How to Repair Dents and Scratches On Your Car?
Dent repair problems and scuff marks on a car don't always require you to rush to the first body repairer. Find out how you could make these repairs with simple tools and sandpaper. Are you a good judge of parking spaces? Do you assess the entire parking lot before finding the space that you think is the safest? What a frustration to find that a careless driver has scratched or stamped your carefully parked car. Dents and scratches on a car vary in size and complexity. Before making an appointment at an expensive auto body shop, learn to recognize the damage you could fix yourself and find out the best ways to do it.
Repairing Dent Problems:
You don't have to specialize in cars to successfully restore minor dents and scratches to your car. Restore your vehicle's appearance, value and appearance with the help of these helpful tools:
- Suction Cup - If the dent is relatively large, but there is no other damage (such as a hole or crumpled metal), use a basic household suction cup, or a specialized suction cup for cars, in order to straighten the body.
- Mallet - If there is a relatively large dent that you can access from the rear (on the hood, for example), carefully straighten the metal using a mallet. Keep an eye on the front of the dent to make sure you are not straightening the metal too hard.
- Metalworking Hammer - If you have access to the back of a small dent or uneven dent, use a metalworking hammer, covering it with fabric so as not to damage the metal. As with the mallet, carefully strike the metal to straighten it, being careful not to warp it.
- Hump Puller - If you can't access the back of the line, you can get a line puller at your local hardware store. This gadget requires you to drill (with immense care) a hole in the bump. It should be just wide enough to insert the wire part of the line puller. Then insert the wire in the hole and put the metal back in place. You then need to plug the hole, sand it and paint it.
Polishing Scratches on the Car:
A shallow scratch (which doesn't hold the nail when you run your finger over it) can be repaired relatively easily at home. Clean the scratch and carefully sand it with 2000-gauge wet sandpaper (available at most auto parts stores). While sanding, wet occasionally with water. Once the scratch is barely visible, use a polish instead of water. The scratch will go away soon.