How to Repair a Car Paint Scratch How to Repair a Car Paint Scratch

What You'll Need
Soft buffing pad
Rubbing compound
Touch-up auto paint

A car paint scratch is simple to correct. Depending on how deep the scratch is, and the size, the scratch may be easy to repair without spending a fortune at an auto body shop. Here's what you can do if you have an ugly scratch you want to get rid of.

Materials Needed:
Soft Buffing Puff
Rubbing Compound
Touch Up Auto Paint
Step 1 – Clean
The first thing that you are going to have to do whenever you notice scratch on your vehicle is to clean the area as best you can. There can be a lot of damage that can be restored just by cleaning off the dirt and the dust that is in the surrounding area. Once you have completely cleaned the area, look to see if you can see color of the car underneath or if there is just a white surface. If this is the case, then you only have some surface damage. This is something that can be easily remedied. 
Step 2 – Rubbing Compound
You are now ready to move on to the rubbing compound. This is something that you will be able to get at an automotive store. It is a good idea to get a small buffing pad along with it. Using a wash cloth or a paper towel could further damage your vehicle’s finish. You will begin by putting an amount no larger than a nickel to the offending area. Rub it in with the buffing pad. You will need to do this gently, but still apply some pressure. Get the area rubbed in with a circular motion to make sure that you get the full effect. After you have rubbed it all in, wipe away any excess with a soft cloth and look to see if any further steps need to be taken. If it was a small scratch, then you may be able to be finished here. 
Step 3 – Automotive Paint
If you have rubbed in the compound and you still see some difference in the color, then you may need to get some paint to apply to it. You will get some automotive paint from your local automotive shop. Make sure that it matches the color of your car or you will end up having a bigger problem. You will need to know the make and model and year of your vehicle as well as the color so that you can match it completely. Whenever you are applying the paint, make sure that you first get any excess paint off the brush before you begin. After you have done this, you will need to apply a very thin layer to begin with. You do not want to put too much paint on the surface because it will then be a raised layer of paint that will stand out from the rest. 

Step 1 – Clean

There can be a lot of damage that can be restored just by cleaning off the dirt and the dust that is in the surrounding area. Once you have completely cleaned the area, look to see if you can see color of the car underneath or if there is just a white surface. If this is the case, then you only have some surface damage. This is something that can be easily remedied. 

Step 2 – Rubbing Compound

You are now ready to move on to the rubbing compound. This is something that you will be able to get at an automotive store. It is a good idea to get a small buffing pad along with it. Using a wash cloth or a paper towel could further damage your vehicle’s finish. You will begin by putting an amount no larger than a nickel to the offending area. Rub it in with the buffing pad. You will need to do this gently, but still apply some pressure. Get the area rubbed in with a circular motion to make sure that you get the full effect. After you have rubbed it all in, wipe away any excess with a soft cloth and look to see if any further steps need to be taken. If it was a small scratch, then you may be able to be finished here. 

Step 3 – Automotive Paint

If you have rubbed in the compound and you still see some difference in the color, then you may need to get some paint to apply to it. Get some automotive paint from your local automotive shop. Make sure that it matches the color of your car or you will end up having a bigger problem. You will need to know the make and model and year of your vehicle as well as the color so that you can match it completely.

Whenever you are applying the paint, make sure that you first get any excess paint off the brush before you begin. After you have done this, you will need to apply a very thin layer to begin with. You do not want to put too much paint on the surface because it will then be a raised layer of paint that will stand out from the rest. 

 

 

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