How To Repair Small Dent in Car Door

How To Repair Small Dent in Car Door

hey, welcome to Excel Dent Removal today
I’m gonna show you
how I remove a small dent in a car door
so maybe you are
seeing a bunch of other videos here
online about how to fix a small dent and
a lot of those methods are either
putting on a glue tab on the dent and
just pulling it out and just looks like
it’s gonna just come flat other people
are maybe using some heat or hot water
or something to try to pop the dent out
and unfortunately that’s not always
gonna work only works on certain
specific damage or obviously somebody
trained to know how to use those tools
now with this particular dent there is a
reason why that’s not gonna work and I
want to show you the reasons for that
all right so I want to show you the
damage we have here in our special
paintless dent repair light we’ve got
this area of damage circled now this is
way outside the damaged area but not too
much you can see the dented area right
here and what we have are these crowns
or high spots around it and this is
particularly the reason why sticking a
tab on here or trying to suction this
out is not going to work now there’s a
couple of different methods that we
would use to actually fix this properly
and one would be actually taking our
special tap downs or hammers and
actually pushing down this ridge here
this high spot these crowns that we have
around the damage and the reason being
is what happened was when this got hit
with another door another door hit
smacked it it doesn’t just push in and
become just a dent the metal flows
certain directions and that’s another
reason why we actually have to fix it a
certain way is because we actually have
to understand that flow of the metal and
how to flatten it back out so what
happened with this is when it hit the
door hit it it probably hit from an
under angle a little bit here and you
can see the reason this happens
is because that metal got pushed and
raised it up here so I want to share
with you a couple things first one is
the you know hot water or popping the
dent out trick not going to attempt
anything like that it’s not gonna work
for something like this another one is
the glue pulling method now something
like that
with the glue pulling method I could
attempt to put a tab right in the center
of this and try and pull it out
but like I had mentioned with those
crowns and the ridges on there it’s gonna
have a lot of tension those crowns hold
that metal really tight so trying to
pull that out probably wouldn’t work on
this is a pretty soft metal this is the
Toyota and I probably can move a little
bit of it but it would distort it and it
probably causes me more trouble trying
to fix this properly if you don’t affect
the metal and and do it in a proper
order you’ve run into the problem of not
being able to do it properly this is
something I find sometimes when people
want to try and attempt to do the repair
themselves and then they come in and say
hey can you fix this we’ve we’ve already
got maybe half the dent out and it looks
pretty good but we just can’t finish it
off and the reason being is because they
didn’t start it properly so with that
sometimes we can’t fix it or it takes
twice as long to actually repair the
damage properly because they didn’t do
it in the right order now what I’m going
to show you first is typically we would
like to knock down these crowns not
completely probably about 50% and that
would take some of the pressure off so I
can push out the damage but what I’m
going to show you is I’m actually gonna
push in the center of this damage a
little bit with a soft tool probably
with some tape on it and try and bring
it up a little bit before I knock it
down just to show you the difference in
how much trouble it is without pushing
the pressure down the reason being is if
I did it the other way obviously I could
fix it faster I would do a better repair
alright so this here is the first tool
that I have it is a paintless dent
repair tool it has a little bit of a
bend in it so that when I’m going down
the door I’m gonna do some twisting and
turning to push
down on the damage now you can see here
that I do have some tape on this tool
just to soften up the tip if I use the
sharp edge or a pointy edge with the
pressure of these crowns if I attempted
that it would actually push up that
damage very sharp and cause a lot more
damage down the middle of the dent and
you just wouldn’t be able to fix that or
flatten it back out all right so I’m
starting right at the top and just
slowly trying to bring up the bottom the
center of that damage and this might be
difficult to tell but I’m putting pretty
good pressure on there and I’m actually
having a difficult time you can see as
many times as I’m pushing on this it’s
really not making a big difference and
that is because of those crowns and the
high spots around the outside of the
damage I’m gonna continue to work my way
down the dent slowly keep pushing on it
here and it’s probably making a little
bit of a difference but definitely
having some trouble getting it to stay
and that’s the problem you’re gonna have
with any other method of trying to push
