How to pull a dent out of a quarter panel
We understand how frustrating it is to be involved in an accident that damages your car. Fortunately, damaged quarter panels or body parts surrounding your rear wheels are typically simple cosmetic repairs that you may accomplish yourself. You’re probably wondering how to repair the panel, so we’ll go through some of the finest things you can do so that you hardly notice the damage!
Can all car dents be fixed?
1. Most shallow dents may be repaired if they are just cosmetic. You’ll have the most results with tiny, concave dents on smooth surfaces. Even if you don’t have much expertise fixing cars, you may already have the tools you need at home to work on small damage. Some minor dents may be repaired in minutes, while others need a little more patience and hard effort to restore the panel to its previous shape.
- You may still notice some minor damage from house renovations, which may have an impact on the resale value and general appearance of your car.
- Dents on the panel’s edges or wrinkles are more difficult to fix on your own.
2. If the ding has broken through the clear finish, take your car to a repair. When you damage the sealant on your vehicle’s body, it becomes more prone to rust and corrosion. Examine the depression to check if any of the clear coat has worn away or if the panel has a rip. If there is, request a price for your repairs from a local auto body shop.
- If you don’t feel comfortable working on your car yourself, you should take it to a shop.
How do I use a dent removal tool?
1. Glue the suction cup of the instrument to the center of the dent. The majority of dent removal kits include a hot glue gun, a suction cup, and a crossbar for pulling out the damage. Warm up your glue gun and add hot glue to the suction cup’s bottom. Then, push it flat on the dent’s center. Allow the glue to cure for at least 10–30 seconds to ensure optimal adhesion.
- Dent removal kits are available online or at your local automobile supply shop. They typically cost between $30 and $50 USD.
- You may not need to glue the suction cup down if your removal equipment does not include a hot glue gun. Simply press the suction cup firmly towards the center of the dent to secure it to your panel.
2. Connect the suction cup to the crossbar. Insert the suction cup through the hole at the crossbar’s center. Turn the crossbar so that the two feet on each side are on a flat region of the quarter panel. Firmly press the feet on the panel to ensure they adhere to your car. Then, to protect the crossbar from slipping off, screw the knob onto the end of the suction cup.
- If the feet are not placed on a level surface, they will move about and will not draw the dent out.
3. To remove the dent, turn the suction cup’s knob clockwise. To avoid damaging your car, just turn the knob a half-turn at a time. As you turn the knob, the feet push against the body of your car, and the suction cup pulls the panel out. Continue rotating the knob until you see or hear the panel snap back into place. The removal tool will simply come off the panel after the dent is removed.
- If the panel has adhesive residue, heat it using a hairdryer or heat gun until the glue melts. The adhesive may then be easily wiped or peeled from the panel.
- Occasionally, the removal tool will only remove a piece of a bigger dent. If you can still notice damage, adjust the tool’s suction cup to the dent’s lowest point and repeat the operation.
How do I get a dent out of a car with a plunger?
Pull the plunger out of the dent by pressing it into the center of it.
Begin by soaking the panel with water to help the plunger make a stronger seal. Place the plunger’s cup over the center of the dent, but don’t press too hard or the damage may worsen. Pull the plunger straight out so the dent pops out.
- You may need to use your plunger many times to remove the damage.
- Stick with a simple cup plunger designed for sinks and drains since a flange plunger designed for toilets will not provide enough suction.
Can hot water pop out a dent?
If the damage is not on a level surface, hot water may be able to repair it.
Bring a kettle of water to a boil and carry it to your car. Slowly pour hot water over the dent to heat it up and make it more flexible. Then, spray the area with compressed air to swiftly chill it off. If you’re fortunate, the dent will just pop out.
- It may take many full pots of water to heat the panel enough to reshape it.
- You might also try heating the panel with a blow dryer or heat gun instead of water.
- If spraying the dent with compressed air fails, search for a technique to get to the region behind the damage. Once the panel has been heated, use your hands to press the dent out from the inside.
How do I hammer out a dent?
To avoid damaging the paint, tap the dent from the inside of the panel.
Because you’ll need to go behind the dent, you may need to remove a taillight or a tire to get there. Place a dolly, which is a curved metal support piece, on the exterior of the panel so that it follows the curvature of the body of your car. Tap the interior of the panel gently with a soft rubber mallet or body hammer to mould it to the contour of the dolly.
- If you strike too hard, you may break through the panel or cause it to bend out.
How much does it cost to pull out a dent?
1. Dents the size of a golf ball often cost $150 USD or more.
The entire cost is determined on the location, sharpness, and ease of access of the dent. Fortunately, they normally just take an hour to fix. When you bring your car in, ask the technician for an estimate since they will be able to offer you a more accurate pricing after they see it.
- If you have several dents, inquire if the auto body shop gives any reductions so you don’t have to pay the entire amount for each one.
- If your vehicle’s paint job is not damaged, you may be able to discover paintless dent repair services in your region. They will normally come to you so that you do not have to transport your car to the shop.
2. Dents or wrinkles the size of your hand will cost you more than $250 USD.
Larger dents need a lot more labor, and the shop may have to remove other pieces of your car to complete the repair. The cost is also determined by the type of your car and whether or not the surface has to be repainted. When you bring your car in for repairs, show the repairman the damage and ask what the best next steps are.
- Larger dents may need 2–4 hours to fix.
- For more extensive damage, your quarter panel may need to be repaired or replaced totally.
- Larger dents might compromise the structural integrity of your car, costing you more money.