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
crowns 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 [music] 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
more 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 [music] 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 [music] 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 [music] 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 [music] 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 [music] 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
you’ve been watching this far and you like what you saw thanks for hitting
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they come out encourage you to subscribe here to the channel and then also watch
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

Bernard Jenkins


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

  2. интересное видео ! спасибо !

  3. Nice detailed video. Nice repair . What light is that you use ? Very bright

  4. Познавательные видео. Спасибо.

  5. Mr. Glass. Very rare to see an outcome that perfect on these types of videos. Keep up the good work.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. awesomely explain and demoed …… had to comment and like for your efforts of creating this … One Question what does this cost removal of one dent like in this video

  9. I flip out over small things so I guess this career isn’t for me. I had a deer run into my new car with 2200 miles on it.😒

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