Fixing Small Dents

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated May 28, 2010)

It might be a little intimidating to attempt any type of home auto body repair, but fixing small dents is an easy way to learn.

Before tackling this project, keep in mind a few pointers. If the dent is on the bumper you want to be careful in the drilling stage so that you do not pop the tire. Not only is it frustrating to have another project come up in the middle of one you are working on, it could be harmful to you. If the dent is a large one (larger than a hard-backed book), you might want to just replace the panel that the dent is on. It would be easier and cheaper.

If you don't have some of the equipment that is mentioned in the article, you can buy or rent it from an auto parts or hardware store.

  1. Drill. Take a regular drill, and in the center of the dent make a small hole. Remember that when the dent is on a bumper, or anywhere near a tire, be careful that you don't pop the tire.
  2. Pull. Take a dent pulling tool and carefully insert it into the hole. Gently pull outward until the dent pops or appears flat. Remove the pulling tool.
  3. Rubber mallet. Reach behind the dent with a rubber mallet and gently knock the dented area until it is smooth. It might be necessary to crawl under the vehicle. Use a mechanic's dolly or a child's skate board to help you get under there easier.
  4. Fill. Fill the hole with a body filler compound (like Bondo) and allow it to dry. Then take some sandpaper and smooth it out so it is level and flush with the rest of the car.
  5. Paint. Finally, take some touch-up paint that matches your paint job, and re-paint the area you just worked on. It might take a few coats, but once you are done your car should look as good as new.

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Lee Wyatt

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