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Old 03-18-2014, 02:32 AM   #1
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Best way to get minor dents out

Not looking for perfection here but there are some dents that I'd just assume not be there.

Anyone know what mechanics charge to pound little dents out? And how hard is it to do yourself? I saw some guys on youtube doing it. They had a "Hammer and dolly". The dolly is basically a handheld anvil that you put behind metal you're going to hit with the hammer.


Anyway, just curious.

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Old 03-18-2014, 06:26 AM   #2
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I think it was on an episode of Fast N Loud that I saw this. But he took a torch and heated the metal around the dent which caused the metal to go back to its old shape from memory. Not sure if this even work like they say but some other will chime in also.

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Old 03-18-2014, 07:30 AM   #3
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Buy the tools and do it yourself. It's easy.
The little trick is learning when it is too far gone to be banged or pulled out. (Usually more of a fold then dent)
There are a ton of different ways to do it. You can hammer it out as you stated. Pop a rivet into the center and pull it out. You can buy a dent puller. If it is too far gone cut the section out and weld a replacement.
I've done it with a couple of well chosen rocks. I've Even welded a chain to the center,hooked it around a tree and backed the vehicle up to pull the dent.
There's not much too it.
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Old 03-18-2014, 05:11 PM   #4
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Have you considered paintless dent repair. They can usually clean up minor door dings and the like for a lot less than conventional body & paint.
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Old 03-19-2014, 01:05 AM   #5
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tell me more about dent pullers... that looks promising.
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Old 03-19-2014, 06:41 AM   #6
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There are different kinds but basically it is a rod that attaches to the center of the dent and has a big hammer like ring on it. You forcefully slide the hammer away from the dent and when it impacts the stop on the end of the rod it transfers the force to the dent and pulls it out.
If that helps. Lol
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Old 03-19-2014, 07:40 AM   #7
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if its on a flat panel try a toilet plunger,,,,i have used that alot..
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if its on a flat panel try a toilet plunger,,,,i have used that alot..
Rear right corner of the car is pushed in a bit.
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Old 03-19-2014, 04:11 PM   #9
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Yeah If its a decent sized dent a plunger will work in a pinch
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Old 03-19-2014, 11:04 PM   #10
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Be carefull when using heat, when metal bends it also streches, when you heat metal it explands so if you heat metal to straighten it you end up with more of it, then it's out the other way. If you use heat on sheet metal, when you get it close put ice on it to make it shrink. "spelling" oh well!

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