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How to Remove Dents From an Abovegound Pool

By Danny Donahue ; Updated September 21, 2017
The same tool that can pull the dent out of your car will fix your pool too.
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Aboveground pools are basically soft plastic liners enclosed in some framing filled with water to form a large puddle. This soft liner is supported and protected by a thin metal shell. Lawn care activities and other accidental impacts can dent the shell of your aboveground pool. You can disassemble the pool and pound out the dents, or you can take an easier approach and repair your dented aboveground pool as it sits. You can even fix the dents in your pool while your family is busy swimming.

Spray multi-surface cleaner onto the damaged exterior of the pool. Wipe the area clean with a dry rag. Clean a space four inches larger all around than the dent you are trying to remove.

Dry the dent on the side of the pool completely. Spread a thin layer of adhesive gel onto the suction cup of the dent puller.

Press the suction cup into the center of the dent. Push the slide forward as close to the suction cup as it will go. Pull the slide sharply backward to pull the dent out of the metal.

Clean the adhesive off the pool and the dent puller with multi-surface cleaner. Store the dent puller until you need it for your next repair project.


Things You Will Need

  • Multi-surface cleaner
  • Rags
  • Suction-style dent puller with adhesive gel
  • Work gloves
  • Safety glasses


  • Wearing work gloves and safety glasses is advised when using hand tools.

About the Author


After learning electronics in the U.S. Navy in the 1980s, Danny Donahue spent a lifetime in the construction industry. He has worked with some of the finest construction talent in the Southeastern United States. Donahue has been a freelance writer since 2008, focusing his efforts on his beloved construction projects.