plungers come in several different sizes, so buy one that closely fits the size of your dent.
Tapping is Sometimes a Big Help
Still another way is by tapping. Items used with this method are: a rubber mallet, an old towel or cloth and a block of wood. First, wrap the towel around the block. This needs to be done in order to prevent scratching. Then, take the block and carefully lay it on the metal – on the opposite side of the panel from the dent – and begin tapping it with the rubber mallet. The block will help to even out and spread the mallet blows. Keep tapping slowly until the dent is out and a balance occurs on the surface. Keep your blows even and given in a slow fashion.
Try a Hair Dryer and an Air Duster
Next, another way to get a dent out of a car is by using a hair dryer and an air duster. First, aim the hot air on the dent so that the surface of the dent becomes warm. Once the dent is hot, take your air duster and spray the surface of the dent, which is now warm. It is the heat that comes from the dryer and the cool, suction of the air from the duster that should help pull out the dent.
If All Else Fails…
If these methods are ineffective, then you will probably need to have an auto body shop remove the dent. They have the tools and know-how to remove stubborn dents. Some dents are so out of shape and large that they need professional care.