Removing Car Dents with Dry Ice

A large dent in a the bumper of a silver sedan-style car is shown

Removing Car Dents with Dry Ice 

Got in a fender-bender and don’t want to shell out the dough to get that lopsided little crater on your quarter panel popped back out by the dealer? No sweat. Dry ice is an economical solution to pop out the dent without scratching your paint job, thanks to a chemical reaction caused by rapid chilling and heating of the ice and metal. Try using dry ice to remove the dent yourself.

What you’ll need:

  • Insulated gloves
  • Tongs
  • A piece of Penguin Brand Dry Ice® that is slightly larger than the dent
  • A hammer

Before you begin:

  • Purchase your Penguin Brand Dry Ice from a store near you.
  • With gloves on, hold the dry ice over the dent, pressing it against the car until frost begins to form. 
  • Once the frosty area has reached a circumference a couple inches larger than that of the dent, remove the dry ice from the surface of the car and let the metal warm back up. (This works best in the sun, but using a hair dryer on a low setting will also do the trick.)
  • In most cases, the chilling and reheating will cause the dent to pop back out and eliminate the need for a pricey fix from the dealership or auto body shop.

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