Remove Car Dents Quickly and Cheaply

By Paul Michael on 20 April 2007 (Updated 8 June 2011) 276 comments

Dents suck. And so does the cost to repair them. My wife's car has a ding in the door that's really been bugging me, and as a frugal shopper I wondered if smarter folks than myself have ever figured out a cheap way to repair dents. Good news...they have. (See also: 6 Slick Tools to Save Money on Car Repairs)

After doing a lot of web browsing I found many ways. But I don't have the cash for my own electromagnet, or the skills to do paintless dent repair (look either of these up, they take time and money...and a lot of skill). No, I wanted a quick, cheap "10 minutes or less" solution. And I found two. Ladies and gentlemen...welcome to the two minute body-shop. The tips below are for dents. I have another post if you want to repair scratches.

1. Remove a dent with dry ice

You can find dry ice in many places these days, even your local grocery store. It's cheap too, around $2 or less for a pound (you can buy it in bulk online for even cheaper). All you do is touch the dry ice to the dent for a few seconds and repeat the process until the dent is gone. Wear dry ice gloves though.

2. Remove a dent with a hairdryer and an air duster

I like this one even more, namely because an air duster and a hairdryer is readily accessible in most homes these days. A slightly different process, but still very quick, cheap and easy.

3. Remove a dent with a lighter, aluminum foil and an air duster

Thanks to several WB readers for pointing this new addition out. It's very similar to method #2, and please take note of the use of aluminum foil. I wouldn't want any of you to burn your paintwork. As you can see, and hear, this one works a treat.

Use any one of these and you'll have an almost invisible fix in no time. Plus, you won't have to be without your car while it's in the shop and best of all, you won't have to spend a ton of cash on a repair. A frugal fix indeed.

UPDATE (4/23/2010): Two videos that appear to offer contrary opinions

We like to give a complete picture here at Wise Bread. Well, since this article was posted several videos have come out that claim to debunk the methods, or give new ways to use them. You decide.

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Basil

This comment addresses the hilarious dioscussion about wood.
-When wood burns, it is actually gasses that are burning; gasses released from the material due to heat. Same with gasoline: it does not burn by itself. It is the fumes emanating off surface of this liquid that combust!
-as a btw: wood burns from the outside; never from the inside. Reason why lumber beam supports are preferred over steel beams - in residenrial construction.

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Toni

Hello,

My son't GF has a brand new PT cruiser and sat on the hood and it dented. He tried using a plunger but it would not remove the dents. Before I advise them to try one of the two or possibly both methods above, has anyone experienced any damage at all to the paint? The poor girl's parents are flipping out on her as is.

Thanks very much~

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still trying

Hey Toni, I tried the second method, canned air and it didn't work for me. The dent was fairly deep about 1/2" so maybe that's why it didn't work. It didn't do any damage to the paint job and I tried it several times. Hopefully your son's girlfriend will have better luck. Hey did you have any damage with the plunger??? I might give that a try.

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Pam

I guess your son owes her a new hood. I would flip out too if so if someone dented a brand new car I purchased.

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Geo Storm Kid

yeah, my dad told me years ago about the dry ice soluton, my dad was a auto body mechanic for a long time. and we did it to my 92 storm and brought the big dents out, and about that pt cruiser, a plunger will work lol, just go to your local plumbing store and find a wide bass one. dip it in water before you you make contact with the dent so it will seal the lock. it will take a lttle force. but i promise that it will work. im going to school for auto body. if any body else has any questions. hit me up at.... volcom4life870@hotmail.com

and my name is jo...

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Geo Storm Kid

" fibercast " s a fiberglass material that youll need to take out the smaller dents.....

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ha ha!

that's the best one I've heard this week!

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These types of repairs will only work on a very limited number of dents. Someone else said only on dents you could push out with your hand if you had access to the back of the panel and that is probably describes it well. Of all the dents you get in a car these methods might work on one percent of them. Most dents and dings will stretch the metal enough that it will not be possible for heating and cooling of a panel to bring the dent out. Even some dents that don't look stretched will have metal displaced out around the dent that will hold that dent in unless the pressure is released. I would be a bit cautious about trying to remove a dent because sometimes you can do enough damage to a dent that will make it impossible for a professional to take it out when it could have been fixed without painting before you mucked it up.

