Have you discovered a scratch or dent on your new Volvo car or SUV? The experts in the Auto Body Shop at Underriner Volvo can take care of any auto body work you need done, but if you want to fix minor damage yourself, you'll find that there are some easy remedies. Learn more about the different types of dents and scratches and how to fix them in this guide from the professionals at our dealership in Billings.

DIY Fixes for Scratches

If you find a small scratch on your vehicle that doesn't seem to be significant enough to warrant a visit to a local Shepherd-area body shop, here are a few scratch removal tips you can try yourself.

  • Sandpaper: Shallow scratches on the surface of your vehicle can easily be removed after cleaning the area and gently rubbing over it with 2000-grit wet sandpaper. Once it's at a point where the scratch is almost invisible, apply a rubbing compound.
  • Candle wax: Gently rub the wax over the cleaned area to seal the scratch. This is only a temporary solution, but it will hold in an emergency.
  • Super glue: Similar to candle wax, super glue can help seal the scratch temporarily so that it blends with the vehicle, masking the damage slightly.

DIY Fixes for Dents

An unsightly dent can ruin the curb appeal of your Volvo. One of these simple do-it-yourself dent fixes may just do the trick and save you a trip to the body shop:

  • Plunger: You can use either a bathroom plunger or a car dent plunger to pop the dent out.
  • Hammer or Mallet: Use one of these on the opposite side of the dent to help knock the spot back into place. A hammer is good for smaller fixes, and a mallet is best for larger dents. Make sure that you protect the side you are hammering with a towel or something equivalent to avoid more damage.
  • Dent puller: This method is a bit more involved, so you should only proceed with it if you have some experience. This method requires drilling a hole in the dent, lacing wire through it, and pulling the dent back to surface level. You'll then need to fill the hole, sand it down, and paint the area.

Rely on the Auto Body Repair Experts at Underriner Volvo

If the damage to your vehicle requires more than a simple DIY fix, turn to the professionals at Underriner Volvo. The skilled technicians in our state-of-the-art collision center can restore your vehicle to like-new condition, and we'll work with your insurance company to ensure that the job is done in a timely fashion. Contact us today to schedule an appointment, or take the time to learn more vehicle maintenance tips such as how often to get an oil change and when to replace your car brakes.


Underriner Volvo Cars

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Directions Billings, MT 59106

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