Do it yourself

Repair small dents and “dings” can be a comparatively simple job. Save time and funds by repairing them yourself. You will learn something and not must depend on body shops for these small but necessary repairs. Doing these repairs yourself can give you tons of satisfaction; and your automobile, truck, truck or SUV will always look great.
Caution: do not drink alcohol, smoke, or wear clothing like a necktie that could become entangled in moving parts. Watch out for hot surfaces, sharp objects, and potentially harmful or poisonous materials in the work area. Always wear a dust mask, safety glasses, and latex gloves when working.
Remove any parts from your vehicle that might inhibit access, including door trim panels, mirrors, inner fender shields, etc.
Make sure you have all of the supplies and tools you will need before beginning work.
For dents less than one-eighth of an inch deep, strip and sand the paint surrounding the dent. After removing the paint, apply body filler or spot putty to the area. Following the contour of your vehicle, apply body filler in narrow even coats.
Use a dual-action sander with coarse-grit paper, or grinding disc, or a drill with a wire wheel drill bit to remove any surface rust.
Access bigger dents from the backside. Using a hammer and dolly, reshape them to original contour. (Note: Body hammers vary in size and shape. Dollies are hand-held pieces of hardened steel that are also available in plenty of sizes and shapes. The contour of the body panel and the nature of the dent will select which gizmo you will use.)
After the filler hardens, rough-sand the area use a sanding block with 80-grit sandpaper, again following the contours of the vehicle. If more body filler is necessary, repeat the earlier step, if necessary. Finish-sand with 180-grit sandpaper.
For dents that are not available from the backside, use a slide-hammer dent puller. With the slide hammer, attach the screw onto the middle of the dent and softly tap the dent out. (For a massive or odd-shaped dent, you may must do this in a couple of areas.) Remove the screw. Grind off any raised metal around the resultant hole(s).
Hold the dolly flush against the outside side of the dent. Tap the inside side of the dent with the hammer until achieving the desired contour. Be sure you permit the dolly to “bounce” so that the metal panel does not stretch.
Fill the hole with spot putty and permit to dry. Sand to flush. Finish-sand with fine sandpaper (maximum 400 grit).
Now paint over the sanded area with touch-up paint. It is not necessary to prime unless you can see bare metal. Touch-up paint for most vehicles is available in aerosol cans. For larger painting tasks, consult with a professional before you start.

Repair small dents and “dings” can be a comparatively simple job. Save time and funds by repairing them yourself. You will learn something and not must depend on body shops for these small but necessary repairs. Doing these repairs yourself can give you tons of satisfaction; and your automobile, truck, truck or SUV will always look great.
Caution: do not drink alcohol, smoke, or wear clothing like a necktie that could become entangled in moving parts. Watch out for hot surfaces, sharp objects, and potentially harmful or poisonous materials in the work area. Always wear a dust mask, safety glasses, and latex gloves when working.
Remove any parts from your vehicle that might inhibit access, including door trim panels, mirrors, inner fender shields, etc.
Make sure you have all of the supplies and tools you will need before beginning work.
For dents less than one-eighth of an inch deep, strip and sand the paint surrounding the dent. After removing the paint, apply body filler or spot putty to the area. Following the contour of your vehicle, apply body filler in narrow even coats.
Use a dual-action sander with coarse-grit paper, or grinding disc, or a drill with a wire wheel drill bit to remove any surface rust.
Access bigger dents from the backside. Using a hammer and dolly, reshape them to original contour. (Note: Body hammers vary in size and shape. Dollies are hand-held pieces of hardened steel that are also available in plenty of sizes and shapes. The contour of the body panel and the nature of the dent will select which gizmo you will use.)
After the filler hardens, rough-sand the area use a sanding block with 80-grit sandpaper, again following the contours of the vehicle. If more body filler is necessary, repeat the earlier step, if necessary. Finish-sand with 180-grit sandpaper.
For dents that are not available from the backside, use a slide-hammer dent puller. With the slide hammer, attach the screw onto the middle of the dent and softly tap the dent out. (For a massive or odd-shaped dent, you may must do this in a couple of areas.) Remove the screw. Grind off any raised metal around the resultant hole(s).
Hold the dolly flush against the outside side of the dent. Tap the inside side of the dent with the hammer until achieving the desired contour. Be sure you permit the dolly to “bounce” so that the metal panel does not stretch.
Fill the hole with spot putty and permit to dry. Sand to flush. Finish-sand with fine sandpaper (maximum 400 grit).
Now paint over the sanded area with touch-up paint. It is not necessary to prime unless you can see bare metal. Touch-up paint for most vehicles is available in aerosol cans. For larger painting tasks, consult with a professional before you start.