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ARRRGGGHHHHH THE DRY ICE AAARRRGGGHHHHHH!!!!

06 GTI HOOD RUINED!!!!

DAMN MY EYES!!!!

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Lucille

I did this on the back hatch of our SUV. It has a huge smooth indentation from where one of the juvenile delinquents in our neighborhood kicked the door of the truck.

Sunny hot afternoon plus hair dryer plus canned air. It pulled half of the dent out. I used the purple canned air sold at Target. I would suggest a different brand. This can didn't get as cold as some others do. It also had a bittering agent to prevent inhaling. The residue in the air from emptying the can landed enough of the bittering agent to taste it on my lips all day and it didn't just wash off.

I probably could have pulled the rest of the dent out if I had more than one can. So next really hot day I am going to be armed with three cans to see if I can get the dent all the way out.

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did anything happen to the paint?

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Any kind of look removing dents from metal bumpers, like on my GMC Yukon... Nice dent in the left rear bumper..????????

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amycanada77

Hi I have a fairly large dent on the front hood of my car and am wondering if either of the 2 methods above will cause paint damage to my vehicle? Apparently, a previous poster, has said that dry ice ruined their paint....anyone else?
Thanks
Amy

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Stores that cater to PROFESSIONAL electronic technicians should have "freeze spray" in pressurized cans that is used to thermally cycle electronic components (to find intermittent problems). Perhaps that might work better than the canned air found in "sell-all" stores... .

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Jeremy

Thanks for the tip, compressed air in a can worked great to take out a shopping-cart dent in the quarter-panel. Took three or four tries on a hot (85deg) sunny day (no hairdryer used, although I was ready to buy one just for this if it would work!) I used a 3M Dust Remover can from Staples, and it didn't use up more than a fraction of the propellant in the can. And no paint damage, not sure how it could do that unless you try to wipe off the ice crystals before they melt, or your can of air has a different propellant in it. Thanks again!

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Frank

i have similar situation. got a very small ding on front passenger door and it's on the most outward spot. have you try any method?

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Hello,
I just wanted to give a professionals point of view. When you have a dent in whatever panel, whatever size the metal will be stretched to some degree. Another poster hit on this and was correct in many points. If the stretched part ( crown, ripple, these are covered below ) is not taken care of first, it's like a fist holding on to the edge of the dent and it wont release the metal. Imagine a rug on a hardwood floor, if it is slid or pushed a little it will have ripples in it like waves. If you don't pull the rug a little to release the first ripple then the others won't release ( make sense )? If a dent is by a bodyline it will not repair with the ideas we are reading on here. If there is to much depth to the dent it will not repair with these method or methods.
Another poster said they were able to remove part of a dent in their suv on a hot day. THIS will happen in some instances depending on depth and location. The part that didnt come out is more then likely positioned over a support ( impact ) brace and won't release any further if it over a brace. The most important thing to remember here is metal has memory and it could be a day or a year etc. the dent will pop back in due to the metal Having memory, and the memory was never addressed.
I own a Paintless Dent Repair Company and someone also said that paintless dent repair companies use dry ice when repairing hail damage. WRONG< WRONG< WRONG... The process of paintless dent repair is using rods ( metal ) from the backside of the dent, thus we have to gain access to that part of whatever panel the dent is, i.e. taking a tailight out to gain access to your rear quarter panel. Next we need to address the crown or ripple so the dent will release, we use plastic knock downs ( look like a large golf tee ) and we knock down the crown so the metal is level around the circumferance of the dent. Sometimes we have to knock down so much ( taking a dent the size of a golfball to a baseball ) to release the metal. Kind of like taking a wine glass and knocking down or spreading the damage out to resemble a martini glass. You try to push up on the bottom of a wine glass it won't release and it will wrinkle up and never repair. Theres nowhere for the metal to release , move or bounce. If you imagine a martini glass its wider and more plyable and thus will move more generously. ( make sense ) Final step we take the lowest part of the dent up to the next lowest part of the dent and so on. In this process, we are teaching the metal new memory to where the dent won't re-surface.
I guess, I'm all about trying new things and such, but you can make it worse then better and its always more expansive to have to repair something that has been tried before in the wrong way.
Paintless dent repair is a very good alternative repair process then what you are accustomed to from a body shop.. Most dents and or hail damage can be repaired in one day, smaller single dent jobs can be done in hours or less, and for way less then a body shop repair.
Those pesky door dings from other doors or shopping carts etc. can usually be repaired for as little as 50 to 75 bucks and on your lunch time or whenever.
Good luck everyone, but help yourselves out and investigate Paintless dent repair companies in your area. It's also known as PDR.... Since I typed all this I guess I'll include our website, look at the before and after pictures for reference.
www.autoworkspdr.com

