While you may need to visit a body shop to repair large dents and issues, there’s nothing stopping you from fixing small dents in your car’s body at home. In fact, you don’t even need any experience working with cars or car repairs in order to fix them,
You will, however, need some tools.
Thankfully, there are a variety of common household goods that you can use to fix your car. Interested in learning more? Here are 5 different ways to get a dent out of your car.
Use a Hairdryer
One thing about newer cars is they’re no longer made of metal: they’re made of plastic. This makes at-home dent repair much easier.
Plastic has the ability to contract when exposed to cold and expand when exposed to heat. You’ll find this is beneficial, as it allows you to move and set different parts of your car however you need. A hairdryer is a good way to do this.
Plug up the hairdryer, turn it on, and hold it over the dent. Make sure to move it around to disperse the watts evenly. After a few minutes, you’ll be able to push the dent back into place for a paint-safe dent repair.
Use a Vacuum and a Bucket
Another method for removing dents is through suction. This will work to physically pull the dent out of your car. For this technique, all you have to do is cut a small hole into the bottom of a bucket – big enough just for the nozzle of your vacuum to fit. Then, place the bucket with the nozzle attached onto the dent and turn it on. This will help pull the dent out.
Use a Plunger
Like with the vacuum, a plunger will help pull the dent out of your car. It’s an easier method, though – all you do is pull!
While it may come as a surprise, sometimes, the only thing you need to get a dent out of your car is two pots of water. Like with the hairdryer, this technique utilises plastics ability to contract and expand depending on temperature. First, you’ll want to take a pot of boiling water and pour it onto the dent in your fender or bumper. Note, you’ll need to get your hand on the other side to push the dent out, so you may want to remove the piece from your car. You may also want to wear gloves. After you pour the boiling water onto the dent, you’ll want to push it back into its original place. Then, pour cold water onto it to set the dent back in place for a smooth finish – plus, no paint damage.
Use a Tool
When all else fails, you may want to consider investing in a tool. A tool like the Wrighteu paintless dent repair kit is designed specifically for removing dents from your car, making it better suited than things you may find around your house. This dent removal tool in particular utilises suction and a crank to help physically pull your dent back into place.