How to Repair Body Damage Using a Dent Puller

Written by nathaniel miller
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Auto body damage is something that every car owner tries to avoid, however, sometimes it is just inevitable that your vehicle will suffer a few dents or dings. Taking your car to a body shop in order to have the damage removed is one option, however there is a less expensive option available to do-it-yourself auto mechanics: Using a dent puller to remove the damage yourself. Using dent pullers, suction cup style and drill style, is not that difficult and can be done by almost any home mechanic.

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Things you need

  • Suction dent puller
  • Drill and pull style dent puller
  • Body putty

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  1. 1

    Clean the dented area thoroughly with water before working on the dent itself. This ensures solid contact between the dent puller and the body panel.

  2. 2

    Locate the centre of the dent you are attempting to remove. Attach the dent puller to the centre of the dent. If you are using a suction dent puller, simply place the dent puller on the spot on the car that needs fixed and flip the lever up to engage the suction cup. If you are using a drill-type dent puller, drill a small hole in the centre of the dent and screw the end of the dent puller into the hole.

  3. 3

    Pull on the dent pullers directly away from the vehicle until the dent "pops" out. Examine the body panel and determine whether you need to reapply the dent puller and repeat the process.

  4. 4

    Spread a small amount of body putty over the area that was dented and smooth out with a putty knife. This will smooth out the surface of the body panel and help conceal any remnants of the dent.

  5. 5

    Have the body panel painted at a reputable body shop.

Tips and warnings

  • If possible, use a suction cup style dent puller as it is less intrusive and leaves less of a mark after removal. The drill-style pullers require that you cover the holes drilled with putty and paint.

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