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I'd love to use a PDR company, however after a recent hailstorm, my 1990 Sentra has oh, about 3 hits per INCH on it. With a book value of less than a grand, I can't really justify spending $50 per hit to bring out the dents. The hood alone would run me 3k. So, THANKS to the dry ice and compressed air tricks. Going to see if I can't at least minimize some of the damage to my little car.

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My friend tried the blow dryer method with C02 about a year ago on his car and dent never came back. So your absolutely wrong on your analysis. I think its time to change your profession?

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prem

sir,

I am impressed with your comment. I need your idea/help/advice on how to remove a dent of a petrol tank of a motorcycle which has a small mouth and without cutting the tank and without losing the paint outside of the tank.

Thanks in advance for your response.

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I try it twice it didn't work with compressed air

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Happy Guest

Method #2 works for me. I had a VERY noticeable ding (3 quarters a inch) on front driver door near the edge of the door. After few tries with hairdryer and 3-5 seconds Memorex AirDuster, the ding is now merely noticeable. I would say it is back to 98% of the original.

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Ryan

Hey Frank i havent tried it yet.....but i just wondered about the whole paint issue if it ruins my new paint ill freak....so i was waiting till i got a final response on that...lol why dont you try it with the air duster first...lol let me kown then...

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If your having problems try it on a random car with a dent. There should be no paint issues with it if you let the crystals dry first. Do it exactly as it's done in the video and you should be fine. Don't believe me? I had several dents in my Mercedes, a hot air blow dryer, and a can of this stuff took most of them out. The car looks great, It even took out a hail damage type dent aht I got form something falling on i suppose. TRY THIS it works for most dents.

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XBrav

Wood makes liquids... therefore it must be skilled at being a liquid.

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liquid wood

My wood makes liquid.(Different Thread)

I hit someone and left a tiny dent, no scratch. His insurance wants me to pay 14 hundred bucks. I want to try this first.

From Japan.

Thanks for the thread.

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SHUTUP!!!!! THERE IS NO SUCH THIS AS LIQUID WOOD YOU STUPID RETARD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU ARE AN IDIOT GO TO COLLEGE STUPID. The liquid state of a molecule or element has to do with its polarity. Like water is a liquid because of hydrogen bonds. the hydrogen is attracted to the oxygen atom of another H2O molecule. Not everthing can be a liquid. some go straight from a solid to a gas, like wood would do.

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for some reason i don't think the term "wood" was used literally lol but everybody seems to get all angry about it. I can bet it has some sexual conotations :DDDD

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maleena

I was wondering if the process of hair dryer/co2 dent removal would work on large dent about the size of a basketball?
How long do you heat the dent with the blower before spraying the liquid co2?

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I WAS WONDERING THAT TOO- I HAD AN "INCIDENT" WITH A TREE A FEW YEARS BACK (caps, sorry). I think I'm going to try the plunging and can of air method, but I doubt it will work for me since it is fairly deep. I figure, what the heck. My car is old and whenever I trade it in, it will probably be used for scrap anyway. Anyways, here's hoping.

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I have access to R22 so I think I will try it. Its a liquid and gas.

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Keith

I tried both methods on small hail dents. Neither removed the dents. It's hard to say if they were reduced in size, since they were already pretty small and I didn't measure before and after. I tried the dry ice on a larger dent and it noticeably reduced it in size but didn't remove it all they way.

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I just received a very small dent in the driver side door of my car from some inconsiderate(and probably jealous) person who parked next to me. I have a new Bentley Flying Spur and I was considering method # 2 to attempt to remove the dent but I wanted some input from some of you out there before I attempt this. Would I be crazy to risk my paint on a car like this by attempting this???

