If you scratched your car is not the end of the world. What might seem like a big scratch is sometimes just the paint that has been raised after a blow, like when your car has hit a bumper or other object softer than the paint on your car. However, you may actually have a much deeper rayon – the kind of rayon that makes your stomach stir just by looking at it.
How to fix deep scratches on car?
There is a way to repair those small or big scratches on your car and it really is not that hard to achieve. You just need a little effort on your part and very soon you can see your car as new. Therefore, here we tell you how to repair the scratches on the paint of your car:
It is very important to define what type of damage is because that is how you will know the type of repair that must be done. A car has four layers: the transparent layer (that gives a shine to the paint), color (base paint), primer (prepares and protects the metal from the body helping to unite the paint with the surface) and the metal. If you noticed white smoke from your car, solve it as soon as possible.
Some scratches only affect the surface (the transparent layer) while other scratches affect all other layers. The deeper a rayon is, the more intensive the treatment will be to repair it. There are basically two categories:
Light or light scratch
These scratches are those that are only in the transparent layer of the paint, so they are the easiest to repair. Most of the damage is on the surface, so you can polish the area where the scratch is or spray with a new protective layer on the surface.
Base coat/deep scratch
This type of rayon surely involves the other layers of paint (in addition to the transparent one). This damage is much more serious, here what you have to do is sand the rayon, then put a new layer of paint to match the color, polish again and your car will be like new.
How to repair the light scratches of your car?
Step one: Clean the surface and remove any remaining paint.
Step two: Get a tape and cover the areas near the rayon.
Step three: Apply a small amount of polish on a microfiber cloth.
Step Four: Polish the rayon.
Step five: Use the microfiber to clean and dry the area.
If the rayon exceeds the transparent layer, you can try using a polishing product with a remove effect, such as:
- Turtle Wax
- 3M scratch system
- 3M polishing compound 39002
- Express wax X9 cleaning kit
- Mother’s California Gold scratch remover
How to repair deep scratches on your vehicle?
Step one: Make sure you buy the same color as the paint.
You can do this by checking the information plate that most vehicles have on the driver’s door. There you can find the color code of your car. If you can not find this information, it is best to contact the agency.
Step two: Wash and dry your car perfectly.
This is important since dust and other paint on the scratches can cause small scratches the moment you try to repair them. When your car is clean check if there is any other damaged part.
Step three: Sanding.
Buy sandpaper, dampen it, and start sanding smoothly. Make sure to sand only on the first layer of paint (clear coat).
NOTE: Sand only towards one direction
Wet the surface you’re sanding periodically. This will help to see how much more you should sand and not damage your car anymore. If the scratch is still seen slightly, use a little thicker sandpaper than the first and then return the thin sandpaper.
Rinse the area again and dry with a microfiber cloth. You only have to use the microfiber, since other fabrics could cause small scratches to your vehicle.
Step four: Get a tape and cover the areas near the rayon. This will ensure that you are only going to treat the damaged part.
Step five: Apply a small amount of primer on scratch. Wait for it to dry completely.
Step six: Mix the paint with a little primer. You can use a touch-up bottle for this.
Step Seven: Apply the paint and completely cover the surface of the scratch. Work from the edges to the inside of the rayon. If the surface of the scratch is very small you can use a brush or a toothpick for this step.
Be careful not to apply a lot of paint. The trick is to cover all the areas, then with a handkerchief dry the surface until the excess paint is absorbed completely.
Step eight: Let the paint dry for several days.
Step nine: Place wax and polish on the entire car. This will help the paint mix completely and also shine your car.
Other important things to remember when repairing scratches
Wait for the first coat of paint to dry before applying another coat. If you do not trust your ability to repair your car, it is better to go with a professional who offers you the service. Although you should consider that this procedure is not cheap since basically, the cost is approximately MXN $ 10,000 for the painting and waxing of the car panel. The treatment is expensive since they repair the entire piece where the damage or scratches are found.
Check the other parts of your car and verify that you do not have other scratches before starting the repair. This way you will not waste time and you can fix all the parts that have some damage at one time.
Car paint is dangerous and keeps it away from children and pets. Also protect yourself, since to repair your car you need to use: gloves, mask, goggles and even gas mask when possible. It also ensures being in a ventilated area at all times when doing work.
If you do not have enough money to repair your car, you can use a magic pen (special for car paint) and even white toothpaste. Although these alternatives only work with small scratches and in the first coat of paint.
Scratches are inevitable in the life of your vehicle, do not worry too much about them. Just follow these simple steps and you will soon see that your car will be in normal condition again.