So you grabbed your car. Relax this is not the end of the world. Sometimes, what seems to be huge scratches are just the effects or remnants of bad weather. It can also be an elevated line, which happens when your vehicle crashes into a bumper or any type of object with a much softer coating than your car’s paint. Or it can be a deep scratch, the kind that causes your stomach to stir every time you see it.
However, there are ways to fix these scratches, and it’s not that hard to do. All you need is a little effort and time on your part, and soon your car will be back to normal. How to repair scratches in car paint:
Assess the scratch
It is important to know what type of scratch it is as it indicates what type of repair you should do. A car has four layers: the transparent layer, the color primer (base layer) (prepares and protects the metal and helps to bond the paint to the surface better) and the steel. Some scratches affect only the top and transparent layers, while others affect other layers. The deeper the scratch goes, the more costly it will be to repaint. In fact they fell into two categories:
– Transparent wrap scratch / slight scratch
The scratches of the transparent layer barely pass through the transparent layer, so it will be much easier to get rid of it. Most of the damage is on the surface, which can be polished or re-sprayed with a new top protective layer.
– primer / deep scratch
This type of scratch is much deeper and can affect not only the transparent coating, but also other deeper layers, e.g. B. where paint and primer are. This damage is more serious, so you may need to grind the scratches, apply a new coat of top coat, the color of the matching car, and the primer of your vehicle.
## How to repair minor scratches on vehicles
1. Clean the surface of the vehicle and remove any residues.
2. Obtain tape (the tape is ideal) to cover areas near the scratch.
3. Apply some polishing agent to the microfiber cloth.
4. Polish the scratch.
5. Dry the area with a microfiber or towel.
If the scratch almost crosses the transparent layer, you can try using polishers that also act as scratch removers, such as:
– Turtle Wax
– 3M Scratch Remover System
– California Gold Scratch Remover for Mothers
– 3M Scratch and Scuff Removal Kit
– Meguiar’s Ultimate Compound
## How to fix deep scratches on vehicles
1. Make sure to buy the same paint color.
You can do this by looking for a small license plate found in your car’s firewall. There must be a body number and a paint code number written on it. If you cannot find it, contact the dealer where you purchased your vehicle.
2. Wash and dry the car well.
This is important since dirt and other debris can cause more scratches when repairing. When cleaning your car, focus more on damaged areas.
3. Sand the area.
Buy a dry or wet 2000 grit sandpaper and wrap it around a sanding pad to start sanding. You should sand just enough to get through the clear coat and nothing else. Use only one direction when sanding. It can be rinsed with water periodically when sanding.
If the scratch goes a little deeper than the transparent layer, you must first use a 1500 grit sandpaper and then switch to the 2000 grit sandpaper.
Rinse the area again and dry the surface. You should only use a microfiber cloth when doing this, as others can cause small scratches on the surface of your vehicle.
4.Get tape (masking tape is ideal) to cover areas near the scratch.
This will ensure that the primer only goes to scratch, and nowhere else.
5. Apply a thin coat of primer over the scratch.
Wait for it to dry completely.
6. Mix the paint color.
You can use a color bottle for this.
7. Apply the paint and completely cover the scratching surface.
Work from the edges, inwards. If the surface is extremely small, you can use a match or a stick to apply the paint. Be careful not to add too much paint. If it is thicker than the surrounding areas, obtain a small handkerchief and place it very gently on the surface of the paint to absorb the excess.
8. Let the paint dry completely for a few days.
9. Start and polish the entire car so that the paint mixes well.
There will also be a great shine.
## Other important things to keep in mind when fixing car scratches:
– Wait until the transparent layer dries completely before adding another.
– If you are not sure of your DIY skills, simply hire a professional service to do so. However, it is not cheap. It costs around P2,500 to P3,000 to paint a complete car panel. It is expensive because they will repaint the entire area of the car panel, not just the scratch itself.
– Car paint is dangerous: keep it out of reach of children and pets. You should also protect yourself while doing so: wear rubber gloves, masks, goggles, and even respirators whenever possible. Also, be sure to do it in well-ventilated areas.
-If you have little cash, use Fix a simple whitening toothpaste as an alternative. However, they are only effective for small and light scratches.
– Scratches are an inevitable part of any vehicle’s life, so don’t worry about that.
– Check other parts of your car for other scratches before beginning repair. That way, you don’t have to waste time because you can combine all your repairs at once.