How to use a suction dent puller

Written by c.l. rease
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The slightest amount of pressure will put a dent in the light gauge sheet metal that covers automobiles. To repair the dent, a handy tool is a suction dent puller. These pullers create a vacuum in a rubber cup. The vacuum keeps the puller tight to the vehicle's body, letting you pull the dent out.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Soapy water
  • Sponge
  • Clean water
  • Suction dent puller

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  1. 1

    Clean the dented section of the vehicle body with soapy water and a sponge. Pour clean water over the dent until no dirt and soap residue remains on the sheet metal.

  2. 2

    Turn the thumbscrews located on either side of the rubber suction cup counterclockwise. Flip the screws away from the puller handle.

  3. 3

    Position the bottom of the cup over the centre of the dent. Flip the screws toward the handle of the dent puller. Gently tug on the puller handle. Tighten the thumbscrews if the suction cup does not hold tight to the surface of the sheet metal.

  4. 4

    Pull the handle of the dent puller away from the vehicle body until the centre of the dent pops out.

  5. 5

    Loosen the thumbscrews. Flip the screws away from the puller handle to release the suction cup from the sheet metal. Remove the puller from the sheet metal.

  6. 6

    Move the suction cup over toward one side of the dent. Repeat the process of tightening and pulling the puller to remove any remaining sections of the dent.

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