Removing a dent takes a lot of skill and patience… pushing – tapping down – and glue pulling.
Manipulate the damage from several positions. This will ensure the repair looks great from all angles.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
- Clean Microfibre Cloths > Option can be purchased here
- Isopropyl Alcohol
- Glue Tabs (& glue)
- Slide Hammer Pull
- Bendable Johnson
- Phillips Screwdriver
- Nylon Tap Down
- 3M Ultrafine Polish
- Polishing Buffer
Step 1 - Dent Analysis Assess the physical features such as depth, diameter and width.
Step 2 - Remove the vehicle’s internal trim to assess the damage from behind This is usually as simple as removing a few screws to allow the internal trim to pop off. It also allows plenty of access for your tools.
Step 3 - Glue Pulling Clean the damaged area thoroughly with an alcohol solution (isopropyl) prior to applying the glue to allow good adhesion of the glue tabs. Place glue tabs over dented area(s) allowing drying time. Using a slide hammer pull on the glue tabs which help to pull the dents out. Using alcohol solution, remove the tabs from the panel. Repeat the glue pulling process 2 or 3 times, removing the tabs and cleaning the dented area(s) of residual glue with alcohol each time. It is not necessary to wait until the glue is completely dry, the slide hammer can be applied once the glue is “tacky”.
Step 4 - High Areas High areas “peaks” can be gently tapped back into place using a nylon tap down. After tapping down the high areas, it is again time to use the glue tabs (black ice tabs) and repeat stage four another 2 or 3 times… tapping and glue pulling; tapping and glue pulling.
Step 5 - Pushing up the Low Areas Heat the external paintwork to avoid cracking, then working from the inside of the dented panel using a nylon tip Bendable Johnson tool, gently tap in a circular motion pushing remaining dents outward. From the exterior, peaks can be returned to place with the nylon tap down. Repeat this process 2 - 4 times until the dent is smooth enough.
Step 6 - Fine Tuning This is probably the most time consuming part of the repair requiring sharper tools to remove the final stubborn imperfections, ensuring accuracy with both your “pushes,” and your “tapping down” areas. Keep your nylon tap down tool sharp by scraping with fine sandpaper.
Step 7 - Polishing Using a buffer and 3M Ultrafine polish, polish the entire panel.
Step 8 - Trim Replacement Clip and screw the internal trim back into place.