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How to Repair Car Door Dings

by Melynda Sorrels

As sturdy as cars are, it doesn't seem to take much to get a ding in them. Car doors take a lot of abuse, whether it's from a freak hailstorm or a careless person in a parking lot. These dings can detract from the aesthetics of the vehicle. Fortunately, it is a very simple fix that only takes a few minutes and can save you a lot of money by allowing you to avoid the body shop all together.

Easy Ideas for Repairing a Ding

Hold a piece of dry ice in the center of the dent for several seconds and remove it. Within a minute, the dent should pop out on its own.

Place a small piece of aluminum foil over the ding and heat it with a lighter for 30 seconds. Spray liquid CO2 on the heated area by holding a can of compressed air upside down and spraying it. In 30 seconds to a minute, the dent should pop out on its own. Once the ding is gone, wipe the area with a clean, soft cloth.

Hold a hair dryer to the ding for 20 to 30 seconds until it is hot, and spray with an upside-down can of compressed air, covering the area with liquid CO2. The dent should pop out on its own in less than a minute. Wipe the area clean with a soft, clean cloth.

If the car has been sitting in the sunshine on a hot day, place a cold, wet cloth on the ding; the dent will come out.

Warning

  • Never handle dry ice without gloves.

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About the Author

Melynda Sorrels spent 10 years in the military working in different capacities of the medical field, including dental assisting, health services administration, decontamination and urgent medical care. Awarded the National Guardsman’s Medal for Lifesaving efforts in 2002, Sorrels was also a nominee for a Red Cross Award and a certified EMT-B for four years.

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