Dent Removal Tools -- Paintless Dent Repair
Dent Removal Tools
Cars get dented, it happens when you're moving 80 miles an hour down the road, and having good dent removal tools is somewhat essential to keeping your car in good shape. "Why do I need dent removal tools," you ask? "When someone hits my car, I just have their insurance pay for the damage." And you are very right, in most circumstances. But what about when you're all hanging out at a friends house late one night and one of your buddies leaves before you only to come back inside after a few minutes with a look of despair on his face saying, "Dude you better come with me and check out your car. I don't know what happened, I just didn't see you parked there." Trust me, it happens. It's happened to me at least twice.
In a scenario like that, don't you owe it to your buddy to at least try to fix the damaged area, to use some simple dent removal tools and see if you can't repair the panel yourself? When it happened to me the first time, I was lucky enough to be able to borrow some dent removal tools from a friend. I thought there was no way I was going to be able to fix my car. My car was gray, and inside the dent a large white streak of paint from my friends car was rearing its ugly head. But I found that the paint from his bumper actually came off quite easy, and the dent, because it was one large dent, actually pulled out pretty nicely and left little sign of its ever having been there.
A very nice dent removal tool
Paint removal in case the bumper of the other car left some of its color behind
How to Use Dent Removal Tools
Dent removal tools aren't for every circumstance. If a portion of the bumper has been crushed, they may or may not work. Bumpers aren't generally metal, and dent removal tools work their best on metal. The perfect application is for the doors and side panels. Dent removal tools are generally nothing more than powerful suction cups that will allow you to give a large pull to a tiny area. It actually works better the larger the dent is, which is always a plus. And for just twenty bucks, don't you owe it to your buddy to at least give it a try yourself. Think about it, for twenty bucks, your buddy will be forever indebted to you for being willing to fix the dent yourself and not jack up his insurance for the next three years. It's a win win.
Just push the suction cup onto the middle of the dent first, apply pressure and then pull out again. Then, move the dent removal tool around the different parts of the dent still present to pull them back out as well. In many cases, especially those like the one pictured where there isn't any paint loss, the dent removal tool is the perfect application. In many cases, it won't make all traces of the dent go away, but like I said, for twenty bucks, you can't beat it.
Paintless Dent Repair Tools
In my research, I've learned about a really cool dent removal system called paintless dent removal. Though paintless dent removal is limited to relatively small dents where the paint is undamaged, it really does work wonders. Paintless dent removal is simple. It involved buying a large piece of dry ice at your local grocery store, and holding it against the dent on the car on a warm day with a good amount of pressure for up to five minutes. How in the world does a piece of dry ice remove a dent, you ask? That's a very good question. It basically works like this. When metal is hot, it expands. When it is hot, it contracts. So what happens is that when the surface of the car is warm, and you apply dry ice to the dent, which is solid CO2 at a temperature of minus 76 degrees, the metal on and around the dent cools very quickly, which also causes it to tighten. The metal will pull against itself as it shrinks, and if the force from the shrinking is strong enough, it will pull the dent out itself. This will work well for:
- Hail Damage Dents
- Small Shallow Dents
- Dents without Chipped Paint
It sounds like magic, but the paintless dent removal system has been shown to work on many minor dents and dings. And since dry ice is only a few dollars at the store, it's definitely worth the price to test it out. Paintless dent removal doesn't damage the paint or clear coat of a car, you just have to be careful not to scrape the dry ice over the surface of the paint. Just hold it firmly against the affected area, and shift it slowly around to ensure that all areas of the metal body are being covered. This will ensure that the paint on your car is undamaged. There are a few other systems that work for dentless paint removal as well, but this one is the best, safest, and cheapest.
Ding King Dent Removal Kit
Dent Removal Kit
Now for those of you who have ever done serious auto work, you know that a simple suction cup isn't going to get out every dent and ding. They're only really suitable for your standard circular dent. That's why many people prefer using a dent removal kit. Dent removal kits, such as the ding king dent removal kit, allows you to very precisely target the center of the dent or ding and apply better pressure than a standard suction cup can apply. The Ding King dent removal kit uses a special kind of glue to affix the dent puller to the surface of the car. Though the glue is strong enough to pull the dent from the car, it isn't so strong as to damage the paint of the car, and the glue can easily be removed with rubbing alcohol. The Ding King dent removal kit is key for those dings and dents that can't seem to be removed with the standard suction cup or dent puller. Not to worry though, the Ding King kit is less than $20 and comes with instructions on how to use it. You can't go wrong for the price.
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