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How to pull a dent from a plastic bumper cover

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This Instructable will show you how to pull a dent from a plastic bumper cover. In this case, the dent was in a 2007 (or thereabouts) Honda Civic, but I'm sure many other cars are similar. I didn't have a camera handy when I did this, but I'll try to explain. The illustration  shows the approximate size and location of the dent.


caveats:
-some people say you can use suction cups or a plunger to pull the dent. I couldn't make it work in this case, but it's easy and worth a try.
-if you can get behind the dent, you may be able to push it out
-You should try to pull the dent as soon as possible. If you wait too long, there will still be a trace of the dent when you pull it. Plastic creeps when it's under stress for a long time.
-if you use a ceramic flower pot for this, you might break it
-you may scratch the paint a little if you're not careful enough
-I imagine this process works on metal too, but I haven't tried it.

 
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Step 1: Tools and materials

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Tools and Materials:
-vacuum cleaner (ordinary household may work, or a shop vac, use the strongest one available)
-tape (duct tape or masking tape)
- flower pot or bucket with hole in the bottom. The stiffer the better, and large enough to cover the dent. If there's more than one hole, you can tape over the other holes.

-sponge
-soapy water in a bucket
-towel you don't care about

Step 2: Clean off dirt

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You'll want the tape to stick well, so clean off the edge of the pot and the car where the tape will go. After cleaning, dry off with a towel so tape will stick. You might want to apply tape to the edge of the pot to prevent scratching the car's paint.