This article was co-authored by Chad Zani. Chad Zani is the Director of Franchising at Detail Garage, an automotive detailing company with locations around the U.S. and Sweden. Chad is based in the Los Angeles, California area and uses his passion for auto detailing to teach others how to do so as he grows his company nationwide.
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Finding a bad scratch on your car can be frustrating, but fear not—repairing even the worst scratches can be a fairly simple fix, provided you have the right tools. Depending on just how deep the scratch is, you may be able to buff it out by hand using a scratch repair kit. If that doesn’t do the trick, fill in the damaged area with glazing putty and apply a little touch up paint to hide it from sight.
Tip: To save time, you can can also wipe the scratch with rubbing alcohol to remove dust and dirt particles.
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- Check the directions on your scratch remover to see how much polish the manufacturer recommends using.
- Buffing pads come in various shapes, sizes, and textures. If you don’t like the one that came with your scratch repair kit, you can always shop around for another that suits your needs at any auto parts store.
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- Scratch remover liquids work by taking off thin layers of the car’s outer finish, so be careful not to buff too hard, or for too long. If you start seeing traces of paint on your buffing pad, stop immediately.  X Research source
- Basic scratch repair kits won’t be able to get rid of every scratch. If you can still see the scratch after a couple rounds of buffing, you’ll need to move on to applying touch up paint.
If you’re in search of how to fix deep scratches on a car, we’re obviously inclined to recommend you visit a reputable autobody repair shop to get your fix. However, we know that going to an autobody repair shop might not always be feasible or seem worthwhile for a small scratch. Whatever your reason, if you’re in the mood to DIY a fix, here are a few ways you can fix deep scratches on a car.
Clean the surrounding area
Before you attempt to fix the scratch, give it (and the surrounding area) a thorough wash and dry. Be gentle around the scratch itself so that you don’t aggravate the damage in any way. It’s important to clean the area so that you don’t get dirt or dust particles caught in the scratch or in the materials you use to fill the scratch.
Wash the area with soap intended for use on cars, as harsh soaps can strip your car’s protective coating, and pat the area dry with a chamois or microfiber towel. To make sure the area is super clean and prepped, you can also swab it with some rubbing alcohol to remove any remaining dirt or cleanser.
Use a scratch repair kit
Not surprisingly, there are a lot of products on the market that cater to those interested in fixing minor cosmetic issues on their car themselves. These kits typically contain everything you need to buff out or fill in a serious scratch, and you can find them at your local auto supply store or online. Not all of them are created equal, however. If you need some help picking out a kit, ask a store employee for their recommendation.
Apply rubbing compound
Whether you’ve purchased a kit or just a compound, you’ll want to apply a small amount of the scratch remover to a buffing pad or microfiber cloth. This allows you to have better control of the product than if you were to apply it directly to the scratch. In general, it’s better to apply too little compound than too much, so go slowly. In some cases, your kit or the compound packaging will likely have some guidelines on how much to use.
Once you have some compound on your buffing pad or cloth, work it into the scratch using smooth, tight, fast circles. The compound is lightly abrasive, and by buffing it into the scratched area, it’s able to wear down the rough edges of the scratch to create a surface that is more uniform. (In a pinch, we’ve heard toothpaste will perform similarly, but we can’t say we would recommend it.) These compounds can remove paint if you buff too hard or too much, so watch the pad or cloth you’re using for signs of possible paint removal.
Continue to buff until most of the product has disappeared, then remove any excess with a cloth. Examine the scratch and repeat the buffing and polishing process if necessary. Buffing with the compound should be enough to erase most moderately deep scratches.
If you can’t completely remove the scratch with the buffing compound, you might still be able to ameliorate the scratch with some touch-up paint.
Cover it with touch-up paint
Touch up paint can do a lot to cover up scratches. Touch-up paint is available in colors to match almost any vehicle paint, and it comes in spray paint and paint pens or small bottles with attached brushes. The latter applicators are typically preferred over spray paint for scratches, as they allow the user to have more precise control over the paint application. Before using the paint on your scratch, test it on an inconspicuous area of your car to see how well the paint matches.
