Car maintenance: Common ways for DIY dent removal - Fact or fiction?

Updated Aug 17, 2022 | Same topic: Handy Maintenance Tips

Here comes with different ways and tricks on how to repair small dents in your car!

Dings! Scratches! Dents! Yep. That’s what we are going to talk about in this article, the annoying dents. How much more annoying can dents in our car get? Even if we take extra care to avoid getting one on our car, things beyond our control can still cause these nasty dents.

car dent

How much more annoying can dents in our car get?

Yeah! We’re talking about those dents you get from someone else's car door. Our baby getting dents because of another car owner's recklessness. How frustrating is that? It's like something is itching in your brain and you can't scratch it out.

Continue reading below as will discuss the DIY's rolling out on the internet on how to remove dents and dent repair shops. But first, let me remind you why resolving your dents is important.

1. Why is it important to remove dents in your car?

Reason #1 – Risk of rust

If your car is dented which resulted in a crack or damage on the paint that left an opening on the metal part of the car then, you are giving rust a chance to develop. You might be thinking that it is just a spot. Well, rust expands! Start thinking and resolve them.

rusty car dent

An opening on the metal part of the car gives rust a chance to develop

>>> Related topic: How to deal with rust on your car.

Reason #2 – Damaged Paintwork

The first layer that protects your car is the paint. If it is left unattended your paint will eventually flake off that starts in the dented area. Also, this could affect the appeal of your car as might be noticeable.

Car dent

If it is left unattended your paint will eventually flake off that starts in the dented area

Reason #3 - Impact on resale value

This should make you think twice. This might not be on your plate at the moment but now or later you are going to want to resale them and you would not want a lower resale value right. Yes, all dents count when it comes to resale value.

Car dent

Dents affect the resale value of a car

>>> Check out right now: How to Increase Your Car’s Resale Value?

2. DIY dents removal: Fact or fiction?

There are tons of DIY tutorial circulating on the internet most especially on YouTube. Where is it is very easy to follow. Of course, do it yourself is way cheaper than getting a professional do it. But is it worth it or are they a FACT or FICTION?

With a hairdryer?

You need the following;

  • Hairdryer
  • Heavy-duty gloves with rubber coating
  • Compressed air

Step 1: you need to heat the dent with a hairdryer, hold it between five to seven inches away from the dent or your car.

Step 2: using the gloves, check the malleability of the metal after two minutes. If you feel a movement when you touched it continue to the last step.

Step 3: spray the dents with compressed air. Continue to spray until the metal on the dented area pop out and back to its original shape and appearance.

Spraying the dent with compressed air

Spray the dents with compressed air

This could be considered a 20% FACT. Well, your chances of succeeding. Why do you ask? Because this depends on the age, the maker, and the size of the dents. So, unless you have all this knowledge and expertise, think again!

With a plunger?

This is the most favorite DIY in removing dents. This is told to be affected on small to medium-sized dents located mostly on the vehicle door, hood, or roof.

  • Sponge with enough water
  • Cup plunger

Step 1: Use the sponge with enough water to lubricate the edges of your cup plunger.

Step 2: Gently press inward the lubricated plunger and make sure it is tightly sealed.

Step 3: Pull the plunger, the suction should pop the dent back to its original form if the plunger is still unsealed.

repairing car dent with plunger

The suction should pop the dent back to its original form if the plunger is still unsealed

FACT! This all works best if applied with heat. But it still depends on the size of the dents.

>>> That's why there are: Simple hacks on how to repair car dents without costing you a fortune.

With dry ice?

  • Insulated gloves
  • 109.3 degrees Fahrenheit of dry ice
  • Heating tool

Step 1: Apply heat on the surface of the dent as hot as you can.

Step 2: Wear your insulated gloves when holding the dry ice and don't let it touch you if you don't want to get frostbitten fingers.

Step 3: Put the dry ice in the middle of the dent and rub the area with dry ice. Hold it approximately 15 minutes or longer.

FICTION! You might see improvements but the environment of the location where you are trying to repair your car will likely make the dent appear again.

Using Boiling Water and a Plunger to Remove Car Dents - Does it Work?

With boiling water?

This most likely will work on bumpers made with plastic.

Step 1: Prepare the boiling water

Step 2: pour it on the dent.

Step 3: push out the dent with your hands by reaching under the bumper.

3. Dent repair shop

Let's give the DIY dent removal a fair game here and discuss the pros and cons of a dent repair shop.

  • They have experienced skilled professionals in the dents repair shop
  • They can assess the dents further and diagnose it properly.
  • They can do the correct procedure in fixing it.
  • They can save you time, energy and save money.
  • Much better and professional result
  • Preserves the value of your car.
  • You can rely on long term solution for your dents.
  • You have to find or ask for a recommendation from your friends and family for a trusted and quality dent repair shop.
  • It might take some time to finish the repair.
  • It cost more than DIY dent removal dents.


So, DIY dent removal or dent repair shop? Which is better? DIY car maintenance kit is way cheaper than getting a professional to fix your dents, all you need is the tool. But the truth is, this is a 50/50 chance, or even 30/60.

All kinds of repair for the dents depends on some factors; the maker of the car, the material, age of the car, the size, and the extent of the damage.

car dent repair

All kinds of repair for the dents depends on certain factors

Is it worth it? There is an underlying cost if you mess up. But if you have experienced and a professional yourself, then you can repair it yourself and save yourself some money. However, for the inexperienced, doing a DIY repair may be too daunting of a task.

Like what I have mentioned, dents, dings, and scratches can affect the resale value, think wisely. Going to a recommended dent repair shop should give you a guaranteed result and save your car from further damage.

>>> Click here to get more useful tips and advice for car owners.

Hanna Sanchez

Hanna Sanchez


Hanna is one of the most competitive swimmers in the country during her day. It was not long before she discovered her passion for the automotive industry as well. Nowadays, she balances her passion through writing as well as coaching.

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