The Six Things You Need To Do To Repair An Auto Body Dent

One of the most useful applications of stud welding is being able to repair auto body dents. The process for repairing dents with stud welding products is fairly simple and straightforward. The following are the six basic steps of the process:

Sand the area surrounding the dent

The first step is to sand the dent itself and a wide area surrounding the dental. You need to use a dual action sander. Also, you need to make sure that you sand all the way down to the metal because you're going to be repainting at the end of this process. 

Clean the area with a mild detergent and dry it

Next, it's a good idea to clean the area to remove dirt and to make sure there is nothing but metal at the surface. You can do the cleaning with warm water mixed with mild detergent. Use a soft sponge and wash away any residue in and around the dent.

It's a good idea to dry the area and make sure that it is completely free of moisture before you continue to the next step. 

Weld studs into the auto body across the dent

It's then necessary to weld studs into the dented area. Studs should be placed all across the dent and in the center. If the dent is particularly larger, it might be necessary to weld several rows of studs across it.

Use a slide hammer to pull out the dent by grabbing on to the studs

To remove the dent, a slide hammer is used to grasp on to the studs and pull out the dent. One should start at the outer studs first and pull them out, then gradually work in to the studs at the center of the dent.

Take the studs off and sand down any raised portions of your auto body

Studs can then be broken off using the slide hammer. The slide hammer can be placed over each stud and then quickly jerked away. After the studs are removed, it will be necessary to sand down the auto body's surface so that it is smooth and even.

Paint over the area that has been worked on

The last step is to put paint back on the auto body so that it looks as it did before the vehicle become dented. Of course, it's important to match the vehicle color exactly, and several coats will typically need to be applied to match up with the appearance of the painted surface on the rest of the vehicle.