a dent out like this with a crown or a
ridge or high spot around it
just continuing to work my way down as
it gets bigger towards the bottom I’m
moving back and forth still trying to
stay in the center and bring it up a
little bit but it’s just not making much
of a difference so I definitely will
have to get in here and bring down those
and even at the bottom here it will make
a little bit of difference there’s less
pressure holding the damage on the
bottom but I don’t want to just bring up
the whole bottom and not this area
around the top because it’ll lock up and
actually then I won’t be able to do
anything with it so I’m gonna take that
out there you can still see there still
may be softened it just a little bit
through here but I definitely have to
take these crowns down so let’s do that
next all right so I’ve got a few
different options for knockdowns and
hammers for bringing this down and a few
that I’m gonna use here I’m gonna try a
few different ones but I want to point
out some issues with using certain ones
over another so I have some special
knockdowns here you can see this one’s
got a very sharp point to it this one
actually is a little bit more dull it’s
not quite as sharp you can see that
there and then I have this one here
which has a metal end to it and a big
rubber cap to it that will work pretty
well for some of that too now the reason
being you don’t want to start with a
sharp one is if I take this sharp one
and I’m hitting it on there this tip is
designed to for very detail very fine
work so hitting this knockdown here will
actually make little divots in there so
I want to start with something soft now
a couple of hammers I have here this is
just a regular general hammer and not
too much it’s got more of a solid hit
side on it and a little bit hard rubber
so that just has a different feel and
different hit to it here is another
hammer with a blending hammer got
another sharp tip on that end that I
used sometimes this has a cap it has a
metal head that I can use sometimes
right now I’ve got some tape on it that
helps soften up the hit a little bit now
when I’m knocking down damage like this
I actually want to be as close to the
panel with my head here as I can so I
can actually see exactly where these
high spots are and I’ve got my other
light here as close to the panel as
possible so that I’m looking at the
reflection knowing exactly where I’m
pushing on it here taking this soft cap
again with a soft hammer
you can see I’m just getting as close as
possible to this so I can see right down
the metal trying to flatten it out as
best as possible
all right so after some of that knocking
down there let’s see if we can see just
a little bit of difference here get a
little bit closer what you’re gonna want
to look at is you’re gonna want to look
at the damage in the light itself in
those stripes so I’m going to show you
the detail in those stripes see if I can
get a little focus here so backing off just a
little bit here you can see there’s just
a little bit of low it’s kind of a
waviness to it there we go you can see
that just in that line right there it
kind of widens out there’s a low spot
there took out most of the crowns
they’re still gonna be just a little bit
in there that we can see you just look
into the detail there’s a little bit
let’s back off here a little bit more so
you can see it’s just kind of distorted
and what that is is just a matter of
having to level out and we’re gonna
flatten out some of this so you could
see what the crown’s just knockin those
crowns down actually took out a lot of
the dent from before I take a look at
that before we knock down the crowns
there was still a dent there well I
haven’t even pushed on it yet just
taking out those crowns actually move
the metal back in to the center of the
dented area and that’s one process that
we use to actually move the metal it’s
not gonna pop out so what I’m gonna do
is I’m gonna go inside with another PDR
tool maybe start with a soft one and
then move to some sharper tools and that
will fine-tune take out a lot of this
detail an orange peel and then I will
take another hammer and probably blend
and move some of this down a little bit
all right and I’m just in the center of
that dent again still got the soft tool
with the tape on it and just lightly trying
to bring up that center trying to bring
it soft I don’t want to poke a sharp
tool in there that’s only for fine
detail work right now just softly
bringing it up not making any poke marks
nothing that’s extremely you know
immediately visible of where I’m pushing
just softly pushing on it here I’ve
moved to the top kind of where that
outside of that crown was still a little
bit of a low area there so I’m bringing
that up and working around the outside
of it here
and I’m down at the bottom you can see
just the metal moving just a little bit
at a time but I’m only pushing in the
low areas just softly bringing it up I
don’t want any drastic pushes that will
cause more damage they’ll be very
noticeable all right you’ve got that
pretty close there I think there’s still
a little bit of crown right up at the
top here so I’m going to try and knock
