You want your car to be at its best and being able to fix car paint due to scratches and chips is one good skill that you should learn. This will help you save a lot of money in car maintenance and will give you the fulfillment of being able to fix car scratches yourself.
Not all scratches are equal. Look closely at the car paint scratch and check to see how bad it is. You might encounter scratches that aren’t scratches at all but residues left by a softer object that was dragged against the surface of your car. You can just wipe it off with acetone and a soft piece of cloth. However, there are cases that the paint is really scratched. If the scratch is too deep, you should consult a repair shop to fix it for you. Otherwise, you can fix it yourself with a little know-how and tools.
Before moving onto the actual refurbishing, wash the affected area with soapy water and let it dry thoroughly. This will rid the scratched area of residue and dirt that might be trapped once you reapply the coats.
It is important to inspect the scratch from one end to the other. There are some cases that the scratch goes deeper as it passes through the surface. In such cases, do not treat it as a single scratch because it will give room to inconsistencies. Some scratches can be thin enough to reach just the clear coat of the paint while some reach the metal frame. Cut a small piece of a 2000 to 3000 grit wet/dry sandpaper and attach it onto the tip of a long object that you can comfortably handle. This will help you sand with precision. Always remember that you should only sand until you reach the level of the scratch. Going further will obviously worsen the situation.
If the scratch only affected the clear coat layer, the problem can be fixed simply by applying a fresh clear coat layer evenly on the affected area. Let it dry and you’ll find that the color and the shine of the scratched area are restored. After sanding, you have to apply a coat of rubbing compound in order to polish the area. You can use a power buffer to do the job quickly but elbow grease can do the job just fine as well. Buff it with small circular motions and rub over it with a terry cloth towel.
After removing the sandpaper scratches, use a soft cloth to remove any residue. You may need to wash the area with water to remove everything. Replace the rubbing compound pad with a foam polishing compound pad and buff the affected area with a fine compound of car paint scratch remover. Once the polishing is done, check out the great job you accomplished and seal the paint with car wax.
These methods will surely help you to remedy relatively minor paint scratches and can save you from a costly trip to a repair shop. Take the time to learn about these techniques that will aid you to fix car paint scratches and chips.