You have an edge over others if you know how to repair a dent in your car. As long as the dent is not very big and wide, you can repair it all by yourself. But if the dent doesn’t seem reparable, you better go to an auto body shop so it can be fixed perfectly.
Dents occur from bumping into other cars, usually when backing up while in a parking lot or on the side of the road. Whatever the cause may be, the good thing is that dents can be easily fixed unlike engine trouble and other costly mechanical defects.
If the dent on your car is small, then consider fixing it by yourself. You won’t have to spend money to have a mechanic do the work for you. Simply pick up some basic tools and the materials needed for the repair. You will need a rubber hammer, dry ice, a plunger, an air duster, and a torch. Here are few tips on how to repair small dents on your car.
Use a plunger to suck out the dented portion. This remedy is similar to the use of a plunger with a clogged toilet. Although this process may be a little non-traditional, at least it’s still reliable.
Remember, this plunger method works only on thin sheets of metal and small dents. If the diameter and size of the dent is too wide and big, then the plunger method is not the best remedy. In such a case, the best option is to put your car in the hands of a professional auto body mechanic.
This method has some drawbacks. Do not be surprised if there isn’t an immediate effect right away. What you need to do is plunge the dent constantly until the affected surface slowly pops out. Also, this method only works when you cannot really reach or access the other side of the dented area.
Use a hair dryer and air duster to fix the dent. This method is effective only on small dents where the dented material is made of thin, metal sheets. The good thing about this method is that it won’t cost you much. A combination of a simple hair dryer and an air duster is enough for the job.
So how does this method works? The dented portion must be heated using hair dryer, and then use the air duster to spray the entire heated area. This combination of hot and cold can make the dented surface slowly pop out on its own. Amazing, isn’t it?
Dry ice. Put a block of dry ice on top of the dent to gradually pull it out. Repeat the process again and again until you are satisfied that the dent is no longer visible. Even if this process is entirely harmless on the paint, it is not safe, however, for your hands. Even though it is called “ice,” it can cause serious burns.
The good thing is that this method is much cheaper because there are huge supplies of dry ice in every hardware store, home service store, or auto repair store.
Using a rubber hammer is another good idea. It is advisable that you soften the metal first before you use your rubber hammer. This is based on the assumption that you cannot reach right behind the affected area. When you soften the area first, you can expect the results of your work to be better.
In case you have a chrome surface, using either an acetylene torch or cheaper propane torch is recommended to heat up the affected area a little bit. Bear in mind that you are not supposed to overheat the metal. For any other surface type, using a hairdryer is sufficient.
Know when to bang out the dented surface. When the area is slightly heated, start bumping out towards the other side until the surface gets even.
These 4 tips can certainly help you master how to repair a dent in your car. By following any of these tips, you can be sure of getting the job done. And they save money. In case the job is too difficult, don’t hesitate to see your mechanic.