How to Remove Dents Without Ruining the Paint

  1. Use a Plunger

    Not only can you unclog a drain with a plunger, you can get out small- to medium-sized dents out of your car too.

  2. Use Boiling Water

    Reversing into an object is one of the easiest ways to get a dent. So for plastic bumpers, even if you attempt to take off the bumper, it might still be difficult to push out the dent because of how stiff the plastic is. Solve this issue by boiling some water in a pot and throwing it on the dent.

    As soon as the water has been poured, reach behind the bumper and try to pop the dent back in. Thanks to heat of the water, the plastic should be a bit more flexible, making it easier to put back into place.

    Since the heat won’t last very long, you’ll have to work quickly. If the dent doesn’t completely go out, keep dumping boiling water on it until you’re finished.

  3. Use a Hair Dryer & Compressed Air

    Another popular method for removing car dents out of plastic material involves using two popular household products: a hair dryer and compressed air.

    Start off by heating the car dent with the hair dryer at its highest temperature, which will expand the plastic of the car. As soon as it’s hot enough, grab the can of compressed air, turn it upside down, and begin spraying that same area. Since the cold air will cause the plastic to contract, the dent will pop out.

  4. Use Dry Ice

    Primarily used as a cooling agent, dry ice can be used to get out small dents from your car. As long as you’re wearing protective gloves, hold down a piece of dry ice on the dent and rub it around until you hear your dent pop back into place.

    Apply the dry ice as many times as you need to, but it should pop out eventually, if the dent isn’t too deep. You can also try heating up the dent first, with something like a hair dryer (similar to the hair dryer and compressed air tip above), and then applying the dry ice to it.

  5. Use a Vacuum Cleaner & Pot

    Suction is one ways to get out a dent, but the problem is finding a dent puller with the right amount of power. Well, why not just create your own? All you need is a pot (or bucket), a vacuum cleaner and some tape and you can get that dent out of your car in no time.

    Simply make a small hole underneath the pot, tape the pot around the dent, place the vacuum cleaner hose over the hole under the pot, and turn on your vacuum. If the dent isn’t to shallow, the suction created should pop out your dent.

  6. Use Hot Glue, Wooden Dowels, & Screws

    When you attempt to take out dents yourself, you always put the risk that you might further damage your car, whether you make the dent worse or chip the paint. A safe way of trying to take out big dents on your car is by using several wooden dowels, a few screws, and a hot glue gun.

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