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Four Simple Ways to Remove Small Dents

Posted at Fri, Mar 1, 2019 3:00 PM

Small dents can happen anywhere at anytime. They’re just another annoying part of owning a car, but that doesn’t mean you can’t deal with them on your own. Instead of running to the autobody shop the next time your Toyota is marred by a dent, you can save yourself some money by learning how to remove it yourself. There are a few relatively simple ways to do so and our Westbury Toyota team has put together an easy-to-follow guide so that you can learn these tricks yourself!

Reach for the Plunger

Plungers aren’t just for plumbers – as it turns out, they’re pretty handy when it comes to removing dents, too! A plunger will only work its autobody magic if the dent is fairly small, so keep that in mind! For this process, all you need to do is wet the area with the dent and then wet the plunger. Place the end of the plunger over the dent area and push it up and down repeatedly until the dent pops backs out. It really is quick and painless!

Use Boiling Water on Bumper Dents

If you’ve suddenly got yourself a dent on your bumper, there’s a ridiculously easy fix that won’t cost you a thing. All you’ll need is some boiling water, which you’ll pour over the area with the dent. After you’ve done that, explains the writers of Carlock, all that remains is to reach in behind the bumper and push the dent out with your fingers. In the event that the area in question can’t be reached, you may actually have to remove the bumper and reattach it once the problem is fixed. Once the dent has been pushed out, pour cold water over the plastic in order to cool it.

Bust Out the Vacuum Cleaner

Up next in strange tools you can use to repair car dents is your standard household vacuum cleaner. The only other tool you’ll need for this very simple fix is a bucket. To start, poke a hole in the bottom of the bucket, and then place the top of the bucket firmly over the dented area. Place the vacuum hose over the hole in the bucket and turn it on. From there it’s simply a matter of waiting until the dent pops out. Keep in mind that this fix is best used for dents of the smaller variety.

Grab Your Hair Dryer

This fairly simple dent fix method utilizes a few different tools:

  • A hair dryer
  • A can of compressed air
  • Insulated rubber gloves
  • A soft, clean cloth

Begin by ensuring that the hair dryer is set to a medium to medium-high setting. Hold it about five inches away from the dent and turn it on. You may need to move the hair dryer up and down or back and forth to heat the entire area, depending on the size of the dent. After you’ve heated the area for six to seven minutes, explains Elan McAfee of Your Mechanic, put on the gloves and touch the area to ascertain how malleable it has become, pressing lightly on the outer edges of the dent. If there is some give, it’s time to move on to the next step.

Take the can of compressed air and, holding it upside down, spray the dent. Keep applying the air to the area until the dent regains its original shape (usually about 30 seconds to a minute). Once the dent is gone, clean the area with the cloth to remove any remaining residue.

Small Dents, Easy Fixes

There’s absolutely no need to pay for repair if all your car has is a small dent. You can easily fix it yourself using tools you’ve already got lying around the house, so don’t stress the next time you notice a tiny dip in your bumper. We want to make sure that your Toyota stays in great form, so we highly recommend trying out the methods we listed above the next time you notice a dent.

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