How to fix a car dent with a plunger

Updated April 17, 2017

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

Things You'll Need

  • Household plunger
  • Petroleum Jelly
  • Bucket of soap and water
  • Cleaning rags
  • Dry cloth
Cite this Article A tool to create a citation to reference this article Cite this Article

About the Author

Kenneth W. Michael Wills is a writer on culture, society and business. With more than 15 years of experience in sales, public relations and written communications, Wills' passion is delighting audiences with invigorating perspectives and refreshing ideas. He has ghostwritten articles on a diverse range of topics for corporate websites and composed proposals for organizations seeking growth opportunities.