There are many ways to get dents. Sometimes you’re hit by a car, or come back to your car after grocery shopping and see a new shiner donning one of its front fenders. Either way, it’s an inconvenience, especially if you’re trying to sell your car, or if you care deeply about its outer appearance.
Luckily there are several methods for getting rid of dents or, at the very least, erasing the appearance of a dent. Keep in mind that dents are mostly harmless, and don’t typically inhibit the car’s performance in any way. If the paint chips to expose the metal underneath then that might pose a problem in terms of rust and should be addressed as soon as possible.
If you get a dent on a front fender, perhaps the best way to fix it is to remove the fender and use a hammer or rubber mallet to pound it out from the inner side that faces the car. Afterwards, you can sand down the paint and use putty specifically designed for cars to make the surface smooth again. Big dents are the easiest to take out, and sometimes you can even hit the center of them with enough force causing them to pop back out.
On some cars, the worst places to get dents in is the quarter panels because sometimes it’s one big piece of the body that stretches over the top and sides of the car. The removing panels method wouldn’t really work in this case unless you wanted to cut it off and re-weld it, but no one in their right mind wants to do that. In the event of a dented quarter panel that cannot be taken off easily, you can go purchase dent puller tools to make your job much cheaper than taking your car to a shop.
If the dent is small enough, no matter where it is you can always use putty to fill it in, but to do that method properly requires special circumstances including a dust-free environment. It will also require high caliber skills to properly sand it down, apply primer, paint it, and clear coat it. It’s especially difficult to match the color of the new paint to the rest of the car.
Keep in mind this all pales in comparison to the precision and craftsmanship of a reputable body workshop. Unless you used to do car bodywork, taking your car to a good shop will yield the best results you’ll ever get. That being said, bodywork for the sole purpose of repairing the damage that could potentially cause much bigger problems down the road doesn’t need to be pretty, it just needs to function so the car doesn’t suffer even more damage.
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