DRIVERS have responded to a TikTok video showing a quick and inexpensive fix to car dents.
The video, uploaded by social media star supercarbondie, has been viewed more than 6.5 million times.
The video shows the rear of a BMW X1 SUV that has suffered an impact that caused the plastic rear bumper area to be dented.
Next to it, two people are holding a few items you’ll almost certainly have lying around the house – a kettle and a flask.
After the kettle boils, the hot water is poured over the dent and the plunger quickly put on.
A quick pull on the plunger brings out the dent.
You might think that a small imperfection remains, but the video seems to show that the bumper looks like new.
Car bumpers are vacuum formed and are actually designed to return to their original shape whenever possible.
A little heat will help relax the plastic a little, and pulling with something like a plunger will bring it back into line.
However, it should be noted that this only works on plastic, not metal.
Also, not all dents are created equal, so don’t expect perfect results every time.
However, if you are successful, you can save yourself hundreds of dollars in repair fees at the local dent repair center.
supecarblondie said, “Finally a DIY project I can get around” in the caption of the TikTok video.
There are various videos on TikTok showing people trying to fix dents with hot water and pestles.
Not all are successful.
People used the comments to share their thoughts on the handy auto hack.
orange_gorillaman said, “supercarblondie: has millions of cars that cost millions of dollars. She too: use Plunger Hack.”
itzdaja1 said: “That’s old. My grandpa does it.”
nerviona warned: “However this only fixes the plastic parts of it which are the bumpers, don’t try this with metal body parts!!
https://www.thesun.ie/motors/8772065/repaired-dents-for-free-using-items-house/ I fixed my car’s dents for free using items from around the house