Top 8 Dent Removal Kits
By | Last updated: December 2, 2020
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This post will be prefaced with two huge caveats. First, your author has exactly a single experience with this type of tool, meaning the recommendations contained within this article are drawn upon that brief encounter, opinions of others who have more experience, and consultations with a battered Ouija board.

The second? We can’t be responsible if you use one of these tools on, say, a leased vehicle only to completely fubar the paint and bodywork. Repairs are at your own risk, folks. If you’re not sure how to use these tools, go find someone who knows what they’re doing.

With that nonsense out of the way, let’s take a gander at what’s on the market for those who seek to straighten out that huge dent in the family whip. Do it right, and your better half might not even know you wrinkled the sheetmetal while hurriedly exiting the Brazzers Revue parking lot. You’re on your own for the wayward credit card receipt from that establishment, though. The best dent repair kits might be able to help drivers erase an embarrassing mistake, and most cost less than going to a body shop to get the work done. These kits won’t work miracles on all dents, however, so make sure to know what you’re getting into or get a quote from a body shop to get a frame of reference first.

1. Editor’s Pick: Fly5D Paintless Dent Repair and Removal Kit

Billing itself as fit for both the shop and casual shadetree mechanic, this kit comes with a boatload of tools with which to straighten out your car’s sheetmetal. The package packs instructions on how to best tackle different kinds of dents without harming the delicate paintwork. Puller tabs of various size and shape are included, along with a rubber hammer and glue gun. There’s a pair of white gloves in there too, making even OJ feel right at home.

The manufacturer approves this kit for dent removal on automobiles, washing machines, and – strangely – refrigerators. Dude, if you’re head-butting the fridge in a failed effort to get inside, it’s time to put down the beer.

Pros/Kit includes a cubic acre of tools, stainless steel construction
Cons/Not the cheapest option, looks terrifying complex at first glance
Bottom Line/Editor's Pick for best Dent Repair Kit

2. Best Seller: Manelord Auto Body Repair Tool Kit

Here’s a kit that manages to combine affordability with a set of great reviews from real-world customers. Using the principle of leverage, this tool has an arched bridge which allows for adjustment of pin spacing and rotation so the thing can fit all different kinds of dents. The puller itself is made of tempered high-carbon stainless steel and standard stainless steel, while the parts of the tool that actually touch the car’s body are made from high-quality rubber, lessening the chance of paint damage.

Reviews are great, averaging a four-star rating based on a couple of hundred reviews. The fact that it is dirt cheap surely helps but many customers report better-than-expected results, and the seller seems to be engaged with questions be asked on Amazon.

Pros/Rock-bottom price, decent reviews
Cons/Doesn’t include a huge array of tools
Bottom Line/Affordable option with plenty of feedback

3. Simple Solution: Yoohe Black Aluminum Suction Cup Dent Puller

Eschewing hot glue and complicated slide hammers, this unit is simply a giant suction cup. The same technology has been used for years in both dent removal and keeping plush Garfield cats stuck to car windows. Measuring about 5 inches in diameter, the thick rubber suction cup latches on to the bodywork, relying on the upper body strength of the user to yank the sheetmetal back into shape.

The handle is listed as a thick aluminum alloy, despite looking to be of a plastic construction in photos of the black example. It is split, with one half swinging 90 degrees into an upright position as it pumps the air out of the space between the cup and car, creating suction.

Pros/Dead simple to use, cheap as chips
Cons/May not be suitable for all kinds of dents, requires muscle to use properly
Bottom Line/If you don't want something overly complex

4. Gliston Car Dent Puller Kit

This option seems to offer the DIYer a good dent removal tool at an affordable price. It comes with a quartet of different sized tabs that should address most dents including hail damage and parking lot dings from rudely opened doors.

In a rare spurt of corporate truthfulness, the seller takes the time to note “you will have different DIY auto body dent removal experiences.” In other words, the effectiveness of this kit is largely dependent on the skill of the user. The manufacturer also says its adhesive system design allows dent removal without the messy, sticky residue some systems are known to leave behind.

Pros/Affordable, wide array of tools
Cons/Not strong enough for heavy gauge metal according to reviews
Bottom Line/We appreciate the truth in advertising

5. Gliston Paintless Dent Puller

Despite hailing from the same brand name as the product one entry above, this option provides a different main tool for dent pulling. Swapping the slide hammer for a suction-style compression handle – two sizes are included – may appeal to different DIYers. Not a bad marketing strategy.

According to customer feedback, this tool works well on small-sized damage like that caused by hailstorms or falling acorns (great if you’re being terrorized by a rogue gang of squirrels). Sharp or deep dents may require a different approach. Patience seems to be the key with this tool.

 

Pros/Very positive reviews, ample customer photos
Cons/Be sure to use the proper glue sticks
Bottom Line/Buyers liked the metal (not plastic) handle

6. SILIVN Paintless Dent Repair Kit

Wading through the English-as-a-tenth-language ad copy, we find a product that purports to be made of “advanced” plastic. What makes this man-made material any different from proletarian plastic is unclear but at least there are several product pictures for your viewing pleasure.

