Use A Plunger To Get That Small Dent Out Of Your Car

8 January 2015
 Categories: Automotive, Blog


If you recently discovered a small dent on your vehicle, you can get that little dent out without even having to schedule an appointment with your mechanic. If you have a plunger, you can get that small dent out yourself.

It is easy to get small dents in your car. Perhaps someone next to you dinged your vehicle when they opened up their car door. Or maybe you dinged the bumper while backing into your garage. Little dings happen. If you leave those little dings alone though, they can bring down the value of your car and are just not pleasant to look at.

Gather Up Your Supplies From Around Your House

All you need to remove those little dents is a few items you already probably have laying around your house. You will need to gather up a bucket and some car soap. You will also need a little petroleum jelly and a clean plunger. Once you have those supplies, you can take care of those little dents yourself.

Clean The Dent

First, you will want to clean the area where the dent is using some car soap. Be sure to dry off the area after you clean it. Cleaning and drying the area will make it easier for you to see the dent and use the plunger.

Grease Up The Plunger

Once everything is clean, you will need to apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly to the bottom rim around your plunger. This will help create greater suction when you place the plunger over the dent.

Place The Plunger Over The Dent

For the next part, you need to move quickly. Center the plunger over the dent and push it firmly over the dent. The plunger should stick to your car and cover the dent. Once you are sure the dent is covered up, it is time for the real magic to being.

Create Suction

You will need to create suction by quickly pushing in on the plunger handle and then quickly pulling the plunger handle out. The suction this process creates should pop out the dent. You may need to repeat this process a few times in order to pull the dent all the way out.

Wash Off The Petroleum Jelly

After you have removed the dents, wash off the petroleum jelly. Although the petroleum jelly should not damage your paint job, you should not leave it on your vehicle for an extended period of time.

A plunger works best on pulling out dents that are smaller than the circumference of the plunger. For larger dents, you would need to purchase a professional suction dent puller or take your vehicle to your local auto body shop (a place like By-Pass Auto Body).