Simply Repair Dents on Your Automobile
Fixing a dent in your car door doesn't have to put a hole in your wallet. You could remove these bumps yourself, without special tools. To find out how, read on.
Dent Your Car Yourself:
Repairing a dent on your car can be expensive, especially if the job is done by an auto body repair shop. However, it is possible to remove some dips, small dents and creases without professional assistance. And this using simple items that you may already have at home. This method works best on a dent that is at least eight centimeters in diameter. If it is not very deep and is near the middle of a flat metal panel (like the one in the trunk, or on your doors or roof), this method may help.
You Will Need:
- A hair dryer;
- Sturdy rubber gloves;
- Dry ice or compressed air;
- Aluminum foil (if you are trying the dry ice method).
Step One: Heat the Bumpy Area:
Put the hair dryer on "medium" or "hot" and apply heat to the damaged area. Hold the dryer two to seven inches from the surface of the car to avoid damage to the paint. Apply heat for about a minute or until the area becomes warm to the touch.
Step Two: Isolate the Affected Area:
Place a sheet of aluminum foil over the surface to be treated for insulation. This step should only be performed if you are using dry ice rather than compressed air.
Step Three: Apply Dry Ice or Compressed Air:
Be sure to wear durable rubber gloves to protect your skin from frostbite. If using dry ice, gently rub a lump over the isolated area until you hear the dent click back into place. If using compressed air, turn the bottle upside down and spray the damaged area until it is covered with a layer of liquid ice. Liquid ice forms as a result of the compressed air cylinder being sprayed while it is overturned.
Step Four: Wait for the Dent to Snap Back into Place:
A few minutes after applying the dry ice or compressed air, you should hear a noise indicating that the dent has been repaired. And that's all you have to do. Simply remove the aluminum foil or remove all traces of compressed air. Your car will appear like new.