View Full Version : Heat and dry ice to remove hail damage

09-03-2004, 01:33 PM
Remember that post? Well I posted to see if folks had ideas for removing large 20 year-old hail dings from my triumph. Well, I tried it. It may have worked a little for a few that I could apply both heat to the underside and dry ice to the top. It was suggested that I use a hair dryer (instead of a torch) so I wouldn't fry my paint on the inside. I heated the underside until it felt pretty hot to the touch and was starting to smoke the underside and then applied a chunk of dry ice. It took a long time with a 1600 watt hair dryer to get the thick triumph metal hot. Then I would apply dry ice on the top side. (Hard to manipulate with gloves on) I repeated the procedure several times for about 5 of the 15 or so places on the car and could maybe see a little improvement. Maybe the thickness of the metal or time lapse or insufficient temperature contrast with a hair dryer was the cause. Was also hard to get a "chunk" of dry ice in full contact with the dimple--- So-- It's back to the molly and hammer and putty to finish the job. Anyway, I tried and had some dry ice left over to make some spookey bubbles for the neighborhood kids.

09-03-2004, 06:59 PM
My guess is you have to get the metal much hotter. Which will then burn the paint and then you have to repaint it.

09-03-2004, 08:59 PM
I think they use a heat gun,...and you need to be careful to not blister the paint.
I still think the more modern methods of paintless dent removal are probably better.