Auto Body Shop DIY Guide: Repairing Car Dents, Dings, and Scratches

Posted on: May 10th, 2016 by Accurate Auto Body Shop 4 Comments

repairing car dents If you live in a city, chances are that sooner or later your vehicle will pick up some car dents, dings and scratches. But don’t worry – there are plenty of options available to help you keep your vehicle looking in tip top shape. And if all else fails, our Denver Auto Body shop specialists will be there for repairing car dents or body damage. Here are some options for you to try to get out those pesky dents and dings out on your own.

Repairing Car Dents

If you have a dent in the steel or aluminum siding of your vehicle, you can try suctioning it out using a rubber plunger. This is particularly effective for large dents on your doors or fenders where the piece of metal is larger. Moisten the edge of the rubber and position the plunger over the dent. Push in until a solid seal is established and then pull towards yourself. It may take a couple tries, but chances are your car will look much better afterwards. Learn more about our hail and dent repair services.

Touching Up Paint Scratches

If you cut your turn too close in a parking lot and get a scratch, don’t panic! Touching up a paint scratch is easy with the proper supplies. The first step is finding the right color of paint – car paints can be very specific by make and model, so be sure to check with your local mechanic before buying a tone which doesn’t match.

Once you have your paint, be sure that all dings or rust spots are gone so that your paint job will be smooth and fresh looking. Apply the primer and spray paint in nice even strokes to ensure there is no dripping. Let it dry in a dry, clean environment and your car will look as if you never hit anything.

Filling in Chips and Dings

Small chips and dings can be easily filled with glazing putty. Get yourself a putty knife and smear it into the whole, removing the excess so that the putty remains flush with the metal. Allow it to dry and proceed with the painting method discussed above. If the damaged area is larger than a small hole, you will need to get a more specialized filler designed for steel, plastic, or aluminum. Or, better yet, call us!

When it comes down to it, repairing car dents and dings on your own is possible. You just need to have a healthy dose of patience and pay attention to what type of material your vehicle’s body is made of. But, please do so with caution, as it is always best to let the experts handle it to ensure the best materials,  paint match and finish

How to use this information

At Accurate Auto Body, we have the equipment to get out even the toughest dents and get your vehicle looking like new. If you are in need of auto body repair, be sure to give Accurate Auto Body a call at 303-344-2122 or contact us through our website for more information and we will be happy help!

Which product has helped you the most to repair your vehicle’s dents and dings?

4 Responses

  1. The other day my wife mentioned that it is important for us to choose the right auto body care repair shop. It makes sense as their experience and skills will impact the quality of service. I will definitely be more mindful in choosing the right auto repair shop.

  2. I thought it was informative when you mentioned that glazing putty can be used to repair small dings and chips on a car. I would imagine that the glazing putty needs to be applied properly in order to ensure that things are fixed. It seems like it would be important to take your car to a professional if you have more significant car damage.

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