Dents on a car are hated all around the world by the car owners as they seem to sabotage the whole look of your shiny, pimped out, modified car. Many car lovers, rush to their their nearest car body repair shop to fix a car dent as soon as they get one and empty their pockets by paying heavy bills of these body repair shops. Not all the car enthusiasts know that they can easily remove car dents simply by using common house hold dent pulling tools as well as some specialized tools and the cost of removing them is pretty nominal as compared to those heavy bills of body repair shops. In this post I will discuss some easy "how to remove dents" techniques which can be performed via the help of some specialized or common tools which are available every where at economical price. Its so easy to remove car dents that after reading this post you will say for yourself that "car dent fix" is definitely a DIY job.

I will discuss a some general steps of removing car dents. But first just a quick peek of some tools that are considered effective as auto dent puller.

Dent Pulling Tools:

Now there are different dent pullers or dent removers which are used to remove dents from the car. Some of these are specialized for this purpose while some of them are common house hold tools which cab also be used for this purpose. These tools or materials can be:

  1. Wooden block and a hammer.
  2. Suction cup dent puller integrated with air compressor.
  3. Dry Ice.
  4. Plunger
and many other tools which I will discuss later, can be used as dent pullers or dent removers.

How To Remove Minor Dents On A Car:

Note that these steps are recommended only for minor dents on a car.

  1. First clean the area with water and a piece of cloth so you are in a clear contact with the surface area and the dented region can be easily seen.
  2. Drill a hole right at the center of the dent.
  3. Insert the dent pulling tool inside the hole.
  4. Try to pull the dent puller towards you until it pops out.
  5. Once the dent pops out, remove the dent puller.
  6. If the dent has been removed, fill the hole with the body filler and cover the area with touch up paint.

Remove Car Dents By Suction Cup Dent Puller:

Most non violent way of popping out minor car dents is using a dent puller which when combines with air compressor attempts to pull it by creating a suction. Therefore I would call it as a suction dent puller. Following are the steps to use this tool effectively.

  1. Clean the area with water and a piece of cloth.
  2. Combine the dent puller ( suction dent puller) with an air compressor and activate it.
  3. keep the dent puller on the area of the dent.
  4. Make sure that there is no gap or space left open between the dent puller and the dent area of the car. As any space left opened will make it impossible for creating a vacuum and no suction would be created.
  5. Once the dent puller is nicely placed it will attach to the car's metal where it has been placed. This will testify that the tool is working effectively.
  6. Pull the tool towards yourself. Since there's a vacuum between the car body and the dent puller so the car dent will also tend to pop out with the dent puller.
  7. That's it. You are done. De-activate the air compressor, remove the dent puller and ta-daa!!! The minor dent on your car is a history.

How To Remove Relatively Larger Dent From A Car:

If the dent is relatively larger to pull it from a dent puller you can use a small sledge hammer and a small 2"x 4" wooden block. Follow these steps.

  1. Remove the upper layer of the dented area from inside the car. For instance if you want to remove dent of a car door. Reach inside your car and remove the clothing or leather layer from inside your car so that you reach the effected region from inside.
  2. The area must be popping out from the interior side as it must be appearing as popped in from outside.
  3. Take a wooden block and keep it on the surface area of the dent area.
  4. Now take a hammer and hit the block with the hammer. Make sure that you hit the block gently or you will cause a permanent damage to the car body.
  5. Your job is done once the dents pops out from exterior and the body returns to it original position.
If the text is becoming difficult for you to understand, watch the video below. Explaining the above methods in visual.

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Marlene said...

Thanks for the tips! I'll take note of these. My husband's going to need this. Gosh, he better start being careful when he takes the car out for a drive. He's been going to the best auto repair shops to have our car fixed for collision repair in Dallas. He's been in an accident for about three times already! Good thing that the shops there do a good job. Now, with these tips, I hope he can fix the dents by himself, or at least do a temporary fix before he goes to that auto repair shop we go to in Dallas. Dent repairs there don't take that long.

Alecia Crown said...

Thanks for the tips. I'll use this next time whenever I get a dent that actually resulted to something I did. The dents in my car right now were caused by another group of people. According to my personal injury attorney in Los Angeles, I can have the car repairs paid by the ones who caused the accident.

It's a good thing that I know a personal injury attorney. Los Angeles has a lot of repair shops, so I think it won't be hard for them to have the car repaired.

Garry Brei said...

Removing dents from your car usually depends on how big it is. If a dent is too small or not even noticeable, these tips are a big help to you, especially if you're on a tight budget. However, if a dent is too big, you should leave it on the hands of the professionals.

saad said...

@ Garry Brei

Sure one must only put his hand on something if he's confident that he's not going to mess it up any more.

But if one can afford, then why not give it a shot? You'll come to learn after few failed attempts.

Stephen Schaunt said...

It's okay if you can fix the dents yourself. If it's from an accident, and you're not the one who caused it, ask for the help of the person who caused that dent. Safest option: ask the professionals. Y/N?

Anonymous said...

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Muhammed Khan said...

Thanks Anonymous.
You should try and then comment to share your experience

Flavia Casumpang said...

Hmm…a dent is a serious car body damage. What's worse, your pocket could get hurt if you don't go to the right "auto doctor." How nice of you to give us these tips. They're a quite a useful handful!

Muhammed Khan said...

@Flavia Casumpang
Yeah that's for sure dents bad for your car as well as for your pockets. But if you know how to repair it, you can certainly reduce the distress.

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These are easy steps to repair car dents. My brother will surely be happy to see this since he likes fixing his car.

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I remember the day when my Kia had its first bump. That dent on the front fender really broke my heart, since I had bought the car brand new. I had seen and read about many products on the telly and on magazines too which easily removes dents ‘supposedly’. But they really don’t work at all and even made matters worse by spoiling the paintwork. The information given on this page is very handy and real impressive tips are given here!
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Muhammed Khan said...

@Dawn Preston

It's nice to read your comments. We would really appreciate if you share your experience after applying the tip mentioned in this post.

Your experience could really be helpful for our readers.


Dawn Preston said...

Larger bumps which can be rectified with a mallet can be DIY, however, some nasty ones do need professional attention.

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It doesn't matter where we park our cars, one day, it will be subjected to another car door. When that happens, there will usually be some kind of door dent. That's one reason why I always park far away, yet I still seem to attract dents. Either way, I'm wanting to get them fixed. Would it be better to do it myself or have a shop do it? I'm not that skilled when it comes to cars so I'm leaning a bit more towards the shop.

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Thanks for the tips on fixing car dents! I was in a minor parking lot collision a while ago and have a large dent in the side of my car. I would like to fix it myself if possible since I'm trying to be more frugal. I will follow these steps and hopefully it works out for me!

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