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DIY Dent Removal - Helpful Car Maintenance Tips

DIY Dent Removal

Dents on a car can be removed in many ways depending on their size, how they were caused, and their location on a body panel. It is not fun to drive around in a dented car and it is certainly not fun to spend a lot of money in a body shop. However, dents can be removed at home and in most cases you will spend much less money than you would at a body shop.

Unfortunately there are some dents that you simply cannot repair yourself no matter how much you try. The most common dents can be removed at home with a dent repair kit. Some dents can even be removed with a hair dryer and compressed air or dry ice. Let us begin with the hair dryer method. You must find out if the dented area can be mended using this method. It basically has to be on a metal surface that is flat and not close to any edges.

To use this method, you should heat the dented area until it becomes warm to the touch. Don’t hold the hair dryer closer than 6 inches from the surface because it might cause the area to overheat and damage the paint. When the area becomes just hot enough to hold with your bare hand, rub dry ice on the dent until it makes a popping sound. You may also spray it with compressed air. After it pops, the dent should be gone.

Another way to remove a dent is to use a dent removal kit. You should drill a hole in the middle part of the dent or attach a plastic adapter with a hot glue gun. Many dent removal kits have the glue guns and plastic adapters. If you drilled a hole, thread a dent pulling tool into it and if you attached a plastic adapter, attach the dent pulling tool on the adapter. Afterwards, pull on the dent pulling tool until the dent is fixed.

After the dent has been pulled out, you should hammer the front part of the dent while supporting the back part. When the dent is reasonably flat, grind the paint to the bare metal and grind outside the area of the dent by at least one inch. Afterwards, use body filler and fill the entire area.

Sand the filler when it is completely dry until the area becomes level with the rest of the body panel. Begin the sanding with 36-grit sandpaper wrapped around a wooden block and work your way up until you reach 120-grit sandpaper. Use a spray primer to coat the entire area. Make sure that the primer is suitable for automotive use. Apply six coats of primer allowing each coat to dry completely before applying the next one.

After the primer is dry, use 600-grit sandpaper to sand the area and remove any scratches. After you sand the area, wipe away any lose material and cover it with a suitable coat of paint. Sand the paint and repaint it until it is completely smooth. After the paint is dry, you should wait several days before you wax the area to allow any leftover solvents to escape.