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How to Get Small Dings & Dents Out of a Truck

by Delialah Falcon

If you have a small ding or dent in your truck, you may be able to avoid a costly visit to the auto body shop and remove the dent yourself. Although not all dents can be removed without the help of a professional, if the dent is not very large, you can try some general techniques at home and attempt to reverse the damage to the body of the truck. By using some simple tools and investing your time, you may be able to remove dings and dents from your truck at your own home.

Plunger

Step 1

Clean your existing plunger or purchase a new one. Position the plunger over the center of the dent, if the dent is the size of a cantaloupe or larger.

Step 2

Pump the plunger in and out for 10 seconds or until a good strong suction develops.

Grip the plunger and firmly pull until the dent pops out. Stop the procedure if the dent does not budge after a few tries.

Mallet

Step 1

Purchase a mallet that corresponds with the size of the dent. Avoid using a mallet that is smaller than the size of the dent, as this may result in hammer-head damage to the body of the truck that will be visible when the dent is removed.

Step 2

Position the head of the mallet as near to the center of the dent as you can on the underside of the truck panel.

Carefully yet forcefully tap the truck panel. Wait for the dent to start to pop and then give a firm hit in the center. Repeat until the dent pops out. Stop the procedure if the dent does not budge after a few tries.

Screwdriver

Step 1

Place the handle of a large screwdriver near the center of the dent on the underside of the truck panel.

Step 2

Hold the screwdriver steady against the dent and gently tap the tip of the screwdriver with a hammer.

Continue tapping gently until the dent pops out. Stop the procedure if the dent does not budge after a few tries.

Dry Ice

Step 1

Purchase some dry ice from your local grocery store.

Step 2

Wear dry ice gloves to protect your hands from burns.

Hold the dry ice and place it on the center of the dent. Hold in place for five seconds and remove. Repeat until the dry ice causes the dent to pop out. Stop the procedure if the dent does not budge after a few tries.

Warning

  • If none of the above methods are successful after a few tries, abandon your approach and make an appointment with your auto body repair shop to have the dent removed professionally. Refrain from forcing the dent out to avoid causing further damage to the truck body.

Items you will need

  • Plunger
  • Mallet
  • Screwdriver
  • Hammer
  • Dry ice
  • Protective gloves

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