How do I fix hail damage on a car hood?

How can I fix hail damage on my car hood? It hailed horribly yesterday and now I have these huge dents on my hood.

I’m so sorry to hear that! If the hail damage isn’t too bad, you can easily fix it at home with a couple of different methods. Here’s what you can try:
  • Try heating and cooling the dents. Apply heat to the dents with a heat gun or a hairdryer on low to medium heat. Then carefully apply dry ice to each dent. The heat should expand the metal and the cooling should pop metal back in place. (Caution: Heating and cooling could damage your paint or make the issue worse. Be careful!)
  • Buy a pushing tool kit. You can use a pushing tool kit to gently push under the dent until it returns to normal.
  • Use pulling tools. This is the opposite of what you’d do with a pushing tool kit. A pulling tool kit has the tools you need to plunge or pull the dents out.
If you try any of the methods above, be careful not to damage your car! When in doubt, have your local auto body shop repair your car if the damage is severe or you’re not comfortable fixing it yourself. For hail damage, your comprehensive coverage car insurance should cover a trip to the auto shop.
If you’re in need of comprehensive coverage, use the Jerry to help you find a policy quickly. While it won’t cover your repairs this time, it will in any similar future event—plus, all you have to do is choose which plan is best for you, and we’ll help add it to your plan!
Best of luck with the repairs!
Ben Guess
Answered on Oct 25, 2021
Ben has a BA in Journalism + Design from The New School, as well as three years’ experience in content writing and data journalism. They are deeply interested in how the car industry intersects with issues of inequity in the world, as well as in making auto insurance more accessible through writing. When they’re away from the keyboard, they enjoy baking, embroidering, and playing Dungeons and Dragons with friends. They are based in Boston, Massachusetts.

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