Hailstorms are not only dangerous to drive in; they can do some pretty serious damage to the exterior of your vehicle. If you were not able to get your vehicle somewhere safe during the latest hail storm, and you don't have hundreds of dollars available to fork over to get it fixed by a professional, with a few supplies you can fix all the hail dents on your vehicle yourself.
Shop For The Supplies You Will Need
You probably will not have most of the supplies you will need on hand to fix the dents in your vehicle. However, you can pick-up these supplies at either your local auto body store or hardware store:
- 80-Grit Sandpaper
- 120-Grit Sandpaper
- 320-Grit Sandpaper
- Long sanding block
- Dual Action Sander
- Body Filler
- Wax And Grease Remover
- Car Paint Primer
- Car Spray Paint
- Clear Coat Paint
You need to purchase all three different grits of sandpaper. Each level of grit is designed to sand different types of surfaces and you will need all three to fix the dents in your vehicle.
You will also want to make sure that the paint you purchase matches the color of your vehicle.
Sand The Dents Down Using The 80-Grit Sandpaper
Attach the 80-grit sandpaper onto your dual-action sander. Once the sandpaper is attached, use the dual-action sander to sand each dent. You will want to sand each dent until all the paint is removed. You should be able to see the bare metal of your vehicle when you are done sanding. You will need to repeat this process for each dent the hail caused. Use a towel to gently wipe away the particles from sanding when you are done.
Apply The Body Filler To Each Dent
Once all the dents have been sanded down and cleaned off, get out the body filler. You will want to apply enough filler to each dent so that the filler is just a little higher than the surrounding surface of your car. You want to make it a little higher than the surface of your vehicle because the filler will contract as it dries, and you need to sand the filler smooth as well. You can use the plastic squeegee you bought to spread the filler.
You will need to let the filler dry for about one hour. Be sure to check the back of the package you purchased for the exact manufacturer recommended drying time.
Sand The Filler Using The 120-Grit Sandpaper
Once the filler is dry, you will need to use the 120-grit sandpaper. You will want to apply the 120-grit sandpaper to a long sanding block. You will want to keep the sanding block flat against your vehicle and use long strokes to sand down the filler.
Once the filler is even with your vehicle and the surface of the filler is smooth, wipe the filler area off with a wax and grease remover.
Spray The Primer Onto Each Hail Spot
Now you will need to take out the primer and spray each filler spot with the primer. You should keep the sprayer about a foot away from the surface of your vehicle. Let it dry for at least thirty minutes, then spray on a second coat of primer.
Once the primer has dried, you will want to use the 320-grit sandpaper on your sanding block. Once again, sand down each area you treated until it is level with the surface of your vehicle. Use a wax and grease remover again to clean each spot before you move on.
Spray Paint Over Each Filled Hole
Once the primer has dried and has been sanded, you can spray each filled hole with the paint you purchased to match your vehicle. Just like with the primer, keep the paint at least a foot from the surface of your car. Allow each coat of paint to dry for at least fifteen minutes before you apply the next coat. You will want to apply three layers of paint.
Once the paint has dried, you will want to apply the clear coat paint that you purchased. This will give all the spots you filled and painted the same look as the rest of your vehicle.
It may take you a whole day to fix the dents left in your vehicle by the hail. Should you need assistance, contact a professional like NAPA Autopro.Share