6 Basic Dent Repair Tips And Tools For Beginners: Master the Craft

Dents and scratches appear on the cars. However safely a vehicle is driven, there will be an awkward driver, a football coming onto the road, a fallen branch, a flying stone, and so on, leaving dents on the car.

Bygone-era cars can spot dents, as it looks sporty on them. But in this era, vehicles cannot have it as no one likes dents or scratches on cars. Marks usually get removed with the help of PDR hammer. It is also called, by name, a paintless dent repair hammer.

Minor dents are removed at home. But it depends upon the impact of the mark on the car’s body.

Dent Repairing Tips To Follow

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Before repairing the car’s dent, it is essential to know the impact. If the pattern is extensive accidental damage that cannot be fixed at home with home tools, then professional help is advisable.

Suppose the dent gets removed and the paint is not damaged; it will help keep the car’s originality intact. Many vehicles got the plastic body, and eliminating marks without affecting the paintwork could be done faster than aluminum body cars. So it will be better to know the vehicle’s body type, whether it is steel, fiber, aluminum, etc.

The style of the dent matters when trying to repair the car dent. If the mark looks smooth and has circular edges, it will be easy to fix, but if the edges look intense, it won’t be easy.

Nowadays, many cars are almost plastic and stretchable. Sometimes, heating the dent part of the car will do the trick without needing significant repair work. The vehicle’s paint can also expand, so ensure adequate heat before starting the job.

A dent is removed by pulling it outside or pushing it out from inside. But pushing out from the inside is challenging, as a few car parts have to get cleared to push out the dent mark. If you are not sure if you should do it by yourself, take the help of a mechanic, then.

Basic Tools For Beginners

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When looking for a paintless dent removal, getting good training and selecting basic tools are essential for beginners. A few of the tools are:

Reflector Board With Arm

A scanning gadget for dents is required, like a reflector board with a flexible arm and a suction cup. The lines reflecting this will indicate whether the panel is high or low. Buying led lights will be helpful to see the reflections of the dent work done.

Standard Bar Along With Screw Tips

The standard bar, along with the screw tips, is necessary for removing dents. This bar should be of a double bend, which will help to angle screw tips at almost 90 degrees, giving a better angle while removing the dent.

By adding screw tips to the standard bar, this combination will be resourceful, especially when getting inside the bonnet panel, fender, and so forth.

The Hammer Tool

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Wherever a high spot dent is, it is advisable to use the hammer tool, as it knocks down the high spot. When fixing any panel in the car, a lot of push and pull gets done, creating slight high-spot dents. These get solved with the help of a hammer tool.

O Ring And The S Hook

A hanging device is helpful for a beginner when working on dent removal, especially on the bonnet. A device for hanging cables and other tools is compulsory. An s-hook or an o-ring from any hardware store will be helpful. These also help control the bars during the removal of dents.

Pulling Tool And Glue

Tools are required to take things out using glue.

PDR Glue And Glue Gun

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A glue gun will be needed when taking out small things. A PDR glue and the glue gun help remove the dent. The glue gun could be electrically powered or even battery-powered too.

Different Shaped PDR Tabs

PDR tabs come in various colors, designs, and shape as they get used for various purposes. It is always advisable to get multiple PDR tabs to get a wide range.

The Dent Lifter Guns

Once a tab is glued to the dent,  a lifter is needed to lift the tab. With the help of a dent lifter gun, the glue-stuck tab gets gently pulled out. A slide hammer is attached to the tab and is pulled to rectify the dent.

Agent That Removes Glue

The glue sometimes will not come off quickly from the panel;  a releasing agent has to be used to remove it. Spirits or any product based on alcohol helps in removing the glue.

Tools For Removing Door Dents

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Various tools used to remove the dents on the car door are,

Protector Board For Glass Window

While removing the dents from the car door, a glass window protector is needed. The protector board gets inserted between the door and the glass. It stops the glass from shattering, thus protecting it, while the dents get slowly removed.

Different Lengths Of Hook Bar

A hook bar of different lengths reaches the upper and lower section of the door panels to remove the dents. Since doors could be left-handed or right-handed, different lengths of hook bars have come to use.

Door Bar With Ratchet Handle

A door bar with a ratchet handle makes it easy to shift between right-handed and left-handed tools without removing them from the car door. By pressing a button, the device gets switched to any angle usable for getting the job work done.

Dent Removal Pen

The dent removal tap-down pen removes minor dings and dents. This pen’s usage is easy, and it is durable. The metal part of the pen is coated with plastic to avoid damage to the car’s paintwork. Different-shaped heads are available along with this pen, which removes various types of dents.


Any damage to the car brings down the spirit of car owners. Once a dent gets noticed, it will glare into the eyes of the owner. A dented car does not look good, whether it be a mark on the car door, bumper, or any side of the body.

The above were a few essential tips and tools to remove dents for beginners. These tools will help remove the minor dents and scratches that usually appear on a car’s body at home.

Buying expensive tools is not a solution unless the aim is to become a specialized dent technician.