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How to Repair a Car Dent

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April 26, 2016

Repair a Car DentRepairing a large car dent will require a trip to a repair shop like ours. But if the dent is very small, you can fix it yourself. With a few simple tools, you can fix dents on the cheap. Here are a few tried and true methods to repair a car dent.

  1. Specialty Kits – Probably one of the first things that catches your interest when researching how to fix a dent, specialty kits can be useful. While they have a shaky track record, most are relatively cheap which means you can still save money with a single purchase over a trip to the repair shop.
  2. Plunger – Arguably the most well-known method for removing dents, a sink plunger, also known as a cup plunger, will work on most small and medium-sized dents. Apply water to the plunger and the dent then push and pull. The suction will remove the dent.
  3. Hot Water – Plastic bumpers aren’t known for their flexibility and a dent can be hard to remove. To make popping the dent out easier, remove the bumper, pour boiling water on it, then push the dent out. The heat should make the plastic easier to maneuver.

How to Remove Scratches

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April 7, 2016

How to Remove ScratchesCovering up scratches is easier said than done and specialty kits don’t always get the job done. While touchup paint is an option, it’s often noticeable, even from a distance. A blemish on your otherwise perfect car is no good, and if it’s a large scratch, you can bring it in to our service center. But if it’s something small, you can fix it yourself. Here’s how to remove scratches using things found at home.

Before you get started, check how deep your car’s scratches are by dragging your fingernail over them. If your nail gets caught, the scratch may be too deep to fix at home. Clean the scratches so there’s no dirt or grime around them otherwise it could get rubbed into your car’s paint.

Once you’re ready to get started, grab a tube of toothpaste and a damp, soft cloth. Add a few dabs of toothpaste to the cloth and rub each scratch in small circulation motions. Depending on the size of the scratches, the result could be immediate or you may need to keep rubbing for a few minutes.

To speed up the process, use a drill with a buffing attachment. To check if the scratches are gone, lift the cloth. Once they’re gone, you’re all done!