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How To Fix Dents in Your Car

Careening shopping carts, flying pebbles, and vengeful exes can all leave their mark. Here’s how to undo the damage.


  • Step 1: Sand the primer with 600-grit sandpaper.
  • Step 2: Prime the area with spray primer. Apply six coats of primer, letting the primer dry between coats.
  • Step 3: Apply matching auto paint.
  • Step 4: Lightly sand the paint with the 1500-grit sandpaper, then buff the paint to bring up the shine.
  • FACT: In 2002, there was roughly one car for every 11 people in the world.
  • Step 5: Sand the putty down until the entire surface is smooth. Start with a 36-grit sandpaper and work your way down to a 120-grit sandpaper.
  • Step 6: Fill the entire area with body putty.
  • Step 7: Drill into the center of the dent with the 1/8” drill.
  • Step 8: Pull the dent out using the dent-pulling tool.
  • Step 9: Place the dolly – a surface for pounding dents – on the rear of the dent and use the dent hammer to smooth out the dent.
  • Step 10: Use 36 grit-sandpaper to remove the paint from the dent and one inch of the surrounding area.
  • Step 11: Remove whatever interior panels or components are necessary to get to the front and back of the dent.

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