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Yes, I have a Rolls Royce Phantom, and while I was at Walmart, some inconsiderate and probably jealous person--the same as hit your car, perhaps?--smashed into my Rolls with a cart. I thought about spending some of my squillion dollars on a proper repair, but would rather risk my Phantom's appearance and je ne sais quoi by having one of the servants attempt a repair that I found whilst browsing here at the frugality Web site. Cheerio!

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cwj

And you want to try this?

And you think the person next to you was jealous?

Call the body shop. Have them come get the car and fix it.

Better yet, tell them it's a Bentley and they'll probably just bring the shop to you.

Better yet -

drive the car with the dent.

There can be few things on wheels more poetic than a shiny Bentley Silver Spur with a big ole dent in it.

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i have a few small dents on the side of my car (people who don't know how to park, and also kids with bikes banging their handle bars on my car) i got a paintjob not to long ago and it cost me a lot of money so i don't want to try these methods and risk f*cking up my paint, it's a color changing metallic black to red, will this mess up my paint?

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The first method did not work for me, but probably because I was doing it in August.

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it work very well for me too.i saw another video http://www.metacafe.com/watch/963248/remove_car_dent_with_a_lighter/
i tried this method too.unbelievable the dent is gone.
but i do have to heat 1 minute instead of 30 seconds

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i just tried the lighter method.Holy S**t what a good job.
Thanks a lot a lot a lot wisebread.

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thomas

where is this video(the lighter method) ??????

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sheila

Method two only worked slightly as only half of the dent came out so now it looks more like two dents.
I suppose this is because the dent is too big or maybe because its cold outside. I'll try again when it gets warmer I suppose.

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DentTime

I'll settle this right now. I've been performing professional paintless dent removal for over 17 years. http://www.denttime.com If a dent was to come out with compressed air and a blow dryer, it would come out anyway without it in the first place.

Try taking that no good method and use it on your own dents. I guarantee that 99.9% of you won't be able to get real results. Notice I said "real."

Removing a dent takes way more physics than you think. It's actually called "physical" labor used with special steel rods and tools. Here's a link if anyone wants to see how dents are performed as a craft. http://www.denttime.wordpress.comThe only type of dent that "might" even come close to being removed with compressed air would be a flat and shallow dent that you could take your hand and pop out anyway.

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I agree one could parobably pop the dent out by hand, except most of us don't want to tear apart their interiors in order to remove the internal panels enabling access the metal underneith. I will go with the dry ice/CO2 can method, thank you very much.

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leo

will method one or two work on a hood from the underside of the hood?

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Frak

More importantly, "English."

Still. Great post.

Yes, I know I'm a jerk. But I'm also right.

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Doug

I just wanted to post my experience with this method because it may have saved me some money.

The other day, I backed out of my garage and almost missed, but side swiped my in-laws car at a very slow speed causing a dent in the front right quarter-panel about the size of a desert plate. The initial part of the dent did have a slight crinkle effect in it, but the remainder of the dent was just that without any indication of metal damage. I tried to take the headlight out to get behind the dent, but couldn't remove it all the way and didn't want to do more damage to my in-laws car. I couldn't access the dent from inside the wheel wall because of all the plastic covering attached with non-reusable rivets. Basically, I figured I was in for a $100-$150 bill for someone to fix it.

I viewed the video, read the articles (many of whom argued about physics, elements, gases, liquids, solids, etc.), went to Office Depot and purchased the smallest can of liquid air or whatever you want to call it. Came home, got the hairdryer and started warming up the dent. As I was warming it up, I thought this will never work...I sprayed the liquid on it, and waited for the ice to melt away, and sure enough it DID NOT come out. So I had some liquid air left and figured I might as well try it again. This time I sprayed all around the area of the dent, and the next thing I did was, once I had the area sprayed, I massaged the area with my fingers around the dent, and pop, it came out. The finished product was 95% fixed, but that crinkle I talked about earlier did not come out, and as the gentleman said earlier, when metal is truly bent, not bowed, you have to use tools to make that perfectly smooth again.

My advise would be to try this if you have a dent that is shallow and looks like it could be removed with the tap of your fist from the back side, but don't expect miracles in metal repair using a hairdryer and a can of compressed air. My father in-law hasn't seen any of my repair work yet as it was my mother-in-law visiting, and I may still have to pay someone to remove that little BB sized dent, but at least it looks better than before. If it were my car, I would be very pleased.

