How to Get a Dent Out of a Bumper

They sure don’t make ‘em like they used to.  And fortunately for you, dealing with a dented car bumper these days is a lot easier than it used to be.  In this installment of our Fix It in 15:00 video series, we’ll show you how to fix this problem yourself with some simple tools.

A word on car bumpers.  Back in the day, metal bumpers were the standard on vehicles all over the world.  Originally inspired by similar bumpers used on train cars, the ultimate goal of a bumper is to absorb energy in primarily low-speed collisions and while it may be a bummer to have one get damaged, it does protect the front and rear end of your vehicle from damage that could be much more costly.

In the late 1960’s the plastic bumper was introduced and remains to this day.  Not only is it a more cost-effective material, but it’s more flexible than metal bumpers which is the main reason it can be fixed much easier.

Here’s how to get a dent out of a bumper:

  • Take a hairdryer and run it on high heat, in close proximity to the dented plastic bumper for ten minutes (you can place it on a chair so you don’t have to hold it)
  • Once it’s nice and hot, the plastic will be highly flexible
  • Using the handle end of a hammer, with some level of force you’ll want to roll it against the dent from the underside of the bumper

NOTE: BE SURE TO PUT THE EMERGENCY BRAKE ON BEFORE YOU GET UNDER THE CAR.

  • It may take some time, but after working the dent for a few minutes, eventually, it will start to pop out

You can always opt to take it to a body shop to have it painted, but if not, you just saved yourself a few hundred dollars (or more) of expense!

They sure don’t make ‘em like they used to.  And fortunately for you, dealing with a dented car bumper these days is a lot easier than it used to be.  In this installment of our Fix It in 15:00 video series, we’ll show you how to fix this problem yourself with some simple tools.

A word on car bumpers.  Back in the day, metal bumpers were the standard on vehicles all over the world.  Originally inspired by similar bumpers used on train cars, the ultimate goal of a bumper is to absorb energy in primarily low-speed collisions and while it may be a bummer to have one get damaged, it does protect the front and rear end of your vehicle from damage that could be much more costly.

In the late 1960’s the plastic bumper was introduced and remains to this day.  Not only is it a more cost-effective material, but it’s more flexible than metal bumpers which is the main reason it can be fixed much easier.

Here’s how to get a dent out of a bumper:

  • Take a hairdryer and run it on high heat, in close proximity to the dented plastic bumper for ten minutes (you can place it on a chair so you don’t have to hold it)
  • Once it’s nice and hot, the plastic will be highly flexible
  • Using the handle end of a hammer, with some level of force you’ll want to roll it against the dent from the underside of the bumper

NOTE: BE SURE TO PUT THE EMERGENCY BRAKE ON BEFORE YOU GET UNDER THE CAR.

  • It may take some time, but after working the dent for a few minutes, eventually, it will start to pop out

You can always opt to take it to a body shop to have it painted, but if not, you just saved yourself a few hundred dollars (or more) of expense!