There are few things that can ruin the looks of your car and one of them is a dent. Reporting the incident to the insurance company will certainly increase the rates and you cannot afford the expense of paying a body shop for the repairs. Another matter is also there of going without transportation when the repairing is being done. Luckily, there are few things that can be tried at home that are not very costly and are fairly easy. Follow the simple directions.
- Rubber Hammer
- Air Duster
- Dry Ice
First, use a plunger to suck out the dents. This method is an old and reliable. The plunger has to be placed on the center of the dent and then pushed in, this is just similar method for a blocked toilet. This will often not work in the first attempt so keep doing. This method is good for smaller dents and those dents where it is impossible to get behind. There is no guarantee in this method that the paint will be saved. The plunger option is recommended if your budget is low for spending on this project.
Dry ice can be used which is pretty cheap and easily available. Simply place the block of ice on the top of the dented part and the ice will gradually pull out the dent. The process should be repeated until the dent vanishes. Make sure that you are wearing protective gloves because this ice can severely burn the skin. The paint will usually not get damaged by this method.
Tackle the dent with household items. Using a hair dryer is another method, heat the dented area for about a minute and then quickly spray the whole area using an air duster. The hot and cold combination will create a suction and the dent will pop out within a few minutes. There will a minimal damage to the paint job.
A hammer can be used to bang the dent out. You would have to reach behind the dent. The metal gets stretched by denting so it is best for softening the metal before the hammer is used. The area will not look right if the metal is not softened. In case of a chrome surface, an acetylene torch can be used for eating the area. Don’t make the metal very hot. When the area is heated the dent can be lightly bumped out from the other side. It is better to use a rubber mallet rather than a metal hammer because it will be gentle to the car.
Tips and Precautions
- Always wear protective eye goggles, gloves and a breathing mask if using chemicals.