Stuff We Love: Dent Pullers
Gotta Dent? Fix it yourself with one of these cool tools.
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The Inevitable Dent
It’s almost inevitable that objects bump into one another, especially cars, and the result usually involves some kind of dent. If it’s a sizable dent you’ll probably have a pro fix it, hopefully on somebody else’s insurance, but if its a dent that hasn’t damaged the paint badly, you can save time and money by going DIY and getting a dent puller. These useful tools aren’t just for cars, they can also be used on motorcycles, refrigerators, washing machines and other household appliances. Today on Stuff We Love we look at three different types of Dent Pullers. Watch Mike Berner discuss how each of these dent pullers works in the video below and then read on for further product details.
Yoohe Dent Puller Kit
This is a glue based system that works well for smaller dents. It comes with a variety of different size and shape buttons that you choose to best fit the dent. The buttons are glued on with a non-toxic hot glue using the gun included in the kit. Once you have the button glued in place you attach the tip of the puller to the button and then use the slide hammer on the T-bar handle to pull out the dent. The T bar breaks down to 3 different smaller configurations to use without the slide hammer. If you have a long crease dent to deal with, there is a longer head attachment that works with a specific set of tabs. Once you are done with the puller, use isopropyl alcohol in the supplied spray bottle, along with two different plastic scrapers, to remove the glue. We found this kit worked relatively well, but be sure the glue is plenty hot and allow proper drying time for the pull tabs to stick. It’s also helpful to have a microfiber cloth on hand for getting all the glue removed. With some practice, this kit does a decent job of removing golf-ball size hail dents.
Klutch Heavy-Duty Dent Puller
This dent puller has plenty of tenacious power with its 5-in. suction cup. To use it, push the cup in at the center of the dent. Once the cup is compressed, it sticks on the surface. Then pull out the dent and release the cup with the trigger on the handle. This puller won’t work for small dimple dents but it works great on larger panel dents. Another use for this tool is picking up and placing large panels of glass or mirror, large-format tile or just about anything else with a smooth finish.
Klutch Pneumatic Dent Puller
This is an impressive pro-grade system, but it requires only a maximum of 90 PSI, so you don’t need a big compressor. The 3-, 4- and 6-in. suction cups thread on to a stout 3/4-in.-diameter handle that works with the hefty 3-lb. slide hammer. In the handle grip is a pressure inverter that converts compressed air into a powerful suction point at the tip of the handle. There is a 13-in. inlet hose with a shut-off valve to control the suction.
This dent puller was easy to set up and did an impressive job with a very large door dent. Its cost might be a bit steep for one-time use, but if you’re an auto enthusiast/restorer or someone who’s prone to a lot of dents, it’s a great choice.