Repairing a dent in your favorite vehicle can sometimes sound like a pain or make you cringe at the thought of what work may be involved to fix the dent. In truth repairing a minor dent really isn’t as bad as it may seem. Let’s start off by looking over what materials you will need to fix the dent in your car.
1/8 in. (3 mm) twist drill bit
Dent pulling tool
Medium surface-conditioning disk (for drill)
600-grit wet-and-dry sandpaper
Small block of wood
Touch-up car paint (same color as the vehicle you are pulling the dent out of)
Spray primer for cars (usually can be found wherever spray paint is sold)
Before beginning you will need to determine whether or not the dent you are trying to repair has any wrinkles in it. If it does then you will need to bring it to an auto-body shop. If not then continue on to step one. If your vehicle has a large dent sometimes it may be easier to just replace the entire dented panel. Call a few salvage yards as they can give you prices as well as let you know if they have anything you need in stock.
Step One: If the dent you are trying to pull out is located on a door then you will need to remove the inside door panel first. Once you have the inside door panel removed you will need to find the center of the dent. Drill a hole in the deepest center part of the dent using a 1/8 inch twist drill bit. Large dents may require you to drill more holes.
Step Two: Thread the dent-pulling tool into the hole that you just drilled. Pull on the dent-pulling tool to pop out or flatten the dent. If you pull the metal out too far simply tap it back lightly with a metalworking hammer.
Step Three: Connect the medium surface-conditioning disk to your drill and then grind all the paint down to bare metal. Be sure that you do this extending at least 1 inch around the dent as well.
Step Four: Fill the entire area with body filler and then allow it enough time to dry. Always follow the directions that come with body filler carefully.
Step Five: Wrap a piece of 36-grit sandpaper around a block of wood and then begin sanding the body filler down, eventually using a 120-grit piece of sandpaper. Sand the filler down until it perfectly matches the original contour.
Step Six: Use a spray primer for cars and prime the entire area. You’ll want to apply six coats of primer, allowing the primer to dry between coats.
Step Seven: Using a piece of 600-grit wet-and-dry sandpaper you’ll want to sand the primer just enough so that it removes any scratches.
Step Eight: Using a touch-up paint for cars that matches your car color touch up anywhere that needs to be touched up with paint. If paint is not smooth simply resand and repaint the area again.