that down a little bit more one more
time all right and one thing I’ll often
do is actually move my light in a
different position I’ve got this one
horizontal here let me raise it up so
you can see we’ve got a horizontal
direction with it here and the reason
for that and the reason for that is with
that crown and that high spot towards
the top from this angle I actually can
see where it’s still kind of rounded
right about here and I need to bring
that down with the light vertical this
way I couldn’t see that from this
direction so bringing it this way if you
have some crowns you know on a top or
bottom you always want to put that light
in the same direction so you can see the
transition from where it is high and
I’ve got this spot right here I’m going
to try and knock down a little bit
and here I’m just using this knockdown
right here with this a little bit wider
tip on a very sharp tip I don’t want to
go with anything too big and push down a
big area I just want to get that little
fine line that’s right there
and so you can see when I’m doing the
tapping it’s almost the same as the
process from the inside when pushing on it I’m
not making a big hit not a hard hit it’s
just very light pushing down of those
spots even if you look at it really
close to the light it was strong detail
you can almost see the vibration of the
panel and that vibration actually moves
the metal too- all right so I’m gonna go in
here probably a little bit the softer
tool down at the bottom and then a
sharper tool of right in the center of
that deepest part of the damage gonna
work on it a little bit more here – to
do that to finish it off you can barely
see any of that detail in the camera I
could probably show you just a little
bit but it’s such a fine amount that
it’s very hard to pick up but obviously
I can see with my lights and my eyes to
be able to see it so I’m gonna work on a
little bit more here and then we’ll show
you the final result in detail at the end
and and you can see just so I’m getting
this as flat as possible I’m not just
taking out just the lows and actually
leveling out the rest of the metal so it
evens out as it goes out and I’ve got my
light here it’s close to the panel as
possible put my head as close as
possible to the panel here so I can just
see that it’s not still a little bit low
and blending out the rest of the damage here
and you can see this final result of
pushing it out knocking it down
blending it around this actually takes
it probably the most amount of time
compared to just getting the bulk of the
damage out and that’s where you get
those excellent quality results from a
professional they’re gonna be able to
get this completely flawless and looking
excellent so I’m gonna speed up the
process here so you can watch me finish
this damage but you can see that this is
gonna take me a little bit of time but
I’m gonna get it looking perfectly smooth
all right let’s take a look at the
finished results here get up close and
definitely tell that there’s no poke
marks none of those crowns left in it
definitely looks great
what you could see when you were
watching that video before if you if
you’re still watching here I want to
show you so the dent was in this
damaged area but I also once I had that
light all the way back and right up
against the panel had my head against
the panel I actually looked down all the
way along here and the reason being is
because you can see this nick here
so whenever the door hit it didn’t just
hit here it hit down the whole door so I
wanted to make sure that I was getting
all the damage that was even down to
here and there was a little bit of low
area just at the bottom of this and that
original dent you know obviously was
here but there was some low spots here
so still was flattening that out a
little bit so we could get it you can
tell here that’s completely gone
hey alright, thanks for watching this paintless dent
removal video here today on
how to remove a small dent in the car door if
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some of these other videos that we have
on paintless dent repair we’ve got many
different methods so this was one method
that we use for this particular dent but
every dent is a little bit different and
with that glue pulling we’ve got other
damage to other panels we’ve got
hail damage repair everything like that so
check out some of these other videos
again thanks for watching

18 Replies to “How To Repair Small Dent in Car Door”

  1. you should be a teacher you explain things very well and an extreme detail outstanding work

  2. Definitely the best, most complete video I’ve seen on removing dents. Congratulations! You’re obviously a thorough professional. It’s craftsmen like you who we wish we had close by! I’d far rather give you the opportunity to repair my car than try myself, or give it to someone I don’t know and trust. Thanks for the video, and best wishes to you and your business.

  3. Hey is a door ding repair like 5 dollars? I have two now and I would pay maybe 15. I like dent repair. I can call you for an estimate. I live by you.

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