Got a scratch on your car? Quiet! Although it is a rather odious situation, especially if you have a new car, there are different tricks that will help you repair this mark on the bodywork and, thus, get your car to look like the first day. Depending on the depth of the mark it will be more or less easy to disguise it but, anyway, nothing is impossible! Before going to the mechanic, try products that you can easily find in specialized stores and, thus, try to see if it is possible to repair it yourself. In this article we are going to tell you how to remove scratches from the car by discovering the three different ways that currently exist.
Steps to follow:
Before we can remove scratches from the car, the first thing we have to do is repair the depth of the car because, depending on this, we can do it ourselves or, otherwise, have to go to a mechanic to perform a more intense treatment and professional. The scratches that are made on the clear coat of the vehicle can be solved in a simple way but the others are usually more complicated.
A car has 4 layers:
- Clear coat
- Color layer
- Primer coat
- Steel layer
Depending on the layer that the scratch has reached, it will be simple, or not, to repair it. For example, marks that may appear from not washing or drying the car well can be easily removed with a good polish; they are considered minor scratches and, at best, reach the clear or colored coat.
But when in the scratch you can see another color or that of the steel, then we find that the damage is much deeper and to treat it you will need to go to a professional or opt for more elaborate measures that will improve the appearance of the vehicle.
One of the easiest ways to remove scratches from the car is by applying a marker or pencil to repair scratches, a product that you can get at mechanics or specialized stores. You should know that this is not a miracle method, that is, the result will always depend on the depth of the injury and will only be effective on the slightest marks.
You should know that there are two types of pencils on the market:
- Of paint
The former are designed to hide the scratch by painting with the color of the body and, thus, concealing the blow to the maximum; those made of resin are indicated to fill in the mark and, therefore, make it cover and hide better. So, the first thing to do is apply the resin one and, when it dries, the paint one if you want to achieve a perfect result. It is recommended that you leave the car in the sun so that the resin dries as quickly as possible, although you should bear in mind that, normally, it usually takes about 4 hours.
But, before applying it, you should wash the area well to remove any trace of dirt that may be there; Think that if the blow has appeared after having brushed against a wall, car or column, the most normal thing is that particles of that element have remained on the body and, therefore, with a deep cleaning and drying you will be able to see the authentic brand that has stayed in the vehicle.
On the other hand, there are also some scratch repair kits that are usually sold by the same vehicle manufacturers or workshops. These kits are usually made up of:
- An applicator brush
- Paint the color of your car
When the scratch is a little more serious and deep, it will need a more intense type of repair and, therefore, nothing better than these kits that can achieve a more professional result and that you can easily do at home.
The first thing you have to do is clean the body well to remove any particles that may have been impregnated; then we will have to surround the scratch of the car with adhesive tape on the sides to protect the other areas that are not damaged. Once we have it, we will give it a coat of paint with the brush and, when it dries, we will spray the lacquer that will fix it.
For a much more detailed result, we recommend that, when everything is dry, wipe the area with a microfiber cloth to get the scratch removed from the car easily and quickly.
But if the make of the car is deeper , then we will need to subject the body to a much more elaborate polishing process and that, we recommend that it be carried out by a professional so that the result is much better. Anyway, if you consider yourself a “handyman” person and have tools at home, you can try doing it yourself by following the steps that we will give you below.
The first thing to do is wash and dry the bodywork to reduce the presence of dirt that may have remained on the car. Once clean, we will have to sand the area gently and, always, we will do it in the same direction of the scratch, otherwise we could create new marks.
Now we are going to pass microfiber cloths over the area to polish the scratch well and be able to repair it in depth. Now you will have to apply the compound for electric polishers, that is, an abrasive that corrodes the paint to soften it and make it perfect to put, later, the wax. Once ready, turn the polisher on to the lowest level and move it around the area for a few seconds making sure, at all times, that you are not penetrating the puncture layer.
Depending on the scratch, you can spend several minutes polishing the body well. When you’re done, wash the area again and, when it dries, you should apply the wax to seal the paint and, after 4 hours, apply the paint and then the lacquer for a splendid result.