Repair A Small Hole In Your Van's Passenger Door


A small hole in your van's passenger door that resulted after a minor traffic accident can become larger after being exposed to moisture for extended amounts of time. Learn how to patch the hole with the following steps. Afterwards, apply a fresh coat of touch up primer and paint to the repaired section to give the door a uniform appearance.


  • handheld scrub brush
  • automotive detergent
  • bucket
  • water hose
  • towel
  • hand sander
  • low and high grit sandpaper
  • tack cloth
  • auto body filler
  • putty knife
  • touch up primer
  • touch up paint
  • automotive compound
  • buffing pad
  • lint-free cloth

Clean And Sand The Affected Area

Mix a small amount of automotive detergent with water. Dip a handheld scrub brush into the mixture and then clean the damaged portion of the door. Rinse the door off with water and dry its surface with a towel. If the metal surrounding the hole feels rough or if paint is flaking off, sand it with a piece of low grit sandpaper that has been secured to a hand sander. Once the damaged section is level with the rest of the door, briefly sand it with a piece of high grit sandpaper, Rub a tack cloth over the door to remove any sanding particles.

Fill The Hole And Apply Primer And Paint

Use auto body filler to fill the hole. Place the tip of the filler's tube over the area that needs to be repaired. After the filler has been added, smooth out its surface with a putty knife. Wait for the filler to dry and lightly sand it with high grit sandpaper, Wipe the repaired area with a tack cloth.

Apply touch up primer to the repaired area. If you are using a primer pen, shake the contents inside of it and then place the tip of the tool on the area that you are treating. Press down on the pen until primer comes out of the tip. Move the pen in straight lines. If you are using primer that needs to be brushed on, apply the product as evenly as possible. Once the primer is dry, apply touch up paint over it using the same method. One or two coats of paint will be needed.

Buff The Repaired Area

Smooth out the edges of the fresh paint by buffing them with automotive compound. Pour a few drops of compound onto a buffing pad. Move the pad in tiny circles over the repaired area. When you notice that the compound has a hazy appearance, remove the compound from the door with a lint-free cloth. Damage to the van's door should no longer be visible. 

If you'd rather leave this job up to professionals, take your van to a company like Steven & Francine's Complete Automotive Repair Inc.


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