If your scratch is particularly deep and metal is exposed beneath the paint, you might want to use some touch-up primer before the touch-up paint.
Before using touch-up paint or primer, like with anything you paint, it’s important to prep the surface first. Make sure you remove the last of the buffing compound with another wash or a swab of rubbing alcohol. After prepping the scratch, you can go in with your touch-up primer or paint. After you’ve finished priming and painting, finish your work off with some touch-up clear coat and a wax to ensure it really shines like (almost) new.
If you don’t already have a lot of these materials on hand, and depending on the severity of the scratch (or scratches), you could easily be investing a decent amount of time and money into this DIY fix. While you might still save money doing the fix yourself, it’s not a bad idea to have an autobody shop give you a quick estimate on what it might cost to have the scratch professionally fixed. You might still want to fix it yourself, or you might find it’s worth it to have the scratch taken care of by a professional who specializes in auto body paint and auto body repair.
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Deep scratches that leave exposed sheet metal and perhaps even a crease or dent, can be tricky to fix. But worse can happen if you simply let the scratch fester, because moisture and oxidation will creep under the paint and cause all manner of trouble. It’s best to take a deep breath and get on with remedying the damage – and the good news is that anyone with the right tools and a bit of patience can learn how to make it look like it was never there, or at the very least keep it from getting worse.
You’ll need the following materials:
- Lint-free cloths
- Wax/silicone remover (eg. 3M General Purpose Adhesive Cleaner and Wax Remover)
- Tack cloth
- Chemical metal conditioner (if bare metal is visible)
- Primer and touch up paint (available in aerosol cans)
- 320, 400 and 1000 grit wet or dry sandpaper
- Stopper (filler)
- Masking materials (paper and tape)
- Rubbing compound
- Automotive wax
- If rust is involved, a chemical rust remover
- Touch up clear coat
1) Clean – The first step in repairing any paint scratch is to completely clean it and the surrounding area. Wash the surface with mild soap and water, rinse it well and dry it with a lint-free cloth. You have to get rid of every trace of old wax, because that will stop the new paint adhering properly. Automotive paint shops sell special cleaners designed to remove all traces of wax, grease, silicone and other sealers from the paint – buy and use one!
2) Rust – Use 320 grit wet or dry sandpaper to remove all traces of rust, then use a chemical rust remover (follow the directions on the container). Apply the wax/silicone remover again.
You parked your car outside your garage overnight. The following morning you get the surprise of your life when you.
By Car Bibles Staff | Published Mar 5, 2018 5:06 PM
You parked your car outside your garage overnight. The following morning you get the surprise of your life when you noticed a long streak of line across your car’s body. You know that some cruel dude vented his ire on your car by running his keys around the body of your ride. You’re now left with a deep scratch that will really cost you a lot to repair and get fixed. The main issue with such types of scratches is that they are so deep that the damage already extends well beyond the clear coat and into the primer. Don’t worry as we’ve got 5 hacks to rid your car’s finish of deep scratches. Take note however that these solutions are only temporary and that more permanent ones are available from your neighborhood car body repair shop.
1. Use high quality scratch repair kits
The good thing about today’s automotive care technologies is that there are now products that can help you do almost anything in an instant. As far as deep scratches go, there may be a few car scratch removers in the market that can help you out. It should be noted that ordinary car scratch repair kits are primarily intended for light to moderate scratches where only the clear coat is damaged and the base coat is not really affected at all. Nevertheless, since the kit already comes with a scratch filler, you might as well use it to temporarily ‘fill’ the deep scratch. As we have said, these solutions are not permanent yet they should help you reduce the severity of the problem until such time that you have the means for a more permanent solution vis-à-vis a thorough body work.
