Slide Hammer – A weighted device used to pull dents either with glue pulling or conventional repairs.
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The slide hammer is the main tool used with the glue pulling process for removing dents. The slide part is the weight that does the work. When the slide hits the handle or stop, it drives the force back pulling the glue tab from the vehicle and bringing the dented metal with it.
How to use a Slide Hammer
After properly glueing the tab to the dent, you place the opening of the hammer around it. Timing of the pull is critical. If you do not wait for the glue to set up, it will not stick at all and if the glue dries too long, you will not get a good pull either. Experimentation will allow for perfect timing and successful dent pulling. A feel is also developed for how fast or hard you pull the slide back. Sometimes a slight tap will do the trick, while other dents will require banging with all your might. The pulls should be straight back or 90 degrees to the panel so the dent does not pull up crooked. A dent that was pulled badly is much more difficult to repair completely. Sometimes the dent must be softened first. This requires tapping down the pressure areas with a knockdown or a blending hammer.
Slide Hammer – By Dave Streen
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