5 Great Small Ding Repair Tips

January 27, 2012

For some reason, it’s just inevitable that a car will get a ding no matter how much care is taken. The good news is that ding repair is relatively easy and doesn’t have to be expensive. Following are five tips to remove dings that mar a vehicle’s finish.


1. Take a close look at the damage. Unless the metal is creased or crumpled, it should be easy to repair without any sign of the previous damage existing.

2. Use dry ice to remove the ding. Heat the damaged area with a hair dryer and then touch the dry ice to the ding or dent for a few seconds before removing. Put the dry ice back on the ding repeating the process until the ding has disappeared. A word of warning for this technique however, dry ice can be dangerous so be sure to wear protective gloves before handling it.

3. Try the suction cup technique to pop dings and dents back into line. Wash and dry the area before applying suction so that there aren’t any particles that can interfere with the suction or worse, scratch the car’s paint.

4. Tapping is another do-it-yourself option for ridding a vehicle of unsightly dents and dings. Use a rubber mallet and a block of wood that’s proportionate to the size of the ding and wrapped in an old towel or other cushioning fabric before slowly and deliberately working to tap the ding back into place.

5. Paintless car repair is another great method to remove dings that isn’t terribly expensive. A technician will use tools designed specifically to slip in back of the damaged car panel and then massage and manipulate the indention back into its previously unmarred form.

While getting dings in the car’s finish is frustrating, it is relatively easy to repair the damage and it can even be a do-it-yourself project. However, for larger dings and dents it’s probably a good idea to see the assistance of a professional.

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