UNFORTUNATE CHAIN OF EVENTS
Oh no! There was a nasty accident, and now an ugly dent is stuck on the laptop. Bad boy OCD then decides to pay a visit, and it is just miserable to see an otherwise perfect laptop ruined by a tiny pothole. How do we fix a laptop dent? Return it to the “smooth” state? Is it even possible to repair it by ourselves?
Well, it can be tricky to fix a laptop dent. But we can either use suction cups to try to pull the dent back into shape, or open the laptop to push the dent out from inside the casing.
But of course, not everyone is a tech wizard and is confident enough disassemble a computer. So in this guide, we will also walk through various other methods. As strange as this may sound, there are actually not many “legit” solutions to fixing dents on computers. So here is a collection of various methods based on vehicles from all over the Internet instead – Read on to find out!
A WORD OF WARNING
All of these repair methods involve messing with the laptop in various ways – Opening, hammering, and tinkering. Of course, it will pretty much void the warranty by attempting to do any form of DIY repairs. On top of it, a botched repair can make things worse… So do these repairs at your own risk..
1) JUST HAMMER IT!
This is probably the simplest fix if the laptop is dented on a small corner, bumping out on the other side – You should be able to push it back into shape by hammering on the protruding side, without having to open up the entire computer. But, a big fat nope to the above video. That is not how we should hammer an electronic device back into shape. The appropriate way is to:
- Use a rubber mallet, not a metal hammer.
- Place a piece of cloth on where you want to hammer, to protect it against scratches and further damage.
- Put a piece of wood on top of the cloth so that it flattens nicely.
- Use light taps – Do not exert too much force and smash the laptop…
2) DENT PULLER REPAIR KIT
Now, this is actually a repair tool that is meant for use on dented vehicles, but pretty sure that we can apply it to laptops as well. Very easy to use. Simply “stick” the suction tool on the dented area, and slowly attempt to pull it back into shape. No need to open and disassemble the laptop. If you don’t want to get the tool online, you should also be able to get one of these from any auto-store.
P.S. Please do be very careful with this tool though, pulling too hard can potentially destroy the electronics and joints inside the laptop.
3) OPEN AND HAMMER
Remember the first “just hammer” method? This one is pretty much the same, but it requires opening up the laptop – That is, hammering from inside of the casing inside. This is particularly good if you can’t get the suction cups to work properly. But of course, a gentle reminder that you need to know how to put the laptop back afterward…
4) THE COVER-UP
This is a method that I will recommend to people with cracked and dented laptops. Please don’t attempt to push or pull on the cracked dent anymore, as it will most likely cause even more damages. In this case, it will make more sense to repair and reinforce the damaged dent.
- Buy a piece of thin aluminum or acrylic sheet, and use superglue to paste it over the dent. That will add to the material strength, and give you back a flat surface.
- Rather than cutting the sheet down to the size of a small dent, I will recommend to just “carpet” over an entire area. For example, pasting the sheet over the entire laptop cover.
- Next, clean up the repaired area a little bit, and stick the vinyl wrap over.
All of these might cost a little more, and take some time to fix – But you get to choose a customized wrap of your own choice.
AVOID USING TOO MUCH HEAT & COLD
Now, you might stumble on some repair methods that require the use of a hot glue gun to stick a tab onto the dent, or freezing the dent with dry ice – Please try to avoid using any of those methods. They may work well on vehicles, but remember that you are working on a laptop.
There are plenty of sensitive electronics inside the laptop, and they can be easily damaged when we apply extreme heat… Not to mention that destroying the laptop battery pack by heating is a really bad idea.
EXTRA – IF IT AIN’T BROKEN, DON’T FIX IT
There is a wise old saying in the techie world – If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it. It is exactly what it means. So what if there is a small dent on the laptop? If it is still working properly, then it ain’t broken, the problem is only a small cosmetic flaw.
Trying to fix that small cosmetic flaw may involving buying a load of tools, trying out different methods, and there are risks of further damages… Is it really worth all the time and trouble? Well, it is totally up to your own decision… Not going to judge the good folks here with OCD – But just know the potential dangers behind a DIY repair.
That’s all for this guide, and here is a small section on some extras and links that may be useful to you.
LINKS & REFERENCES
Thank you for reading, and we have come to the end of this guide. I hope this has helped you to better understand, and if you have anything to share with this guide, please feel free to comment below. Good luck and may the cyber force be with you.
W.S. Toh is a senior web developer and SEO practitioner with over 10 years of experience in building websites. When he is not secretly being an evil tech ninja, he enjoys doing photography and working on DIY projects.