How to Remove Dents on Appliances

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Dents on your expensive household appliances not only reduce the value of the appliances but also affect how you feel about the look of your home. Dents are going to happen no matter how careful you are. The long life of today's appliances mean that they are with us longer and therefore are at an increased risk of getting banged around due to increased exposure. Dents and dings are easily removable from your appliances, and you can do it yourself at home using items you may already have handy.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Compressed CO2 air duster
  • High heat hair dryer
  • Heavy gloves
  • Dry ice
  • Dent removal kit
  • Polishing cloth

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Instructions

    Canned Air and a Hair Dryer Method

  1. 1

    Heat up the metal around the dent for about 45 to 90 seconds using a hair dryer on the highest setting.

  2. 2

    Turn the can of Air Duster upside down so that the liquid CO2 will be expelled instead of the compressed gas.

  3. 3

    Spray the liquid CO2 onto the dent and surrounding area for about 10 to 15 seconds.

  4. 4

    Step back and wait; the dent will pop out on its own.

  5. 5

    Wipe the area clean with a polishing cloth after the ice has dried.

    Dry Ice and a Hair Dryer Method

  1. 1

    Heat up the metal around the dent for about 45 to 90 seconds using a hair dryer on the highest setting.

  2. 2

    Apply a large piece of dry ice to the very centre of the dent. The dent will quickly pull out. Be aware that when the dent pops, the dry ice might shatter.

  3. 3

    Buff the area with a polishing cloth.

    Dent-Removal Tool Method

  1. 1

    Make sure the area of the dent is dry, clean and free of any oils, waxes or polishes.

  2. 2

    Apply the extractor tip to the centre of the dent using the special adhesive provided in the kit.

  3. 3

    Place the leverage bar or tripod (depending on your kit) over the extractor tip rod, and secure the wing nut or turn the handle to the rod.

  4. 4

    Turn the handle or nut slowly until the dent pops out. Be aware that once the dent starts to move, it will pop out quickly and with a slight bit of force.

  5. 5

    Buff the area with a polishing cloth. You may need to gently wipe away any remaining residue left behind by the special adhesive.

Tips and warnings

  • Heavier metals will require more heating time and will cool down from the heating faster.
  • You may need to apply a thin coat of automotive wax if your appliance's finish appears slightly dull after using the hair dryer.
  • It is important to first apply heat when using the dry ice, or the dent may reappear when the metal warms.
  • Be very careful dealing with the hot metal to avoid injuries and burns.
  • Make sure to wear heavy gloves when handling dry ice, and do not allow the ice to come into contact with your skin as a serious burn may result.
  • Do not breathe in the CO2 vapours from the dry ice as persons with sensitive respiratory systems might experience difficulty breathing or discomfort.
  • Do not allow the liquid CO2 from the canned air to come into contact with your skin as it will cause instant frostbite.

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