Learn How To Remove Small Dents And Add Touch-Up Paint To Your Car's Hood

Posted on: 12 June 2015

If your car's hood has suffered some minor hail damage, you can remove small dents and add touch up paint to repair it. Once you have finished, the previous blemishes will be virtually undetectable.

Use The Following Items

  • sponge
  • soapy water
  • water hose
  • rubber mallet
  • wood block
  • hand plunger
  • electric sander
  • course and fine grit sandpaper
  • primer pen
  • touch up paint
  • tack cloth
  • rubbing compound
  • polishing cloth

Clean The Hood And Remove The Dents

Clean the portion of the hood that was damaged with a soapy sponge. Rinse the surface with a water hose. Removing the dirt that is in and around the dents will give you a better idea of the severity of the damage. Lift your vehicle's hood and place a wooden block beneath the dents. Line up a rubber mallet and strike the block. The pressure that is applied will assist with popping the bent metal back into shape.

If the dents aren't fixes, secure a hand plunger to the top of your hood directly over the dents and pull the handle towards yourself as you remove the suction. 

Sand And Apply Touch-Up Primer

Attach a piece of course grit sandpaper to an electric sander and move it back and forth over the areas that contain chipped paint. Once the surface feels smooth, attach a piece of fine grit paper and lightly sand the same areas. Wipe the car's surface off with a tack cloth to remove any residue that the sandpaper left behind.

Apply touch up primer to the areas that are missing paint with a primer pen. This type of tool is simple to use. Shake up the contents and press the tip of the pen against the metal until the primer flows out of it. Apply it evenly until all of the spots that are missing paint are covered. Wait a few hours for the primer to dry.

Add Touch Up Paint

Add touch-up paint directly over the primed areas. Dip the applicator brush into the paint and brush it onto the sections that are missing paint. Wait for the paint to dry for a few hours and add a second coat if more coverage is needed. After the paint has dried, blend it in with the original paint with a polishing cloth and rubbing compound. Apply a small amount of rubbing compound to the cloth. Wipe it onto the car and move the cloth around, using small circular motions. Wipe off the surface with a clean cloth.

The damage will no longer be apparent after completing all of the steps. As long as you continue to take good care of your car, the primer and paint will hold up and you won't have to make any additional repairs. Contact a professional if you need more help with auto hail repair.


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