How to Use a Dent Puller

Paying to have dents fixed by a shop or the manufacturer can be time-consuming and expensive. A dent puller, on the other hand, can be as cheap as a few dollars, and can get the same job done quickly. By simply using the dent puller correctly, you can get rid of dents in your vehicle, and forget about the cause of the damage.

Clean the surface of the dent and the area surrounding it. Use standard glass cleaner, or some other all-purpose cleaner for this. Get the surface as clean as possible, so that the puller adhesive will stick as required.

Following the instructions for your dent puller, twist the centre and edge nobs until they are completely loose and in ready position. Most likely, a diagram of the ready position will be included in the instructions for your dent puller.

Place the adhesive that came with your puller kit on each of the suction pads. Spread a thin layer and make sure that you will have enough to completely cover all the pads.

Place the puller on the dent by first placing the centre pad in the middle of the dent, then place the outer pads two to three inches away from the edge of the dent.

Hold the pads firmly in this position for five minutes. Then, allow the adhesive to dry for five or six hours before continuing. This will give the adhesive enough time to set.

Once the adhesive has dried, twist the central pad handle counter-clockwise. Do this slowly and carefully, so as to not break the adhesive. Keep twisting the pad handle until the dent pops out.

Twist the nobs on the outer pads counter-clockwise as well. This should break the adhesive. If some adhesive remains, remove the pads using a flathead screwdriver.

Once you have removed the dent-puller, clean up any remaining adhesive residue.


Paying a few more dollars for a more expensive dent puller can be a good idea. The puller will not necessarily be better, but the adhesive will.


Always use caution when working with toxic and flammable chemicals such as adhesive.

Things You'll Need

  • Dent puller kit
  • Large flat head screwdriver
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Tyson Simmons started writing professionally in 2005 and has worked for multiple media firms and publications, including "EQ Automotive" and various websites. He mainly covers the automotive and technical fields. Simmons has an English writing certification from Uintah Basin Applied Technology College and is also A+ computer repair certified. He is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in English writing at Utah State University.