How to Repair Car Dents and Scratches

Even a small scratch or dent on your new car, truck, or SUV can impair its curb appeal. In this guide from the experts in the Collision Repair Centre at Capital Chevrolet Buick GMC we'll show you how to fix a dent or scratches on a car yourself. You may be surprised at just how easy it is.

How to Fix a Small Dent in a Car
One of these easy do-it-yourself dent fixes could restore your vehicle to its former condition and save you a trip to your local Calgary body shop.
  • Plunger: Use a bathroom plunger or a special car dent plunger to pop the dent out.
  • Hammer or Mallet: A hammer is good for smaller fixes, and a mallet is best for larger dents. Make sure to hammer on the opposite side of the dent, and protect the surface you are hammering with a towel or something similar to avoid further damage.
  • Dent puller: To use this specialized tool you'll need to drill a hole in the dent, then lace wire through it, and pull the dent back to surface level. You'll then need to fill the hole, sand it down, and paint the area. Note that we recommend that you only use a dent puller if you have experience.
How to Fix Scratches on a Car
Has your vehicle picked up a scratch or two when you were out and about near Lake Bonavista or Canyon Meadows? A small scratch usually doesn't require professional repair. Learn how to fix scratches on a car with one of the following:
  • Sandpaper: To fix small, shallow scratches on the surface of your vehicle you should first thoroughly clean the affected area, and then gently rub over it with 2000-grit wet sandpaper. When the scratch is almost invisible, apply a rubbing compound.
  • Candle wax: As a temporary fix, you can gently rub candle wax over the cleaned area to seal the scratch.
  • Super glue: Another temporary solution is to use super glue to help seal the scratch so that it blends with the vehicle.
For Professional Auto Body Repair Choose Capital Chevrolet Buick GMC
Learning how to fix dents in a car and how to fix scratches on a car can save you time and money. However, if the job is more than you can handle, you can always rely on the auto body experts at Capital Chevrolet Buick GMC. Whether you need someone to fix a dent in a car or if your vehicle has more extensive collision damage, we offer the full menu of auto body repair services. You can easily schedule service with us online and we'll get your vehicle back to pristine condition. Choosing the right auto body shop can make all the difference. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.