How to fix a car dent with a plunger

Written by kenneth w. michael wills
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How to fix a car dent with a plunger
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A time-tested technique for removing small car-dents can often be accomplished with a household plunger. Small dents and dings are inevitable for some drivers, but you can quickly remove a dent if the damage is not severe. Keep in mind that the household plunger won't induce a miracle. A plunger will not help with a large dent, or one with extensive paint damage.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Household plunger
  • Petroleum Jelly
  • Bucket of soap and water
  • Cleaning rags
  • Dry cloth

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  1. 1

    Clean the area around the dent with soap and water, wiping away all dirt and dust. Use your cloth to completely dry the area. This will give you a better view of the dent and help determine whether it can be repaired via the plunger method.

  2. 2

    Apply a small amount of petroleum jelly to the bottom rim of your plunger; this will allow it to form a better seal when you place the plunger over the dent. The tighter seal allows the plunger to create more suction.

  3. 3

    Place the plunger directly over the dent and firmly push it into place. Make sure the plunger covers the entire dent.

  4. 4

    Push in on the plunger to create suction. Quickly pull out with the handle to "pop" the dent.

  5. 5

    Inspect the area to see if the dent popped out completely. If it is only partially repaired, repeat the process.

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