Only five reviews have been left so far on this product, giving your author pause before hitting the Buy Now button. Still, those that exist are positive with the caveat that some of the little plastic dent-pulling feet are more brittle than old candy. Use caution.

Pros/Reviews that do exist are very recent and mostly full of praise
Cons/... but there's only five of them
Bottom Line/Perhaps it's prudent to wait until more feedback appears

7. Anyyion Paintless Dent Repair Kit

This kit contains a wide array of dent removal tools ranging from compression grips to bridge boards. Nearly thirty glue tabs of varying shapes and sizes are. An array of different glue sticks, of steadily increasing strength, are also included. There is also a BFH included for good measure.

As one of the more expensive options on this list, the manufacturer is wise to also include all these tools. Reviews are solidly in the green, with a few customers complaining about the quality of the plastic glue tabs but reporting good overall construction of all the other tools. The listing has plenty of customer-supplied photos.

Pros/Includes a cubic acre of tools, positive online reviews
Cons/More costly than some kits, some report a missing case on arrival
Bottom Line/More costly than some kits, some report a missing case on arrival

8. Super Buy 13PC Dent Puller Auto Body Repair Tool Kit

On this occasion, Jeremy Clarkson was right—sometimes all you need is a hammer. Said to be made of heavy duty drop-forged carbon steel, this dent puller set should work on most cars and trucks. Because it attaches to the exterior of the vehicle, it removes dents without having to mess with interior panels and upholsteries.

The steel shaft on which the knurled slide hammer is mounted (hey, get yer mind outta the gutter!) measures about two feet long and three-quarters of an inch on the round. Used correctly, the pulling force of this tool should be quite strong. It comes with a plastic carrying case so you shouldn’t lose anything.

Pros/Forceful use of physics allows for repair of tough dents, well reviewed by most customers
Cons/Not the cheapest on this list, offers a single type of repair
Bottom Line/A great slide hammer if that's what you want

FAQs for Using a Dent Removal Kit

What’s the difference between these tools?

If you’re a shadetree mechanic with only a passing knowledge of how to use dent removal tools, it is a good idea to research the different types available to determine which one will work the best for the repair you want to complete. A slide hammer may produce significantly different results than what a suction cup tool or bridge board will provide.

Is much force required?

Choosing a tool with too much grunt can do more harm than good while selecting a unit that is not forceful enough will create frustration and wasted time.

Are they good for all dents?

Whatever you decide to buy, remember that most of these tools listed here will work best fixing shallow dents on flat and flexible surfaces, such as the wide expanse of a car door.

Will the dent disappear completely?

Even then, the repair will not likely create a perfect finish. More complicated dents—ones on a corner, covering a bodyline crease, and so forth—may require the services of a professional.

8 Comments on “Work That Body: The Best Dent Repair Kits for Your Car...”


  • avatar
    twotone

    The best dent repair tool is a mobile phone. Use it to call the body shop.

  • avatar
    ToolGuy

    If you are trying this for the first time and pulling on the paint, do *not* do it in cold weather.

    [Recall that the metal panel and the primer and the color coat (and the pearl coat) and the clearcoat were very happy going through the paint oven together at the plant and have fond memories of the experience. They are less happy in frigid temperatures and might just break up with each other if you start yanking on the clearcoat when it is cold outside.]

  • avatar
    davew833

    I’d be leery of using a slide hammer puller. There’s no way to control the force. You’ll likely end up with a high spot rather than a dent.

  • avatar
    watersketch

    I dont know about the do it yourself kits but I did just use one of those “Dent Repair” shops for the first time on my Subaru. For $150 they took a long dent out of a door panel that would have been over $1000 to replace. And it took them 90 minutes instead of the week that the body shop wanted.

    I watched them for a bit and there is no way I could have done that work myself without a ton of experience.

  • avatar
    S197GT

    my brother once tried to put an animal out of its misery; only made it worse. (i toyed with having a t-shirt made for him that said as much.)

    my point is some things are left to those with the proper know-how. i won’t be trying to bang out any dents unless the car is a beater.

  • avatar
    C5 is Alive

    Let’s make this simple: anyone seriously looking to TTAC for buying tips on DIY dent pull kits has no business whatsoever attempting such a repair themselves. YOU WILL F*** IT UP.

    Call the professionals, be it a PDR tech or a body shop.

    • 0 avatar
      Ol Shel

      It’s already F***ED up. If someone wants to try dent pulling, good for them.

      That said, to make most dents perfect, there will be some filler, prime, and paint involved. That’s a whole ‘nuther can of worms.

      • 0 avatar
        C5 is Alive

        If it’s a 1987 Plymouth Reliant, sure, but for any vehicle actually worth something you really should leave it to the pros.

        Paint & body techs have lots of stories about “good for them” folks whose attempted repairs turned what had been a simple PDR or light bodywork/paint blend into extra $$$ and a CarFax “accident” report.

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