Here Is the Best Way to Remedy Door Dings

December 18, 2019 7:34 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

At some point, no matter how careful you are, you’re going to get a ding somewhere in the body of your vehicle. It follows, then, that at some point you’ll be researching how to get the ding out. While you can take your vehicle to a local body shop for repair, there’s a possibility you can save some money and remedy the situation yourself.

With this in mind, here are some tips for how to remove door dings in Visalia, CA:

  • The plunger method: In some circumstances, you can use a simple plunger to fix small- to medium-sized dings. Start by splashing a bit of water on the dinged area and the plunger itself. Then push the plunger against the surface and continue to push and pull using the plunger’s suction action until you pop out the ding. You’re going to want to use a cup plunger for this process—one that’s designed for a sink, not a flange plunger designed for toilets.
  • Using a hair dryer and compressed air: Another common DIY ding removal method is to use a hair dryer and compressed air, both of which are items that can be frequently found around a house. Heat the car dent with the hair dryer at its hottest temperature, which will help expand the plastic on the car door. Once the area is hot enough, take the compressed air can, turn it upside down and spray around the area. The cold air will cause the plastic to quickly contract, forcing the dent back out.
  • Use boiling water: There are some circumstances in which attempting to push out the dent with force or suction will not work because of the stiffness of the plastic material. This can be resolved by taking boiling water and throwing it on the dinged area. This can make the plastic more flexible and make it easier to use either the plunger method or the compressed air method.
  • Use dry ice: While dry ice is most commonly used as a cooling agent, it can also be used as a means of removing small dents and dings from a vehicle. Make sure you wear protective gloves to avoid burning yourself. Then, hold down a piece of dry ice over the dent and rub it until the dent pops back into place. As long as the dent isn’t too deep, this should be an effective method. You may wish to heat up the area first to make this method even more effective.
  • Vacuum cleaner and pot/bucket: If you need a bit more suction power than you’re getting from a plunger, you can try using a shop vacuum and a pot with some tape. Make a hole under the pot or bucket and tape the pot around the dent. Put the vacuum hose over that hole beneath the pot and then turn it on. Press the pot against the dented area to begin the suction.

For more information about how you can remedy door dings in Visalia, CA, contact Toms Body & Paint, Inc. today.

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