I know that for most of us anyway, our ride is our pride and joy.
We love washing it, waxing it, buffing it, and looking for ways to keep the paint and interior looking as sweet as the day we bought it.
Let’s face it, life isn’t always perfect. And sometimes, dents happen.
Whether it was an errant shopping cart, someone’s door hitting yours, or if you dropped something on the panel, you could get a dent that makes you want to scream!
The good news here is that in many instances, those small dents can be pulled or popped out. Many body panels are made from plastic or aluminum, which means that dents don’t always have to include Bondo.
Dent pullers have come a long way in the past 10 or 15 years. Nearly everyone can use one and they don’t cost that much, especially when you consider that you can reuse it again and again.
Hey, rent it out to your friends if you’re so inclined!
You need to use a good quality dent puller, though, and finding that can take a little bit of work.
Let’s find out which ones work best.
Here is a kit that is bound to work on every car you own and will own, for the rest of your life.
This kit contains a pop-a-dent bridge that has 5 different size tabs and a dent lifter with 16 different sized tabs. The dent puller is made from stainless steel and high-quality aluminum. Not only will it not rust, but it’s also lightweight.
By the way, you may not know that dent pullers can also work on metal surfaces other than cars. Think washing machines or refrigerators.
This kit is so easy to use, I think anyone over the age of 15 could remove dents from car panels. Most times, this can remove a small dent in about 30 minutes.
I like that not only does this kit have 45 pieces to it so it works on nearly all dents, but that the dent puller has padded, rubber feet.
That helps to not damage the paint.
- Reasonably priced
- Multiple pads make this kit work with all dent sizes.
- Works on all but the largest of dents
- YouTube instruction videos make this kit easy for everyone
- It takes time and patience. It’s not an instant fix
- Dents often take two or three times to pop out completely
- It can’t be used in direct sunlight or in very warm temperatures
If you watch one of the instruction videos and you take your time setting up the dent puller, this kit does an awesome job!
Best Dent Puller for Hail Damage
If you live in an area that gets frequent hail storms or if you have ever been caught in a severe hailstorm, it’s always amazing to me to see the kind of damage that can happen.
No one wants to pay their deductible to remove a dozen little dings from hail. With the ABN kit, you don’t have to.
This little kit will pay for itself the first time you use it.
This kit is made in the USA and the high quality of this product really shows. The 5-pound slide hammer is cushioned and made to fit your hand. The parts are made from forged hardened steel for durability.
With several different metal pulling screws, you are sure to find one that will work for your ride.
This kit probably works better with metal panels than plastic. But some people have said that they’ve used it on plastic, and it works fine.
- High-quality materials
- Made in the USA
- Works well the first time
- Instructions are not very clear. No video instructions for this kit, but you can find videos for similar kits online
- A few users complained that attachments broke after one use
- Other users said that it was difficult to use
For removing tons of those tiny hail-storm dents, or other dents, including large dents, this kit is a solid option.
Best Budget Option
OK, so the name is kind of hokey. But if you want to try to pop out some dents for less than $15, this is the kit for you.
This has an aluminum hammer with a POM plastic head to prevent damaging the paint. There are 9 assorted tips that you can use to pop out a wide range of dents. This tool is designed for smaller dents, but the basic operation seems to work.
Depending on where the dent is, this tool is meant to be used from the underside of the panel. Tapping on the underside can remove the dent. While the hammer appears to be lightweight, it really does the job.
- It’s extremely affordable
- The wide assortment of tips works on nearly all panels
- Tips are made from plastic, so they won’t harm the paint or the panel itself
- Very inexpensive, so it’s unknown how long it will last
- There are no instructions. But you can find YouTube videos for similar products online
- Some users complain that the head came off of the hammer after the first use
If you are a DIYer and you want to try to remove some of those small annoying dents from your ride, but you don’t want to pay much, the HiYi kit is exactly what you are looking for.
Can I pop out a dent?
Yes, in many cases you can pop out a dent yourself.
Most car bodies are made from aluminum or a mix of plastics. Popping out a minor dent or ding is usually fairly easy.
This will depend on the depth and length of that dent though. You can try several methods, including using a hairdryer to heat the dent and then spray the hot dent with compressed air.
You might also try the old plunger method or hammering out the ding using a rubber mallet.
Most people simply opt for a dent remover to prevent damage to the paint.
Do suction cups work on car dents?
Yes, suction cups sometimes work on car dents.
Not all dents can be (nor should they be) suctioned out via a sink plunger or other type of suction cup device. If the dent is fairly large, it probably won’t work.
If the panel is cracked or if you see cracked paint, the entire panel will need to be replaced.
How do body shops fix dents?
If the dent isn’t too large, most body shops use a method called “Paintless Dent Removal”, or PDR.
Body shop techs are trained to use a variety of tools that are made specifically for pushing and/or pulling small dents back into place without damaging the paint.
This takes some skill and practice. But if you feel confident enough, you might have the same luck removing a small dent by using a dent puller.
Do dent pullers really work?
Yes, they do, but not on all types of dents.
The dent needs to be on a flat surface. If it’s on a curved area, such as the turn of a trunk lid or a quarter panel, dent pullers won’t work.
The dent also needs to be fairly shallow, with no crease or crack. While a dent puller might make a deep dent look less noticeable, it won’t be able to remove it completely.
If the panel is cracked or has a crease, the entire panel will need to be replaced.
While there are many home “remedies” for popping out a dent, by far the most reliable way is to use a dent puller.
I like the GLISTON Paintless Dent Puller Kit
Not only does it have everything you need in one kit, but it has also more than you will most likely use.
It’s nice to know that you have a wide assortment of available sizes. Who knows what type or size of a dent will happen tomorrow.
There are plenty of YouTube videos also that offer terrific tips and complete instructions on how to use this kit successfully.
While it is easy to use, many people think that the puller didn’t work if the dent wasn’t 100 percent gone after the first pull.
This kit is reusable and long-lasting. Glue sticks are available in any craft store or even at Walmart, so you never need to worry about running out. Buy this kit once and you can repair dents for many years to come.
For the budget conscious, I do recommend the HiYi Dent Repair Kit.
But for most people, you will find you get exceptionally good results with the GLISTON Paintless Dent Puller Kit.