Here is what I used on what. I used one 3.5 ounce can of Office Depot brand cleaning duster ($6.99) & my wife's hairdryer on a 2006 Buick LaSabre. Hope this helps out anyone who is considering using this method of dent removal.

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sam

this new metod with a lighter work perfect for me.:)
http://www.metacafe.com/watch/963248/remove_car_dent_with_a_lighter/

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... is that if you know where to look for the dent, you will always see a little mark ... that's why these techniques are primarily used by caryards.

But, if you are selling the car - or don't look TOO close - or don't care ... then using these techniques (or even professional PDR shops that use funny-looking tools to 'massage the dents out') can save you a bundle!

Thanks for the great tips! AJC.

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you can also use a large flood lamp if you have one... those things get pretty darn hot... i'll try it on my 2007 lexus to try to remove the door ding... wish me luck

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Well some asshole smaked their car door into mine.....sob! I cant tell you how pissed I am.....anyway,a hairdryer you say.......did anybody even think about a heat gun???.....borrowin one tomorrow to try

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A heat gun would likely burn the clearcoat or paint. Be careful.

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Well some a-hole smaked their car door into mine.....sob! I cant tell you how pissed I am.....anyway,a hairdryer you say.......did anybody even think about a heat gun???.....borrowin one tomorrow to try

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Bosanac

Listen bro i dont use air dusters for my laptop nor did i ever use it, and every science class i passed it either with a C or D (mostly D) so i need to know does this CO2 thing need to be 'liquid" or "gas"?

aahhaha down here they ask me a 'math question' saying 1+3 to confirm im not a hacker or something hehehe funny stuff. thanks for ur help in advance.

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Just get your car fixed by the professionals by people such as AJ above^. But if you do try it please video tape it and post up your results because there is nothing funnier than a dumbass that doesn't know what they are doing and is destroying their own car to save a buck. :P

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Why are you trying to scam people. Its not hard to see that you are making some kind of profit off of people that sign up. Why dont you take that website and shove it stright up your p00per a$$hole.

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I had a 3" light dent on my rear quarter so on a hot day, over 80 degrees, I let my car sit in the direct sunlight till 3pm. I was about to heat it up with a hair dryer but before that I pushed on the metal from behind the dent. I have a hatchback and through the little panel I could reach in push from behind. Guess what? It actually popped out because the metal was so hot, being heated by the sun for 9 hours. Anyways, there was a little ding left that I tried the Hairdryer/C02 trick on and it didn't come out but overall I got a HUGE portion of the dent out and am very satisfied. Put your car in the sun and give it a try!

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Dude everyone needs to chill out about the whole liquid wood thing. Im pretty sure the person was just joking and making fun of the person talking about the liquid co2. Can someone please post some informative RESULTs not just replies and questions like this one?

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Yoshimitsu Hajki

Yeah i just got a brand new corvette, and i was at the local Food-4-Less and i parked far away and to my surprise mother nature's wrath of wind had blown a cart clear into the path of my left rear quarter panel. I was angered by this. I need to know if you guys think i should try any of these methods. I am unsure and i don't want the pant to be ruined. Thank you Yoshimitsu Hajki

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J-KWON

DAS WHACK i be shoppin up at dat food fo less. das be some good eatins yo dawg u shouldnt be trippin try dat method 2 that works miricalse ya digg

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Ummm, isn't the Corvette's body fiberglass?

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I would say that you will not be able to do any of these methods,since the extereior panals for the corvette mostly plastic or some other type of resined fiber.

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angela

i looked specifically for some that had co2 and found it (also contains isohexane and ethanol) and sprayed a small sopt on my car a few minutes ago just to check the paint wont come off... however, it wasnt ice- like and now im wondering if i have the right kind... also i didnt turn the can upside down, but i really dont see how that could make a difference. any input?

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I cant believe how much time has been wated on this whole debate on wether CO2 can be liquid and if there is liquid wood. this whole thing is about dents! not chemistry!

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Car Dent/Car Ding, with scratch, brother and sister fellow friend out there? do you think it possible to fix the ding?

