Six Quirky Ways To Remove Dents From Cars, And One That Actually Works
When it comes to auto dent repair, we like to think we know a thing or two about best practices. We’ve been in the business for a while, and specialize in hail dent removal, so we have had years of experience to try different things to figure out which methods work best. However, we decided to take some time today to talk about different tricks that people swear by when it comes to dent removal – and why they probably aren’t the best idea. Check out these classic dent removal hacks, and then find out which method actually works.
- Boiling Water: This trick supposedly works on both plastic and metal parts of your car. The idea is that if the body near the dent is too stiff, boiling water will help soften it enough to be able to pop the dent out. Pour the water onto the dent, and reach around to the underside of the body panel and pop it out. Oh, did we mention you’ll have to remove your door panel, bumper, etc. to do this one? And chances are you’ll still have a lumpy finish. That sounds like a lot of work for a flawed result.
- Hair Dryer and Compressed Air: Okay, we’ll admit, the boiling water trick might work, but your end results won’t be great. This trick simply sounds absurd. Like boiling water, this one involves heating up the area around the dent with a hair dryer, which causes the material to expand. Then you turn a can of compressed air upside down and spray the dent. The freezing cold air makes the dent contract, returning the car back to its original position, right? Wrong. Check out this video of a person attempting this method of dent removal and ending up with chipped paint as a result.
- Wooden Dowels and Hot Glue: Anything that involves gluing something to the surface of your already damaged car should send you running for the hills (or to your trusted auto dent removal specialists, Hail Depot). For this dent hack, use wooden dowels or pegs that are about 3-4 inches long. Hammer two nails into each dowel, one on either side, so it resembles Frankenstein’s monster from the 1935 Bride of Frankenstein film. Then using a hot glue gun, glue the dowels to the car around the dent, and use the nails as finger grips to pull the dent out. If you ask us, this sounds like a good way to damage your paint and possibly injure yourself.
- Plunger: And you thought plungers were only good for one thing! Are you down in the dumps about a dent in your bumper? Some people swear by the old plunger trick, but we think it’s a load of — okay, maybe we shouldn’t make plunger puns. Most people could probably figure out this one on their own, as it involves the same concept as plunging a toilet or a sink. Simply suction the plunger to the middle of the dent, and start pushing and pulling until the dent pops out. This may work on larger dents, but it won’t stand a chance against small dents and dings caused by hail. And just like the other methods we’ve discussed so far, you won’t end up with a smooth finish.
- Dry Ice: Not only will this one not work, it’s also dangerous without the proper safety equipment. Dry ice is generally kept at temperatures nearly 110-degrees below zero and can freeze skin cells, resulting in injuries similar to a burn. For this “dent removal”, if you could call it that, rub dry ice over a dent until the car magically pops back to its original shape. This supposedly works the same way as the hair dryer trick, by causing the metal or plastic to contract back to its original status. However, this won’t work on any dents of significant depth and won’t completely smooth over small dents.
- Specialty Tools: There is an array of gimmicky tools online that you can spend a bunch of money on an attempt to use to remove dents. They range from strong magnets to suction cups. These, like many of the above methods, may work to pull out a dent, but it’s not going to ever look the same. More importantly, these are usually intended for larger dents and not the small hail dents and dings that we specialize in at Hail Depot. There is really only one method for dent removal that works, doesn’t chip your paint, and makes it look like the dent never happened in the first place: Paintless dent repair.
Paintless Dent Repair (PDR)
We’ve talked a lot about paintless dent repair here on the Hail Depot blog. It’s our specialty, after all! For an in-depth look at everything that PDR involves, check out this blog, or this one. Essentially, paintless dent removal, repair, or PDR for short, is a method of dent removal that is specifically beneficial for hail damage repair. This method involves using special tools including metal rods and body picks to gently push or massage the dent out from the underside of the body panel. Sometimes we will use a specialty glue and tab to pull the dent from the outside of the car (similar to the dowel and hot glue method, but much safer for your paint), but fine-tuning and restoring the panel back to pristine condition requires the patience, dedication, and know-how of trained paintless dent removal technicians.
Trust Hail Depot For All Hail Dent Removal Needs
We at Hail Depot specialize in auto dent removal and car hail damage repair. Specifically, we use paintless dent repair to ensure that your paint is never harmed in the dent removal process, saving you the worry and cost of needing paint touch-ups. Contact us today to find out what we can do for you!