Removing a dent from a vehicle is something that almost every car owner has had to think about at one time or another. Depending on the dent, it can get pretty expensive to have the dent removed professionally. And for those who have had the unfortunate experience of having multiple dents, they know that not all dents are created equal.
Some dents are fairly round in shape and sit in easy to access places. Other dents come with jagged edges spanning over multiple sides, panels, and bumpers of the car. Still other dents were born at the cost of large scratches and missing sections of paint. Depending on what kind of dent you’re looking at, there are multiple methods of fixing them. Some dents that look the worst are actually the easiest to fix.
The very first time my car got dented, it was from the white bumper of a good friend’s car that hit the side panel of one of my doors. And though the dent looked awful, being streaked with white that stood out brightly against the silver of my car, I found that the white paint from his bumper came off surprisingly easily when I cleaned it with a certain chemical, and a simple suction cup type dent removal tool was able to almost completely erase the dent.
But the type of dent removal method I’m especially interested in sharing is the kind that uses dry ice to remove the dent. With this method, the metal on and around the dent is supercooled very quickly, causing it to shrink and tighten. The dent literally pulls itself out because of the vast temperature difference between the different areas on the metal.
This form of dent removal will only work on metal areas of the car. Some panels and bumpers are made of fiberglass and other things and don’t react the same way to heat and cold. This style of dent removal also generally only works well on relatively small dents. The reason that it works is because the dry ice, being so incredibly cold, well below zero degrees in fact, when pressed on the metal around and on the dent, the metal is cooled very quickly in that specific area, literally causing it to shrink.
This shrinking process causes the metal to tighten, and when that happens, the dent magically starts to disappear. This method really does work and is very effective for certain kinds of dents. As I expressed earlier, it works the best on dents that are pretty small. And the best part is that this method doesn’t do any damage to the paint of the vehicle. It’s by far the easiest most painless way to remove a dent on your own. Of course some other things may need to be done in addition to removing the dent, like taking care of scratches or removing paint from the other vehicle. But as far as repairing the dent, this type of system has shown to be very good. So before you run to the body shop and pay lots of money, try this method first and see what you think.
Removing a dent isn’t always as hard as it may seem. Hopefully this information helped highlight that fact. For more automotive tips, check out another of my articles on how to pass a smog test.
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