Whether you’re embarking on your own DIY dent removal or just interested in seeing what the process entails from an expert’s point of view, the following article by ATC will take you through how to hammer out car dents completely, which is step one in returning a dented body panel to its former glory.
Phase 1: Assess the Dent Damage and Choose Your Tools
Every dent is different, which means every dent repair method is just as unique. This post’s tips will focus on large dent removal, typically at least a few inches long by a few inches wide. Smaller dents can be popped out or filled in using less intricate methods.
To choose the tools that will help you complete the job with the most precision and the least amount of force, you need to measure the dent’s length and depth.
Body hammers and dollies are the two tool types you’ll employ for your dent removal. Because these tools come in a wide range of sizes, shapes, and weights, it’s essential that you match the hammer and dolly you use to the dent’s depth and curvature.
Choose the most modest-sized hammer that can still do the job and the dolly whose shape most resembles the dented area’s shape.
Phase 2: Locate the Back and Front of the Dent
Hammering out the damage requires gaining access to both sides of the dent, the underside and the outer surface. To get to the back of the dented sheet metal, you may need to remove door panels or fenders.
You’ll hammer against the dolly, as it stabilizes the taps made inside the dented surface from the outside of the sheet metal. Position your hammer dolly on the outside of the dent and your body hammer on the inside.
Phase 3: Hammer Time!
You always want to start hammering from the center-most or deepest point of the dent. And do so with caution! Today’s sheet metal is much thinner than it used to be, and the last thing you want to do is stretch it even further with a heavy hammer blow.
Use the least amount of force required to achieve results that bring the metal closer to its original shape. Often, this means using short, gentle taps.
The Key to Car Dent Removal is Practice and Patience
Like any DIY fix, practice makes perfect! Even if this is your first time undoing dent damage, by employing our tips and a good dose of diligence, you can completely hammer out your dent and be well on your way to getting your vehicle back to looking like new.
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