DIY Dent Repair Saves You Hundreds of Dollars
These steps will allow you to fix a car dent in an afternoon. You can also save hundreds of dollars over buying a body shop.
- Angle grinder
- Corded drill
- Dust mask
- Extension cord
- Hearing protection
- Safety glasses
- Sanding block
- Materials Required
- Body filler
- Finishing glaze
- Latex gloves
- Use a tack cloth
- Wax Remover
Here Are The Steps
Make sure to clean up before you start filling and wash and dry your vehicle.
Take off the paint
Begin by removing any paint from the inside and around the dent using 24-grit paper.
Use 80-grit sandpaper to hand-sand your entire dent.
You can use the same sandpaper for roughening up and feathering the paint around dent edges.
Use a wax remover to clean the entire area.
Use a tacky cloth to wipe the area clean.
Mix the Filler
Spread the filler along the mixing board in an S-shaped shape.
Next, take it out and fold it in half.
Continue this process until you have a consistent filler color.
Do not mix body filler with a piece of cardboard scrap. Use a mixing board, or a clean, old cookie sheet that you are willing to toss (credit for this tip to car recovery Bradford)
Use a “Tight First Coat”
Grab some filler and work it into the metal.
Spread the filler evenly to create a tight coat. This will remove air from the scratches and wet any metal.
You can add more filler
To fill in the entire dent, apply a thicker layer of filler.
Sand to Shape and Glaze
Use 80- or 180-grit sandpaper to sand the filler to match car’s contours.
Next, feather the edges of filler up to the painted edge.
Apply a finishing glaze to the entire area and then sand using 180-grit sandpaper and then 320grit.
Spray the patch
Prime it with primer and then paint it.