How to Fix Car Dents and Dings Inexpensively
A dent or ding in your car can be both frustrating and unsightly. However, fixing them at a professional body shop can be expensive. Fortunately, there are inexpensive ways to fix car dents and dings by yourself. Here are some effective methods for doing it on a budget.
1. Plunger Trick
The trusty bathroom plunger comes in handy when trying to fix shallow dents on your car. First, clean the area around the dent with soap and water then wet the end of the plunger. Place the plunger over the dent’s center and push down to create suction. Pull the plunger back forcefully several times until the dent pops out.
2. Boiling Water
This method works best for plastic bumpers with minor dents. Pour boiling water over the affected area and, wearing protective gloves, reach behind the bumper to push out the dent. After that, pour cold water over it to set it in place.
3. Hairdryer and Compressed Air
For this method, you’ll need a hairdryer, a can of compressed air, and protective gloves. Heat the dented area with a hairdryer for about 2-3 minutes from a 6-inch distance. Without allowing the metal to cool down, put on your gloves and spray compressed air over the area for about 20-30 seconds. The sudden temperature change will cause the metal to pop back into shape.
4. Vacuum Cleaner and Bucket
Create a makeshift suction device using a vacuum cleaner with a hose attachment, a medium-sized bucket, and tape or plastic wrap. Cut a small hole at the bottom of your bucket and cover it with tape or plastic wrap, leaving only enough space for your vacuum hose to fit through tightly—this will create a seal. Place your bucket’s open end against the dent and use the vacuum cleaner to apply suction. The dent should be pulled out as the vacuum starts.
5. Purchase a Dent Puller Kit
Investing in a dent puller kit is an affordable way to fix dents quickly and effectively. These kits typically include a suction device with a pulling handle or a glue pulling system. Follow the instructions in the kit and watch online tutorials to get the best results.
By using these budget-friendly techniques, you’ll save money while restoring your car’s appearance. Remember always to be cautious while trying these methods and practice safety measures to avoid causing further damage or injuring yourself. If you’re worried about potentially worsening the dent, consult a professional for assistance.