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How to Fix a Dent in a Car

Paintless dent repair, hail damage repair on car

Everyday wear and tear from driving in Waterbury can lead to small scratches and little dents on your vehicle. The good news is that not every ding requires a trip to the collision center or body shop. When you know how to fix a dent in a car, you can save a lot of time and money while preserving the integrity of your car. The auto body professionals at Honda of Watertown have time-saving tips for how to fix a dent in a car and how to fix scratches on a car. See if they work on your car, or contact us if you need the pros to fix dents in your car. 

How to Fix a Small Dent in a Car

When you know how to fix a small dent in a car, you’re less likely to have that sinking feeling when you find the inevitable dent in your vehicle. Because dents and dings are going to happen, and knowing how to fix a small dent in a car can make your Southbury life much easier. Here are some tips: 

  • Plunger – Yes, that plunger from your bathroom or you can purchase a car dent plunger. Either one will help you pop out the dent. 
  • Hammer or Mallet – For this method, you’ll need to work from the backside of the dent. A hammer will work for small dents, and a mallet is good for larger dents. Place a towel over the backside of the dent before you start hitting. 
  • Dent Puller – This way to fix a dent in a car requires some experience. You’ll need to drill a small hole in the dent, lace wire through it, and pull out the dent. Once the dent is fixed you’ll fill the hole, sand it, and paint it. 

How to Fix Scratches on a Car 

Fix scratches on a car in Torrington with materials you likely have around the house: 

  • Candle Wax – Gently rub the wax over the cleaned area to seal the scratch for a short period of time. This will seal the scratch and prevent it from spreading.
  • Super Glue – Like candle wax, this helps seal the scratch temporarily and blends with the vehicle masking the damage.
  • Paint Polish or Rubbing Compound – Use a light polish with a foam pad first, working your way up to higher-grit polishes or compounds if scratches still remain in your paint. If polishing doesn’t remove scratches, move on to wet sandpaper.
  • Wet Sandpaper – Start with a clean car for shallow scratches just on the surface that can be removed with 2000-grit wet sandpaper. Once the scratch is almost invisible, apply a rubbing compound followed by finer and finer polishes, and then a wax or paint sealant for protection. Waxing the whole car once done.
  • Touch-Up Paint: Usually available at service centers like ours, this fix helps hide deeper scratches.

Let Honda of Watertown Fix Scratches on Your Car

Not sure you want to try to fix scratches on a car or fix a dent in a car? Or would you like a professional opinion? Then contact Honda of Watertown and let our pros assess the damage.

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