Repair Your Truck's Fender If It Is Slightly Dented and Paint Has Chipped Off of It in a Few Spots

Posted on: 22 August 2016

If you swerved off of a wet roadway and hit a guardrail with your truck, and now the right right fender is slightly dented and has a few spots that contain chipped paint as a result, make repairs to your vehicle's body by completing the steps below.


  • mallet
  • wooden block
  • hand plunger
  • emery cloth
  • water hose
  • automotive detergent
  • sponge
  • towel
  • primer pen
  • bottle of touch up paint
  • clear, buffing compound
  • buffing cloths

Remove the Dent and Sand the Portions That Contain Chipped Paint

Place a wooden block against the fender's interior, directly behind the dent. Tap the wood firmly with a mallet. This may eliminate the dent altogether. If it doesn't, however, secure a hand plunger directly over the dent on the exterior side of the fender. Dampen the rubber suction cup if you have difficulty getting it to adhere to the fender's surface.

Grip the plunger's handle firmly and pull it towards yourself to release the rubber suction cup. Reattach the plunger and remove it several times until the dent is no longer visible. Rub the portion of the fender that contains chipped paint firmly with an emery cloth. Move the sandpaper side of the cloth back and forth over the damaged surface until it is smooth. 

Clean the Fender's Exterior and Apply Primer and Paint to Areas in Need

Dampen a sponge with a water hose and add a little bit of automotive detergent to its surface. Rub the fender's exterior with the sponge. Once it is clean, rinse the fender off with plain water and dry the clean section with a towel. Shake a primer pen to mix its contents. Place the tip of the pen against bare spots on the fender's surface and move it across each spot until they are all evenly covered.

After the primer dries, apply one or two coats of touch-up paint over it. Wait plenty of time for the paint to dry. Pour a small amount of clear, buffing compound that is meant to be used on automobiles onto a buffing cloth. Apply the side of the cloth that has compound on it directly against the fender's surface and move the cloth in circles as you apply moderate pressure to the back of it. Once the edges of the fresh paint are well-blended with the rest of the paint on the fender, use a clean cloth to wipe off any excess compound.

If you have trouble with this project or would like a professional to do it for you, contact a company like Central Body Co Inc