- Posted by Sanderson Lincoln
- On October 26, 2016
From driving through construction zones or parking at crowded venues, there are times when getting scratches on your car is simply unavoidable. While many minor cosmetic blemishes are barely noticeable, a deep scratch can be painfully obvious and even cause damage to your car if rust takes hold.
Dealing with many cosmetic repairs remains the domain of the pros, but the savvy car owner can fix some problematic scratches on his or her own.
Keep reading to learn more about how you can fix scratches without a trip to the body shop.
Clean the Area
Before you can start to repair any damage to your paint, you need to clean the area properly. Soap and water may not work particularly well, though, especially if there is paint residue still inside the scratched area.
To clean the scratched part of the car, simply wipe it down with rubbing alcohol and a shop towel. If you see any residue remaining, repeat the process. Let the damaged area dry before you go on to the next step.
Fill the Scratched Spot
Once the damaged area is clean, you can begin the actual repair. To fill the scratched spot, use a glazing putty that can be purchased at most automotive or hardware stores. This putty typically comes packaged in a small tube and is designed to work with metal. Be sure to follow all safety measures and instructions as detailed on the package.
Apply the putty to the scratch and use a small squeegee to make sure the scratched area is completely filled. Let the glazing putty dry before moving on. This should take about five minutes.
Clean Your Car
Putting glazing putty over a scratch is easy with the right tool, but you won’t just have it in the scratched area. You’ll have it on your hood, fender or any other damaged area. Now, you need to remove any excess glazing putty.
To do so, wrap a shop towel around a foam sanding block and apply liquid paint leveler. Gently rub the covered sanding block over the area with extra putty, taking care to only remove the putty around, not in, the scratched area.
Once the putty is only where it ought to be, you can use touch-up paint from a trusted car dealership in Phoenix like Sanderson Lincoln. We can help you get the perfect match for your vehicle’s make and model unlike many online sales warehouses. The wrong color paint can result in a tacky-looking fix.
To apply the touch-up paint, dab it onto the scratched area using a small brush. Once fully covered, allow the scratched area to dry. You may need to use the touch-up paint in two coats to fully cover the scratch so it can’t be seen.
Contact us for more information about scratch repair and other vehicle services.