photos by Andrew Bauer
Step 1: Prep and Introduction to the stud welder
Dent Removal 101
From my experience pulling out the huge dent from my rear quarter panel, I have found that the beautiful cars we drive are built like tanks. There are many methods used to pull dents such as, the hammer dolly method, but when I tried alternate methods on my â69 MM, I found that the construction of the vehicle did not give much room for future body work. I removed both the rear bumper and the tail light in hopes of being able to use the hammer dolly method on the dent, only to find out that there are panels welded behind every nook and cranny of the vehicle! So donât waste your time pulling parts off your pro-car unless youâre sure it will help you to get to the opposite side of the dent you want to pull. Now moving right along â
1. Remember safety first! Always use safety glasses, dust masks, and ear plugs. I love you all and Iâd hate to see you get hurt!
2. Locate the dent and grind off the finish. In order for the stud gun to weld the stud into the surface, the surface must be bare metal.
3. Circle the lowest points of the dent. (I also like to lightly tap around the diameter of the dent just to relieve stress from the metal making the dent easier to pull)
4. The Stud Welder-see diagram
The copper ring is what contacts the bare medal thus acting as a ground for the welding of the stud. The stud holder is where you place the stud you are going to weld on to the surface. Once the contact ring is grounded, the trigger is pushed to send the electrical current that makes the weld possible.