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If your car has a dent in the body then you must rework it back to its original form. Collision repair techniques have a number of powerful tools that can do this with relative ease. But what if you want to ‘Do It Yourself’? Here are the three main steps to making car dents a thing of the past:
Step 1 – Assess The Damage And Pick Your Tools
Every dent has its own characteristics, meaning there are a number of unique repair methods to choose from depending on the type of dent.
Just for example’s sake, let’s say you want to remove a large dent that’s at least a few inches long, with a circumference that’s several inches.
First of all, you need to measure the exact length and depth of the dent in order to figure out what type of tool you’ll need without too much trouble. Dollies and hammers are among the most commonly used tools when it comes to dent removal.
They are available in a large variety of sizes, weights, and shapes, so you need to make sure you have the size of the dent written down for easy reference. The shape of the dolly must be matched perfectly, but you may have some wiggle room when it comes to your hammer. Sometimes even the most modest size can help you get the job done.
Step 2 – Determine The Front And Back Of The Dent
Hammering out a car dent requires that you have access to it from each side, which means access to both the outer surface and underside. In some cases, you may have to take fenders or door panels off of the car for an adequate repair.
From there, you should place your dolly on the outside of the dent and hammer against it from the inside. The dolly is essential to stabilise each tap sufficiently.
Step 3 – Hammer Away
Now it’s all about completing your hammering. You can’t just lay into it, however, you need to start from the centre or deepest point of the dent and work your way outward.
You must also exercise some care as sheet metal can be quite thin and can be easily stressed if you exert too much force on it.
So, start out by using less force than you think you need. You want to use as little as you possibly need in order to reform the metal to its original position.
Short, gentle taps are often all that’s required. As with any DIY project, fixing a car dent yourself is very doable, but you need some serious forward planning and patience.
If you have the right tools available and you go about the fix with great care, you should be able to do it without too much of a problem.
Please note that you may need further sanding or repainting in some instances. If that’s the case, be sure that your work space allows for healthy air circulation, and be sure to take a look at our other articles on spray painting your car.