How to Fix a Car Dent with a Heat Gun in 4 Steps

Your car is your baby. You wash it, feed it, and when it is sick you take care of it. And though we would obviously never advocate fixing an actual baby with a heat gun, because 1) it wouldn’t work, and 2) let’s just assume that you would never try and fix a baby with a heat gun, we would advocate fixing a dent with your heat gun. Never heard of it? Here’s how it works.

Please note: Let’s be clear here. If you rammed your car into a utility pole and the damage is similar to the conclusion of any crash-up-derby you’ve seen, this method will not work. The dent has to be amenable, in that, it can be fixed. Not that you wish it could be fixed.

What you’ll need:

  • A heat gun
  • A can of compressed air
  • About 15 minutes of your time

Step 1: Locate the dent you would like to fix on the exterior of your vehicle. As noted, this method works quite well with minor dents in locations that will respond to the treatment, not severe ones or mangled metal.

Step 2: Start by heating the affected area with your heat gun in a sweep pattern for about 3-5 minutes. Pay attention that you don’t damage your paint in the process.

Step 3: Spray the heated area with the compressed air for 10 seconds. Hold it upside to get the most pressure.

Step 4: Dry the surface and repeat as needed. Some light tapping around the circumference of the dent will send a stern message, and will also help the process along. You’re done when the dent pops out.

Want more information on interesting and novel ways to use heats guns and which guns you need for the job? As always, contact us for more information.

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