Nobody likes finding a scratch on their vehicle. Whether caused
by a tree branch, bicycle handle, or shopping cart, scratches are ugly. They
are also expensive to repair and can cause rust problems if left untreated!
reading to learn how to remove car scratches yourself!
How to Remove Minor Automobile Scratches
need two main things when fixing most paint scratches, the exact paint match
and the clear coat layer that goes on top. If the scratch hasn’t gone through
the primer, you can skip the touch-up paint step.
If the scratch is a bit deeper, you’ll need a clear coat pen,
sanding pad, polishing compound and some car wax. All of this can be purchased
together in kits like the Turtle
Look for Your Factory
scratch is only a clear coat scratch, then you don’t have to worry about
finding your matching paint. Deeper scratches, however, require the additional
application of new primer and paint.
you find the right paint touch-up product, look for the factory-paint code on
the sticker in the driver side doorsill or on a plaque under the hood. If you
are unable to find the exact color match at the auto parts store or online,
take the car to your auto dealer.
Wash and Dry the Car
make sure the surface of your vehicle is cleaned with soap and water. Once
you’ve dried the area completely with a clean cloth, finish cleaning with a few
gentle wipes of a rag and denatured alcohol. Allow the area to dry completely.
Mark Off Area with Blue
good idea to mark the scratch off with some blue painter’s tape, especially if
it’s close to any trim or plastic.
are applying touch-up paint, mark off the area as close as you can. This will help
keep the primer and paint from spreading.
only need to add a small amount of paint and you have some experience in car
care, you may be able to repair it yourself. If you have any doubts, bring it
into a professional detailer.
for touching up paint:
- After the area is clean and
dry, apply a very small amount of primer into the scratch or chip with a
very fine brush. Allow the primer to dry. Wait a day to be sure.
- Next, put a small amount of
paint over the primed area (make sure the auto paint color is an exact
match!). Practice on some paper or metal before applying to your car. You
want to get the technique down first.
- Wait at least one hour to apply
a second coat of paint, if necessary. After adding the paint, remove the
blue painter’s tape and allow the paint to dry. We recommend letting it
dry and cure for a day or two before moving on to the next steps.
Prime Clear Coat
don’t need to add any primer or paint, you’ll want to skip those steps and jump
to this one. First, prime the clear coat pen by pressing it against a piece of
paper or metal to get it flowing. Then, fill the scratch in completely with the
clear coat pen using gentle dabs and wipes. Wait for it to dry. You may want to
wait overnight, especially if it is a wider or deeper scratch.
Sand the Surface with
the step to watch out for.
problem for most users is that they use too much pressure, fail to lubricate
the area first, or use the wrong sanding pad. Ensure the pads and the surface
are lubricated with Spray Lubricator. Otherwise, you can cause even more
scratches. You should never dry sand the affected area, only wet sand with
your time, follow instructions exactly, and use the proper level grit pad. Be very careful with
the amount of pressure you use.
- Mark off the scratch, one inch
above and one inch below, with blue painter’s tape.
- Lubricate the surface with the
Spray Lubricator. Spray directly on the area.
- Lubricate the sanding pad by
spraying the lubricator directly on the pad.
- Gently wet wipe the
pad in the direction of the scratch.
- Next, lubricate the surface and
the next pad that’s less abrasive. Make sure they are all fully lubricated
and use very
gentle wipes in the direction of the scratch.
cannot stress this enough—be extremely careful with the pressure you use when
using the sanding pads. Very light rubbing is all that is necessary.
remove the hazy area created when blending in the touch-up paint with the pads,
move on to the next step.
Use Polishing Compound
the blue painter’s tape. To restore the gloss to the affected area, apply a
Polishing Compound to a corner of your microfiber cloth and buff the scratch in
the opposite direction of the scratch/sanding wipes.
this step, you can use pressure. Use two or three fingers behind your
microfiber cloth and firmly wipe the area in perpendicular strokes to the
scratch/sand marks. You may have to wipe for over a minute or two.
around 40 strokes, wipe the area with a clean, dry cloth. Inspect your work and
repeat the process if you still see sand marks. On the reapplication of the
polishing compound, you can use circular motions to help blend everything in.
Apply a Coat of Wax
had any wax on the car, this process will have removed it. Apply a coat of wax
to the area you worked on so it shines like the rest of the car.
auto scratches yourself all depends on the length and depth of the scratch. If
you have any major scratches, take your vehicle into a professional!
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