A big dent in your garage door is unattractive. It can potentially compromise the door’s integrity and operation, necessitating professional repair. Smaller ones, on the other hand, may be fixed for a low cost.

Did your child ding the door by striking it with a tennis ball or batting a baseball in the wrong direction? You don’t have to put up with a damaged garage door if you don’t want to.

Supplies – So, gather your supplies (for this first approach, you will need a wooden block, a rubber mallet, fine-grit sandpaper, a putty knife, patching material, and paint) because it’s finally time to address that ding in your garage door, the one that may make or break a first impression.

Repairing a Dented Garage Door with a Rubber Mallet

Mallet Approach

The good news is that repairing your damaged garage is a straightforward operation that does not need the technical skills of a professional handyman, and you most likely already have the necessary materials on hand.

This is the mallet approach, a tried-and-true means of smoothing out the damaged surface of your garage door.

  • The first step is to clean the damaged area and let it dry entirely carefully. Wipe away dust, filth, and grime using warm water and soap, then dry the surface with a towel or let it air dry. Then, using your rubber mallet, hit the dented area with your wooden block to smooth it out.
  • Although it won’t be ideal, your rubber mallet should be able to remove the primary ding. The rest will be handled by fine-grit sandpaper. Even out the surface using fine-grit sandpaper.
  • It’s now time to get your mending substance, such as compound or auto body filler, out. You will use this material to cover the damaged, sanded region, piling it on to fill in the dents and smooth it out.
  • To ensure equal and smooth application, use your putty knife to apply the repairing material. Because you will be sanding it down to level it, don’t be afraid to apply a thick layer of patching material over your damaged area. It’s preferable to have too much stuff on hand than not enough.
  • Grab a new sheet of fine-grit sandpaper and start sanding after letting the area dry thoroughly (see the manufacturer’s directions on the box for how long you should let the area dry). The site has now been filled in and brought up to the same level as the rest of the door.
  • The method’s finishing touches are straightforward: primer and paint. Only a paintbrush, primer, paint that matches the color of your door, and time to allow the layers to dry in between are required. You won’t be able to tell the garage door was ever dented until it’s been repaired—a job well done.
Repairing a Dented Garage Door with a Rubber Mallet

Repairing a Dented Garage Door with a Rubber Mallet

Compressed Air Can Help You Repair Your Dented Garage Door

Compressed Air Approach

The mallet method takes a long time and, in some cases, more effort than most of us want to put in to repair a dent in our garage door.

Another option exists, but it may necessitate going out of your way to obtain a compressed air canister if you don’t already have one. The compressed air approach is significantly faster and may repair most garage door dents in about 10 minutes.

The compressed air technique begins similarly.

  • Allow the dented area of your garage door to dry thoroughly after washing it with warm water and detergent. This is critical; having all of your supplies on hand since you will need to move quickly to make this work.
  • Have the following items on hand:
  • Foil made of aluminum (a piece large enough to cover the dent)
  • A source of heat (a lighter will work just fine)
  • Canister of compressed air
  • Cover the dent with the aluminum foil, ensuring sure it covers the whole region. Heat the aluminum foil evenly for about a minute using your heat source. After the piece of foil has become nice and hot, remove it and spray the dent upside down for half a minute with your pressurized air canister.
  • Watch as the dent vanishes owing to the significant temperature differential between the air’s liquid carbon dioxide and your heat source, causing the dent to pop back into place. It should take between one and two minutes.

Bottom Line

A garage door protects your family members, employees, and any items or valuables in storage against theft, bad weather, and severe temperatures. It’s critical to keep an eye on the State of Your Panels and pay particular attention to wear and tear if you want to make sure your investment lasts.

If you cannot repair the dent in your garage door on your own, you may always hire a professional. Replacement doors are very inexpensive, so don’t give up if neither approach succeeds in repairing the damage. Contact Paragon Garage Doors & Locksmith LLC for the best garage door replacement. They provide a variety of garage door services, such as garage door replacement and repairs.