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The 6 Steps of DIY Ding and Dent Repair

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Dings and dents on your car are inevitable and they're almost like a rite of passage in the car ownership world. Fortunately, ding and dent repair is fairly easy and inexpensive. If you're looking to take the reins and do it yourself, look no further than our helpful guide below.

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First, take note of the damage. If there is paint missing or the metal is creased or crumpled, your DIY plan might be foiled, and you may have to take your car to the shop.

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Before you begin, make sure to complete a full wash-and-dry of the area, so there's no interfering particles that could harm the suction process or the paint finish.

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The suction cup method is the most popular technique for putting dents back in place. You can easily do this with a dent puller, which is perfect for removing shallow dents from your car. To use it, you need to push the suction cup directly into the middle of the dent, making sure that you have a strong suction. Next, lock the car dent puller by pushing the handles together. Once it's locked in place, you can start to pull the dent out using muscle power. This process has to be done with firm and steady precision, yanking it out will not do the trick.
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Hammering out the dents is another common method used by the DIYer. You will need a rubber mallet and an old towel (or other cushioning fabric). Wrap the mallet in the fabric before slowly and deliberately working to tap the ding back into place. If possible, try hammering out the dent from the inside of the metal.

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Wall guards are a great way to prevent dings and dents on your bumper. This guard is especially handy for those who frequently parallel park in tight spots.
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If your dent is in need of some paint repair from scratching. We sell a variety of scratch removal kits and paint to touch up your ride.

Dings and dents are no walk in the park. They often happen when you're least expecting it. If you realized after reading Step 1 that your dent is much too large and/or complicated for a DIY fix, schedule an appointment at your local body repair shop.