How to Remove Hot Glue from a Dent Puller

What You'll Need
Hair dryer
Putty knife
Cotton swab

With the help of glue a dent puller is a great tool to have at your disposal when you own a car. There is always a possibility that you will get in to a car accident. Something as benign as accidentally backing your car in to a pole can cause a mild to serious dent. These are the times when a dent puller will come in handy. You use glue with a dent puller in order to affix it to the dent to create a strong seal. Using such a tool will prevent you from having to drive around with a car with dents or from having to spend hundreds to take it to the body specialist. After you remove the dent, glue may still remain on the dent puller. The following article will show you how to remove this excess glue from the dent puller.

Step 1 - Removing Residue and Wetness

When you want to remove hot glue from a dent puller you do not want the glue to still be hot. The term "hot glue" refers to glue that is heated by a tool such as a hot glue gun. Trying to remove hot glue from a surface while still hot will spread the glue over the surface, making it more difficult to remove. The surface being wet or containing other residue will also prevent easy removal of the hot glue. A dent puller, after being removed, will often contain certain residue in addition to the glue. Use a rag to wipe down the area to remove moisture and residue.

Step 2 - Heat the Glue

The easiest way to remove the glue from the dent puller is by making the glue pliable without melting it. A hair dryer is perfect. Set the hair dryer to medium heat and slowly heat up the glue. Move the hair dryer over the glue slowly, not letting it sit in one spot too long.

Step 3 - Remove the Glue

Once the glue is heated it will become soft enough to remove. This requires a steady hand and precision. You need to be very careful because you do not want to damage the dent puller. With the glue still pliable place the edge of the putty knife against the edge of the glue blob at about a 45-degree angle. Gently push the blade under the glue allowing it to be picked up. You may need to apply more heat.

Step 4 - Residue

Even though you have removed the bulk of the hot glue there will still be residue left where the glue used to be. Pour a small amount of the acetone in to a cup and moisten a cotton swab with the acetone. Use the cotton swab to scrub the glue residue. You may need to use a lot of strength and firm pressure to remove the residue. You also have to work quickly before the acetone dries. Once the area is rubbed down, use the rag to wipe it down.