2. Apply some toothpaste
This is one hack that will have you raising your eyebrows. We know that toothpastes are actually recommended in the removal of scratch marks on DVDs and CDs as well as the screens of laptops, smartphones, and tablets. Its scratch-removing abilities are closely tied to its abrasive properties. It is like gentler kind of sandpaper that you can use to smoothen a certain surface. That being said, we are pretty confident the toothpaste will not be able to really smoothen the deep scratch on your car. What it will do, however, is that it will fill the space with the paste allowing it to become flush with the surface, making the scratch less noticeable. Take note we said less noticeable. This should get you well on the road until you’re ready about giving your car a really good professional scratch removal job.
3. Cover it with duct tape
If the deep scratch runs the entire length of your car, this trick might not be the best solution since you’re talking about covering it up with an adhesive tape. The idea is to cover up the scratch with a duct tape that has exactly the same color as your car’s body paint.
Today’s duct tapes already come in various colors so it should be fairly easy to choose one that will fit the color of your car. Just make sure to apply the duct tape as evenly as possible without creating any crease lines or other potentially-distracting lines. At least this will buy you some time before you can gather all of your resources for a really nice paint job on your car.
4. Cover it up with car-color spray or touch-up paint
Sometimes all you need is a little touch-up paint or even spray paint. For most folks, touch-up paint is a lot easier to use because of greater control over the pen-like device. The downside of such systems is that they tend to work best on lighter to more moderate scratches. But since we’re talking about temporary solutions here, then you can always give it a try. There are also those who prefer using spray paints instead. This is an excellent choice if you’re talking about an unusually large area to ‘cover’ such as multiple scratches.
Covering these with touch-up paint will require intense concentration and focus. Now the key to using any of these two kinds of paint is to use the right color that matches exactly to the color on your car. It is also important to do some prep work on the scratch such as cleaning it thoroughly and sanding it with fine-grit sandpaper. Only then can you apply either the color spray or touch-up paint. Don’t forget to finish it with a clear coat before finally giving it a wax.
5. Consider turning the scratch into an artwork
For the more artistic motorist, the deep scratch can actually be turned into some form of an artwork. For instance, the scratch marks can be layered with colored decals, trims, or stickers and positioned in such a way that they become a latticework. The stickers or decorative trims can effectively mask the deep scratch or these can be positioned in such a way that they direct the eyes away from the scratch so that people will not really notice it unless they try hard enough to look for it. The whole idea is to crowd the scratch with other lines that are more artsy and decorative in nature. The success of this trick is grounded on your imagination and creativity as well as how much you are willing to give up on your car’s more conservative looks for an edgier, hipper, louder, and more contemporary styling.
The hacks we mentioned here are in no way permanent fixes or should be considered as better than conventional deep scratch removal techniques. The point is that they will offer you a temporary solution to get rid of deep scratches on your car. It also underscores the fact that there really aren’t any hacks or shortcuts for the effective removal of deep scratches. Hacks offer you instant success but they don’t last long. The only way you’ll effectively get rid of that deep scratch on your car is by doing the old but proven method of meticulous cleaning, sanding, spraying, clear coat application, polishing, and waxing done over a period of a couple of days and not just hours.
Deep chips and scratches, usually on a car door, are extremely annoying. Light scratches can be easily resolved with some polishing but a deep scratch isn’t quite as simple.
Aside from being unsightly, a deep scratch often exposes the metal beneath the paint which can allow it to oxidize and rust.
Fixing a deep scratch won’t just make the problem look better but it will protect the bare metal beneath.
While there are multiple steps to fix a deep scratch, it isn’t hard to do. The best thing to remember though is to be patient when working and focus on doing the best you can on each step.
How To Fix Deep Scratches On A Car Door
- Prepare the scratch by thoroughly cleaning the scratched area with a degreaser.
- Use a sanding pen to clean out the scratch from rust, loose paint, and any metal burrs.
- Apply touch-up primer to the bare metal in the scratch and allow to dry.
- Apply a layer of color-matched touch-up paint on top of the touch-up and the less deep areas of the scratch and allow to dry.
