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Repairing dents and scratches

I have three teenage children, so our second car is constantly getting scratched and dents. I can't take it in every week to get repaired so I need to have a good relationship with my local auto body repairer. They know me really well, and they give me some little decant pots so I can at least do some small repairs at home to make sure the car body doesn't get damaged while I'm waiting to get into the auto painters. This blog is all about avoiding car damage when there isn't time to get small dents and scratches repaired.

Tips When Removing Dents From Your Car Door

Dents on your car door can appear without warning. They often are caused by tight parking spaces when another vehicle is pulling out or pulling up beside your car. No matter what causes the dent in your car door, it is possible to have it removed using a few different types of tools. Before you begin removing a dent in your car door, it is important for you to be aware of the most helpful tips that are designed to restore your car door to its original dent-free appearance.


If you do not have car dent removal tools on hand, it is possible to use your household bathroom plunger when trying to remove a dent from your car door. There are car dent plungers that you can buy from an auto store, but a household plunger can be almost as effective depending on the size of the dent. If you have a large dent in your door that does not feature any type of crease, you can likely use a household plunger to remove the dent. Applying petroleum jelly around the edge of the plunger can help to improve the seal when it is attached to the dent. You apply the mouth of the plunger to the dent on the bodywork of the vehicle and pull tightly. Make sure that the plunger is centered on the dent. You will most likely be able to pop the metal on the door back into place.

Dent Puller

When you are dealing with dents that have creases, it is best to use a dent puller. This is a type of tool that you can use to remove dents in the bodywork of your car, but it will require you to first drill a hole in the center of the dent. You will then insert a wire tool into the hole that you have created to pull the metal back into place. The dent puller tool will remove dents of all sizes, but you will have to repair the hole that you made in the bodywork to allow room for the dent puller. This makes the removal process a bit prolonged when you use a dent puller instead of a dent plunger.


If you are going to fix the dent in the door from the reverse of the bodywork, you can use a mallet tool. The mallet tool can be used on the reverse to pop the bodywork back into place, but you first have to have access to the reverse of the bodywork.

If you are unable to fix the dent yourself, look into a professional panel beater