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Didn't work at all for me. There was a tiny barely visible crease and that may have prevented it. The pop-a-dent kit didn't work either on the small 2" dent, but it did work on the 5" dent. Popped it right out so you couldn't even tell. I'll try the flame method today on the small one. Maybe I'll get lucky cause it is around 93 degrees out now.

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I was standing in line at a shoe store when all of a sudden a woman insisted that her 9-year-old niece get in line in front of me. It seemed pretty apparent that the adults in this poor kid's life had no interest in teaching her right from wrong, and when I wouldn't allow the girl to cut in front of me, the woman, WITH THE CHILD IN TOW, left the store and keyed the hood of my car with obscenities. Nice, huh? But all that is neither here nor there. Does anyone know if the lighter method will repair a key-scratch, or is that not enough of a dent?

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a key scratch is paint removed so it is not really a dent, if you have a dent al or most material is still there, if you have a (key) scratch there is material gone.

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i just spent the most enjoyable 1/2 hour reading all these comments...I had a crease like dent removed by a dent place...a little ripple left in the paint..but you have to know where to look...i have alittle one in the door. If i could just get my spatula in there....but the plunger...love the liquid wood discussion....thank you all for a good time.. cheaper than Atlantic City.....

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tont

I had my car crushed by the scarapyard the other day, then I came across this forum, grabbed a lighter some foil and a can of air and hey presto spanking. Thanks for the info.

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Is it ok to try the hairdryer/air duster technique on the tank of my kawasaki? I wouldn't use the lighter technique, but I wondered if it was safe to try the hairdryer and dry ice or compressed air on the gas tank?

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tatzanx

It's not gonna work on a bike tank. Some people have had good luck popping the tank off, filling it with water, and freezing it. I haven't tried it myself.

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Richard

I tried the dry ice dent removal process exactly as shown on the video to both my son's vehicle and mine over the weekend and the dents appear now as they did before I applied it. I have a 2004 Nissan Altima with a few small dimple dents on the engine hood. My son has a 2008 Mazda 3 with a very shallow depression on the passenger side door just below the window ledge where he dropped a plastic bucket on it. I waited until the sun heated the metal up really well before applying the dry ice. I even made sure to make contact with the center of the dents with the ice. I also continued the application for 3 to 4 minutes as instructed with absolutely no results. I finally got frustrated to the point where I fabricated a tool that I used to massage the dent out of my son's car door the same way the hail damage pros do it.

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My missis opened the door at a mcdonalds drve through hit my landrover door on the keyosk no paint damage but a 5 mil center punch dont would any of the above methods work as i have trauled the net and found no refference to tiny dents anywere.

Second what happend to the after photos you satnd there with the dent tell us how good the methods are how chuffed you are with the result yet no confermation photo results???.

but input in this matter would be appreicated

kind regards
Admin@raveskool.com

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Seems like most of the people who are against these methods are people who get paid to remove dents.

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Hi to every one. I have a loved Chevy Malibu 2005 and from nowhere a dent 2x2 appeared on top of the back drivers window. I am going to try Method 2. Can anyone tell me if DUST Remover is the same as the mencioned Air Duster? Do you think that no damage to the paint will be caused? Thank you! Any tip/answer is welcomed.

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although i've not yet attempted any of these cool dent removal methods but im really attracted towards method 2.but i dont know whether it works on huge dents or not?from ehrer do i supposed to get a liuid compressed c02?

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tony

my IQ just dropped 5 points.... Thanks everyone.

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I have a large dent in my front bumper of my 2007 Mazda 3 from hitting a large raccoon on night. I've been trying to figure out how to get it out, it's a very clean dent, no damage to the car or paint ... just the dent, but it's in the plastic bumper, not the metal of the car.

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Does anybody know if these techniques will work on a metal range hood as well? We just did a kitchen remodel, and we have a small dent on the front face of the hood...

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hunypie

I had a dent on the back of my head. Been there since I was born I think. After using the hairdryer, I sprayed some compressed air on it. Worked great! I'm bald now and parts of my brain no longer function, but the dent is gone. Thanks!

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Lady T

Hello Paul,

Will this work for bumpers? I have a dent in the corner of my bumper.

