How to Remove Dents From a Car Door

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How to Remove Dents From a Car Door
Small dents can be removed with the right technique. (jp: commons.wikimedia.org)

A dent in your car door can be an eyesore. While many turn to a bathroom tool for the answer, tackling the dent with a pink rubber plunger in hand, this method may not be the one for you. Small dents can be handled with a lot less effort with the right know-how.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Hairdryer
  • Can of compressed air
  • Clean cloth
  • Dry ice

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Instructions

    Removing Dents with Compressed Air

  1. 1

    Heat the dented area with a hairdryer for 30 seconds. Move the hairdryer to heat the area evenly.

  2. 2

    Set the dryer aside quickly so the area doesn't cool and then spray evenly with the compressed air.

  3. 3

    Allow 15 to 30 seconds for the dent to pop out on its own. Repeat if necessary.

  4. 4

    Wipe the area clean with a soft clean cloth.

    Removing Dents with Dry Ice

  1. 1

    Heat the dented area evenly with a hairdryer for at least 30 seconds.

  2. 2

    Hold a piece of dry ice in the centre of the dent for 15 to 20 seconds.

  3. 3

    Remove the dry ice and wait for the dent to pop out on its own. This could take up to 30 seconds.

  4. 4

    Repeat as needed and wipe the area clean with a soft clean cloth once the dent is gone.

Tips and warnings

  • For large dents, contact an auto body specialist.
  • If your car has been sitting out in the sunshine all day and is already warm, you won't need to use the hair dryer.
  • Wear gloves when handling dry ice.

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