Regardless of how careful you are with your vehicle, it’s bound to acquire a few dents and scratches here and there. When it does, you may wish to restore the bodywork to like-new condition. While you should turn to an auto body shop for more extensive repair work, you may be able to buff out minor dents and scratches on your own. Read on for tips on how to do so for the best possible effect.
Use a Plunger
Minor dents on the surface of your vehicle that are not overly creased may be remedied with a sink plunger or a specialized car dent plunger. Note that you should not use a standard toilet plunger, as this can do more harm than good. To prevent causing further damage to your vehicle, moisten both the dent and the plunger before going to work on the dent. Then, simply push and pull until the dent pops out.
Use a Hairdryer
Hot and cold work wonders on vehicle dents. Turn a hairdryer to its highest setting and direct the heat toward the dent. This will cause the dent to expand ever so slightly. Almost immediately after the surface of your car begins to expand, point compressed air at the dent to force it to contract. The combination of hot and cold will give the metal no choice but to assume its original shape.
Pour Boiling Water Over Your Bumper
If you bumper is the damaged body part in question, fixing the dent may require little more than a pot of hot water. Carefully pour boiling water over the damage part of the bumper to soften the metal. Once it begins to soften, reach behind the dent and push. The metal should be pliable enough that the dent will seamlessly pop back into place.
If you’re dealing with a small scratch that doesn’t go deeper than the surface, you may be able to hide it with touch-up paint. Before you apply paint, however, you’ll need to prepare the scratch by rubbing it away with fine sandpaper. Once you the scratch becomes barely visible, apply compound to the sanded down area. Once it dries, apply a layer of touch-up paint. Wait until it dries to apply additional coats. Once you’ve achieved the desired color, apply a clear coat.
Know When To Hire a Professional
Not every dent and scratch can be remedied with DIY methods. For larger cosmetic issues, let the professionals take over to ensure a smooth and seamless finish. If you’re dealing with anything more than a minor body issue, contact Quanz Auto Body for the professional fix your car deserves.