Thanks,

Lady T

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bronson

Some projects are do it yourself projects and some are not. I had some dents in my car and was looking for the cheapest way to get them fixed. I used a company called Dentmagix. These guys do the PDR, they are like artists, very skilled at their work. It is considerably cheaper than the conventional body shop and alot the major insurance companies have started to recognise this as an option. Check them out.

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Anon

Dented my lambo :( :( :( ... I worked my arse off for this car only to find 2 weeks later when I took it to Sainsburys some c*ck dented it, its blatently a door ding on the bodyline. I RARELY DRIVE MY CAR BECAUSE I JUST STARE AT IT IN MY GARAGE HALF THE TIME (LOL, I KNOW, I KNOW, BUT ITS MY DREAM CAR) AND I CANT AFFORD TO BE RESPRAYING IT ON A REGULAR BASIS.

What is it with this world? people that genuinely work their arse off and buy something they like, is ruined by some piece of sh!t ... I think everyone that plans to buy a supercar is better off not buying it!

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hahaha you guys comments crack me up!!! lol at the WD in the periodic table haha

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pdr tools

The dry ice tricks works, but its really never perfect and only works for the perfect type of dent. If your dent has a 'crease' a sharp edge on any of its outside lines; it will need pdr tools. You can buy these pdr tools from makers like Dentcraft Tools (www.dentcrafttools.com) but it takes about 10 months to become good enough to sell your services.

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will be trying method 2 shorlty- wee let you know how it goes

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will be trying method 2 shorlty- wee let you know how it goes

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I just tried the method 2 on a couple of small door dings and it did not work. My guess is that these methods only work on larger dents, like say the size of your fist.

Door dings probably could be fixed by removing the door panel and using a small hard object, pressing it out from behind.

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Gonna try the #3 method tomorrow. Hopefully it would work.

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I let a trolley roll away once due to two little children being cranky and was devestated at watching this happen. I left my details with the car owner and the whole thing is covered under your home and contents insurance via the personal liability insurance...which I did not know until my car insurance company told me. What a relief for me and the poor man's car door.

Now I have a dent in my car door and no details of who did it!

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Matt

I farted on the dent in my car and it came out. can anybody explain that.

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Nate

So, some f@gotron decided that he wanted to park his huge ford excursion halfway in my parking spot while my car was parked at the airport on business. When I got back and saw him parked that way, I immediately knew he had been a stupid FU(|< and dented my nice dentless door.

I then proceeded to kick three dents in his door and keyed from the front quarter panel all the way to the back door, including one large penis. What can I say, I'm an artist.

wish I could use these techniques on my WRX, but they're too small I'm afraid.

How bout this, when you reply and say "OMGWTFBBQ IT WORKED!!!!!!" please let us know how big the dent was and what method you used, mmmkay?

So, what if your wood became petrified, and then you melted it into a liquid? I know it wouldn't be plain wood, but it would be liquid "petrified" wood, right?

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Did not work for me : {

I tried twice on 2 different dents. Have a 2004 Honda Pilot and first used a heat gun, then a whole can of 3M Dust remover (3.5 oz can). I live in Alaska, so waiting for a really hot day won't work as where I live, 70 degrees is a high temp. One post earlier said that warm days used to bring the dents back out of his grandmas' car. Wondering if this dent removal is possible the opposite way? Going from below zero to suddenly warming with a heat gun or hair dryer?

The heat gun and dust remover did not hurt the paint one bit though.

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Papaseshaw

HAHAHA - this reply chain is AWESOME! I seriously lol'ed at the rolls royce post... However, was deeply concered about the GTI hood ruined post. I plan on experimenting with this dent removal technique later on this evening.

Cheerio! lol!

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will this work on big dents... like maybe 16 inches(ish) across? or if it wont.. any other suggestions?

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Sarah P

When there was all the drama about kids shoplifting canned air and huffing it some companies switched their ingredients away from abusable substances... Is it possible that the people who have not had success with the canned air method might be using one of those brands? I don't know that the ingredients make a difference but it seems like they could.

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Dave

just got into a small accident today beween my mini and a gentleman driving a benz, left paint scuffs on both cars and wide-but-shallow dents behind my passenger door. trying the hair dryer and liquid CO2 method some time in the next week or two. i will remember to report my results here when i'm done.

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For some odd reason I thought this was about getting dents out of cars not a battle of the penis nor a chemistry class...either it works or does not plain an simple!