4 Easy Steps to Fix Car Scratches.
If you want to Learn how to fix scratches on your car by yourself, here are some easy steps you need to follow, which can actually be more convenient than taking your car to a repairer every time your car gets the smallest scratch.
There are some easy steps to fix scratches on your car, which many car owners probably don’t have insight about. This simple process guide uses a progressive repair system to leave an invisible repair on your vehicle paintwork without having to spend so much at the local car body shop. Here are some tools and materials that you will need for this process to be effective.
- Bucket and water
- Polishing mop
- P2000 abrasive paper
- Touch-Up clear coat
- Rubber block
- Cutting compound
- Fine paintbrush
- Machine glaze
- Touch-Up paint
Below are the following four steps need to fix most scratches on your car.
Sand the Scratch
You get a bucket and fill it with water and locate the scratch or scratches on your car. A visual check should tell you how bad the scratches are. And in many instances, the abrasion will only cut through the first layers of protective clear coat. This is very easy to rectify. You wrap a length of P2000 abrasive paper around the rubber block, and then you dip it into the water in the bucket, which would allow the scratch to be wet sanded when applying it on the body of the car.
You then rub it gently around the scratch or scratches allowing the block to work into the contours of the car panel. You allow the paper do the work and don’t press too hard.
After some few seconds, you wipe the panel dry with a clean piece of smooth cloth. If the scratch is not too deep, it should have been rubbed out of the first layers of paintwork and all that will remain is a dull area in the same colour of your car.
Touch Up the Paint
There are times, a scratch will run below the surface of the paint and reach through to the metal panel on your car. If this is the case, you wet sand the area around the scratch again gently to create an adhesive surface and dry thoroughly.
You use a fine paintbrush, to dab a small quantity of touch-up paint into the scratch area and allow it to dry. You wet sand any surplus paint off, until only the scratch is been filled with the paint. The colour will still stick below the surface of the scratch, till it gets dry, then you apply a coat of touch-up clear coat into the scratch and again, then leave it to dry thoroughly.
Immediately the clear coat is dry, you then use the P2000 paper and block to sand the material down until it is on the same level with the surface of the car panel. Regardless of you using touch-up materials or the scratch came out by wet sanding; you are now ready to proceed.
You ensure the surface of the car panel is clean and dry before you apply a small portion of cutting compound in the centre of the repaired area. You then use the polish mop, you allow the rest of the mop head on the compound and start the machine. Use a steady motion and keep the mop moving to prevent it from burning through the paint. Once done, wipe the area clean periodically to check that the cutting compound has brought the sanded area back to a shining state. Then you continue adding small portions of compound and continue with the polish until a good state of sheen is achieved.
The same way you applied cutting compound, apply a small portion of machine glaze over the repaired area. Once again, use the polish mop to buff the machine glaze until the paint on your car panel comes up to a bright showroom shine state.
I, advice you get the actual colour code of your car from the door label, which is usually pasted by the driver’s door side. This would help you to get the best shine glaze after all the repairs has been done. Kindly note this steps are usually for minor repairs that can be done at home and for a major scratch repair, I recommend you take it to an ideal colour boot store.