Different garage door materials offer varying durability, with certain materials denting more easily than others. While it has become more durable than it was in the past, aluminum doors are most likely to dent. An errant softball or unfortunate collision can result in a dent that definitely doesn’t enhance curb appeal. Smaller dents can be DIY’ed, but we’re always on call if you need assistance, or a new door altogether. Wooden doors particularly would benefit from professional help, but aluminum and stainless steel doors are easier for homeowners to handle. Garage techs are skilled in removing tricky dents and for many, you won’t need to replace your door.
Repairing Dents in an Aluminum Garage Door Supplies:
– Compressed air
– Source of heat (lighter, or lamp)
– Aluminum foil
- Fill your bucket with warm water and add a small amount of dish soap. Scrub the dent clean, being sure to remove all traces of dirt and grime. Allow this area to thoroughly dry for at least an hour.
- Place a layer of aluminum foil over the dent.
- While foil is in place, apply your heat source evenly across the foil.
- After about a minute, you can remove the foil. Working quickly, grab your can of compressed air and hold it upside down. This allows the extremely cold carbon dioxide mixture to come out. Spray the dent for about 30 seconds.
Repairing a Steel Door Supplies:
- Steel door or auto body filling compound
- Sandpaper (400-grit is ideal)
- Putty Knife
- Wash the door with the same method as before and let dry.
- Sand the door and wipe away dust.
- Apply the filling compound to the dented area with a putty knife.
- Wait for the compound to dry and then sand again.
- Apply primer.
- Paint to match original color.