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Ok, it happened, you are there staring at the dent in your car and you simply don’t want to have to take it to the body shop. So, here are 5 ways you can try to fix it yourself without even ruining the paint.
A sink plunger can be used to pull out a larger dent on parts of your car’s body. All you have to do is to get the part wet that you will work on, suction the sink plunger on the side and pull back the dented in part of your car.
Now cars usually have plastic bumpers. If your bumper got bumped in, it might come back to shape if you boil a gallon or two of water and throw it on the dented on the plastic bumper. Right after you throw on the boiling water, from behind the dent, push it forward to push it back into place.
Instead of hot water, you can use a hairdryer to heat up the plastic and instead of pushing the dented plastic bumper from behind, use compressed air on the area, which might put the area back into place with the sudden change of temperature since compressed air is cold. Another possible cooling agent that can be used is dry ice, but you will have to wear protective gloves to rub the ice on the dent.
Another way of pulling a dent back into place is to use a pot or bucket that will cover the dent. Once you have this part, you only need to put a small hole in the center of your bucket or pot and apply the vacuum cleaner hose on the hole with the bucket or pot covering the dent. Before you turn on the vacuum, tape the pot or bucket to the surface of the car’s body so that it completely restricts the airflow. Once you have done this, turn on the vacuum. When you hear the dent pop back, you can turn off the vacuum.
If you have some patience, you can hot-glue on dowels with pre-set screws onto the dent itself. Once the glue dries, you can pull out the dent by using pliers to pull specific parts of the dent. This technique is not a quick fix, but a safe and controlled one. Once you are done fixing the dent, use a hairdryer to heat up the glue on the car’s body, and pull off the dowels and glue very carefully.
Even though it may not affect your car’s driving capabilities, a dent can be unsightly and make your car look unprofessional. Work to fix the dent if it’s within your capabilities; if it’s not, consider going to a business like Chehalis Collision Center to have it fixed. Some dents can be dangerous to try and fix on your own or too big for simple fixes to help with.