5 Most Important Auto Body Repair Tools for Dent Repair 5 Most Important Auto Body Repair Tools for Dent Repair

Dents can ruin the look of you vehicle but if you own the following auto body repair tools, you may not have to call on a repair shop to have them fixed. This will save money on repair bills typically associated with professional car body repair shops.

Filler

Filler is produced in a paste-like state that comes in two parts. You mix the filler and hardening agent and then apply it to the dent. You can then sand down the filler to smooth it out so it is even with the rest of the car exterior. Using filler is not complicate, but it does involve quite a few steps (sanding, mixing the filler, applying it, sanding again, priming and painting). However, all the ingredients involved are not expensive and taking a few hours to do this will save you a lot of money in the long run.

Hammer

Sometimes, all you need is a hammer to get rid of annoying car dents. You may need to enlist an assistant with this method but depending on where the dent is, you may be able to do it yourself. Hold a wooden block against the outside of the dent and at the same time hammer the dent from the inside. You might just be surprised at how easily the dent simply pops back out.

Suction Cup

Another non-evasive option for repairing small dents is a suction cup which you can purchase at any auto repair store or on the Internet. Start with the suction cup on one outer edge of the dent, press down and pull. Depending on how big the dent is, you may have to repeat this several times to get rid of the entire dent. Ideally you should leave the middle of the dent for last.

Drill

Surprisingly, a drill can be an integral auto body repair tool when trying to make a dent disappear. This will work well with a dent repair kit, which you can buy in most DIY stores and is perfect if your dent is a little more severe and doesn't pop out with hammering or suction. Read the repair kit carefully but most times, you will need to drill a hole in the middle of the dent, insert the pulling tool, pull the dent out and then hammer, fill, sand and paint to completely conceal the spot.

Hair Dryer

Yes, a hair dryer can be an auto body repair tool too. Along with the hair dryer you'll also need a can of air duster which you can find at an office supply store. When you turn the can upside down what comes out of the aerosol can is a gas that along with the hair dryer will help pop the dent out. First, heat the dent with the hairdryer for about 1 minute. Spray the entire dent with the aerosol can, held upside down and wait a few minutes. Like magic, you will see and hear the dent pop out. Wait a few more minutes until the residue disappears and then wipe clean with a cloth.

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