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Old 01-11-2008, 09:37 PM   #1
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if your dent isn't creased, there is a cheap method of removing some dents. Materials you need are a hair dryer, extension plug, dry ice, and a pair of thick gloves. First: if you can take your car into a garage, then do so, or if you can't you can do this outside as well. So get the hair dryer and put it on HIGH HEAT and heat the dent and a small circumference area around the dent. Should take about 3-10 minutes...depending on how cold it is. After the dent is sufficiently heated, get your gloves on and get the piece of DRY ICE and hold and press it into the center of your dent. Keep applying pressure and rub the dry ice around and in the dent and eventually you should hear a pop sound or see the dent POP out...The theory behind this method is to heat the metal which will make it expand and then suddenly cool it down with extreme cold (dry ice) and the metal will contract itself, there by literally pulling the dent out....

I've done it to my 04sti with small dings and dents... But remember that this will not work with CREASED dents..

Hope this helps

and you can get dry ice at your local hardware store or supermarket usually.

Total cost of this should be around 5-10bucks which includes the price of dry ice, gloves, and electricity for the hair dryer.

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If you don't believe it, TRY it! It won't hurt the dent or your car and it costs less than most peoples lunches.

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Old 01-11-2008, 09:44 PM   #2
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how big is the dent? will this work on tiny dent like 1/4"?
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Old 01-11-2008, 09:47 PM   #3
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how big is the dent? will this work on tiny dent like 1/4"?
The biggest dent I've seen removed with this method is about the size of a plump grape fruit. And it will definitely work a 1/4" sized dent...penny or dime sized and smaller.


But remember this is for DENTS WITH OUT A CREASE....Then you have to go to a pro!
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Old 01-11-2008, 10:12 PM   #4
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I've also seen this done with a can of compressed air. Same idea and it's worked for me in the past.
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Old 01-11-2008, 11:54 PM   #5
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Damn, i gotta try that! I freakin HATE it when im washing my car and find another goddamn mystery dent somewhere on my car!
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Old 01-12-2008, 12:06 AM   #6
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I've also seen this done with a can of compressed air. Same idea and it's worked for me in the past.
Like a can bought to blow off your computer keyboard and what not?

If so I may try this tomorrow! lol
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Old 01-12-2008, 12:10 AM   #7
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Like a can bought to blow off your computer keyboard and what not?

If so I may try this tomorrow! lol
yeap, thats the stuff, just hold the bottle upside down so the liquid will squirt out onto the surface a freeze it.
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Old 01-12-2008, 12:23 AM   #8
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yeap, thats the stuff, just hold the bottle upside down so the liquid will squirt out onto the surface a freeze it.
yep, exactly.
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Old 01-12-2008, 12:26 AM   #9
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just a fyi, metal will only expand and contract so many times, so god forbid you get a dent in the same spot more than a few times. lol.
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Old 01-12-2008, 12:29 AM   #10
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Like a can bought to blow off your computer keyboard and what not?

If so I may try this tomorrow! lol
Keep us posted.
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Old 01-12-2008, 12:54 AM   #11
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Boy I have just the "dealer serviced me good" dent to repair!!!
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Old 01-12-2008, 01:00 AM   #12
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I've tried the compressed air, and it didn't even come close to working....I don't think it' works.
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Old 01-12-2008, 01:00 AM   #13
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I'm a little unclear what you mean about creased dent, but i'll give it a shot, I have nothing to lose and 7 dents to fix.
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i think ill give it a try hope it works
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Old 01-12-2008, 01:54 PM   #15
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I've tried the compressed air, and it didn't even come close to working....I don't think it' works.
then try my dry ice method. and remeber that you still have to heat the metal before putting on the compressed air or the dry ice!!!
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Old 01-12-2008, 01:55 PM   #16
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By the way....on my way home from Center City Philly last night....I got a little dent on my passenger side rear corner panel and GUESS WHAT I DID THIS MORNING.....no more dent LOL!!!

I love dry ice
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Old 01-12-2008, 01:56 PM   #17
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This has been posted over and over...

and over




and over...


Works great... until it doesnt work, or you bubble your paint with the hairdrier, or you damage your paint...

Or just spend $50 and have a dent pro do it with little to no risk involved.
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Old 01-12-2008, 02:36 PM   #18
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^^^so you're saying that 5 minutes of my 110volt hair dryer can put out more heat and abuse than a full 8 hour day in 115 degree summer? HMMMMMM... that really doesn't make sense to me...And why do you think that our STI"s or just plain Subbies have some kind of cheap Crayola paint job????
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Old 01-12-2008, 02:40 PM   #19
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And Like I said this method was mentioned to me by Kevin at Classic Auto Body in Philadelphia along with former pro Porsche racer and now exotic car shop owner Mike Tillson...And I think these guys know a little about this stuff...maybe?? LOL
Well Mike Tilson is a freaking pedal mashing old man so maybe he just lost it and wants me to have a "bubbled" paint job on my STI that he wants to buy....after I beat the SHizzzzit out of his Carrera 4 ..hehe
But, seriously, I think he let me win cause that Porsche is a MONSTER
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Old 01-12-2008, 02:42 PM   #20
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And I'm sorry that I didn't use the broken search function before I put up a post...Maybe before we say anything on here we should all just check the search and make sure that nothing gets repeated and that everything is original on here....

Whatever dude way to be that guy!!! Can I be your friend?

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This has been posted over and over...

and over




and over...


Works great... until it doesnt work, or you bubble your paint with the hairdrier, or you damage your paint...

Or just spend $50 and have a dent pro do it with little to no risk involved.
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Old 01-12-2008, 02:44 PM   #21
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works great until it doesn't work...LOL right IF....eh whatever why am I wasting my keyboard strokes on this LMAO
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Old 01-12-2008, 02:50 PM   #22
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I've also seen this done with a can of compressed air. Same idea and it's worked for me in the past.
YUP you can also do this method instead of using dry-ice but, remeber...you still have to pre-heat the dent for the cold to contract the dent out of the metal
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^^^so you're saying that 5 minutes of my 110volt hair dryer can put out more heat and abuse than a full 8 hour day in 115 degree summer? HMMMMMM... that really doesn't make sense to me...And why do you think that our STI"s or just plain Subbies have some kind of cheap Crayola paint job????
Subies do have really really bad paint. Probably one of the worst I have ever seen on a car. Except those Neons where the paint just peels off.
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I've tried the compressed air, and it didn't even come close to working....I don't think it' works.
Did you hold the can upside down so that t he freezing liquid comes out?
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Did you hold the can upside down so that t he freezing liquid comes out?
yes u need to hold the can upside down and squirt it
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