Unusual Dry Ice Uses: Fixing Dents and Hail Damage
We’re baaaaack… with more unusual uses of dry ice! This one’s really unusual, so get ready to be blown away. Dry ice can actually be used to fix dents in vehicle bodies! It’s not great for all dents, but it does really, truly work, and it’s pretty cool if we do say so ourselves. We’ll outline the steps below, but remember first and foremost to keep proper handling and safety in mind.
Removing Dents and Dings With Dry Ice
Step 1: Inspect Damage. Taking an account of the damage to your vehicle will let you know whether this method is appropriate for fixing your issue. Dry ice is best used for shallow dents with a wider surface area. Dents on flat panels like the hood, roof, trunk, or doors are prime candidates for a dry ice solution. It should be noted that this process only works on metal.
Step 2: Collect Materials. Aside from the dry ice, which you can get from us, much of what else you’ll need can be acquired at your local grocery or hardware store. You’ll need proper handling and storage equipment, obviously, as well as a hair dryer and a roll of aluminum foil.
Step 3: Warm the Area. What’s the hair dryer for, you might ask. The way this process works is through heating the dent to make it more malleable before using the dry ice into the equation. On a medium heat setting, gently warm the panel by keeping the hair dryer 5”-7” away and moving it constantly to prevent paint damage. If your dryer only has one temperature setting or you want to be extra cautious, you can use the aluminum foil to insulate the heat a little bit. This step should take about 1-3 minutes, or until the surface of the car is warm to the touch.
Step 4: Dry Ice Time! This is our favorite part, although we’re biased. Using the aluminum foil to protect the surface of the vehicle, take dry ice and hold it against the dent over top of the foil. Carefully move the dry ice around the dented area to quickly cool it. The sudden temperature change will cause the dent to pop outward, fixing the problem! It may take a couple tries to get it out completely, and there might be some additional cosmetic damage needed afterward, but the dent will be fixed with the magic of dry ice!
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