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Tips on how to remove scratches from your car by yourself!

There is nothing worse than discovering a new scratch on your car’s surface... Whether it’s a light scratch or swirls, it can be easily solved without the need for expensive repairs at a body shop.

Check out these simple steps and learn how easily scratches can be removed without causing a tear in your pocket!

How to remove “Barely there” scratches from your car. 

We all know that it’s not a secret that car paint scratches easily. Ever set your bag on the roof of the car/hood or trunk and then slide it off? Instant results - scratches! But don’t worry you might be able to remove these minor paint scratches yourself in less than an hour at a minimal cost. Here are some of the things you will need

  1. Car specific soap
  2. Water
  3. Microfiber towels
  4. Sandpaper in grits of (1000, 2000 and 3,000)
  5. Polish
  6. Wax
  7. Isopropyl alcohol
  8. Buffer (If applicable)
  9. Cordless Drill (If applicable)

Step 1 - Wash the area you’ll be working on with a car-specific soap.

Step 2 - Using a microfiber towel, dry the area thoroughly

Step 3 - Apply a small dab of isopropyl alcohol on a clean microfiber towel and gently wipe the scratched surface to remove any wax, polish, and debris that could affect the scratch repair solution.

Step 4 - Spray the affected area with sanding/buffing lubricant

Step 5 - Using a 3,000 grit sandpaper buff the area in stages, starting with the coarsest and ending with the finest. Make sure to moisten both the sandpaper and work area with a lubricant.

Step 6 - Polish the wax and the affected area as directed to match the surrounding finish.

And you are done!

2.Small Car Scratches What can be done? 

These scratches mean that they have dug down into the base coat. But don’t worry, you can still get them out using basic tools and materials. Remember to wash your car before attempting to remove the scratch. Here are some simple ways in which you can.

Materials you will need

  1. Towel (Microfiber)
  2. Polishing Compound
  3. Rubbing Compund

Step 1 - Apply the Scratch Removal Product - apply this directly to the scratch, work the product into the scratched area, as well as the surrounding area.

Step 2 - Wipe away the residue - with the microfiber towel wipe away any residue

Step 3 - Repeat two or three times - it is safe to say that you can do this method a couple of times and with no doubt, the visibility of the scratch will reduce.

3. How to remove the “deep scratches” 

Deep paint scratches are the most painful ones for all car lovers/owners out there! These are much harder to handle but can still be eradicated with some patience, love, and some hard work.

If you can see down to the metal panel, then this is the method for you. As with all of these methods, wash your car before attempting to remove a scratch.

Grab some sandpaper, a polishing pad, and a microfiber towel along with masking tape, paper, and some car wax. Once you grab ahold of these things follow these steps

Step 1 - Sand the scratched area, Use 2,000-grit sandpaper until you reach your car’s metal panel. Always sand in the direction of the scratch; there is no need to make more scratches.

Step 2 - Spray the primer and paint into the sanded area - Mask off the area with paper and masking tape to prevent spreading paint/primer to any other area. Spray automotive primer onto the area and let it dry. Next, spray the area with your car’s matching paint. It can be difficult to find the correct paint shade, but your manufacturer’s specs will give you the code that matches your paint. Lay a heavy amount of paint onto the area and let dry.

Step 3 - Polish - the next step is to polish the area until it matches the rest of the area. Lay a quarter-sized bead onto a polishing pad or microfiber towel and rub in a circular motion until all the polish is removed.

Simple, affordable, and ideas that are completely DIY that you can keep in mind the next time your car is scratched.

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