- Apply a touch-up clear coat over the dried color-matched touch-up paint and allow it to dry.
- Use a polish kit to polish the area and blend the fix in with the surrounding paint.
Also, you shouldn’t expect a fix that will make the chip or scratch invisible. The goal to these types of fixes is to protect the metal and significantly improve the look but when you get up close it will likely still be noticeable.
If you want to get as close to the original finish as possible you’ll need to go with repainting the section that was damaged. This isn’t going to be cheap and depending on the location, size, and paint color, it will have varying results.
Some colors like white and black are fairly easy to blend in fresh paint. Metallics are usually far more difficult to match and blend.
Let’s go through the steps involved with fixing a deep scratch.
Step 1: Prepare the scratch or chip
Before you begin you’ll need to thoroughly clean the area that you’ll be working on. What you want to do is use a quality degreaser and wax remover to not just clean out the scratch itself but to also prep the surrounding paint. A simple prep solution like Citrol 266 should do a great job.
You may also need to sand down inside the scratch or chip. Sandpaper isn’t very well suited for getting down into the scratch or chip very well.
The ideal tool for this job is a sanding pen. It has a fine tip with a sandpaper like surface that is perfect for cleaning out this tiny area. It will allow you to remove loose paint, burrs, and even rust.
Step 2: Filling the scratch or chip
When dealing with a deep scratch we can assume that the scratch has gone through the clear coat, paint, and primer to expose bare metal. This means that you’ll want to replace each of these layers. You’ll need touch up primer, color-matched touch up paint, and touch up clear coat. To get color-matched paint for your car or truck the best bet is to go to your local car dealership’s parts department and order touch up paint specific to your make, model, and color car or truck.
Gently dab with a fine brush and the touch up primer into the cleaned scratch or chip. you’re just trying to give it a good coating. It shouldn’t completely fill the gap made by the scratch. You only should apply primer to the exposed metal, not the entire scratch.
Once the touch up primer has dried you’ll repeat the process with the color-matched touch up paint. Ideally this will come close to filling the scratch. You may need to build up a couple layers of paint to help it fill the gap more. The smoother you can apply it the better. Remember, if you want a perfect repair you’ll need to have an auto body shop repaint the area. We’re trying to protect the metal and get the problem area less noticeable.
Last you will need to apply some touch up clear coat. Applying a layer of clear coat will help the color match the rest of the car much better. Without clear coat the color will be slightly different and stand out much more than when coated with a layer of clear over top.
Step 3: Sand and polish the filled scratch or chip
Assuming you’re dealing with a fairly small scratch or chip, the 3M Scratch & Scuff Removal Kit is an inexpensive kit that includes everything you need to blend in the filled scratch and polish the clear coat you applied so that it properly matches the rest of the vehicle’s paint.
With this kit you can simply follow the steps included for removing light scratches. The kit includes some super fine sandpapers and polishing compounds that will allow you to progressively smooth out and polish the scratch or chip.
Step 4: Finishing up the repair
The process should now more or less be complete for the repair portion of this process. You’ll still need to protect the finish in the area that you used the grease and wax remover that was used to prep the area. You may want to wash your entire car and reapply the wax or sealant that you’d previously used on your car or truck.
Will this process work for fixing a keyed car?
It can but it depends on the severity of the gouge and your expectations for how well it will be fixed. This process is most effective at correcting small blemishes that are deep. Door dings, short scratches, and chips are better candidates. If the scratch isn’t deep you may be able to polish it out with the 3M Scratch & Scuff Removal Kit.
Is this the best way to fix all scratches in my paint?
No. Many scratches are very light and can easily be polished out. You can use a polishing compound and orbital polisher or you can use the polishing compound and a hand applicator to polish it out by hand. There are also many different ways to fix deep scratches or chips. The best looking solution is always going to be repainting the area which is obviously going to be quite expensive – at least hundreds of dollars.
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Are you looking to fix deep car scratches on your vehicle? Perhaps you need paintless dent repair? How much does it cost to fix deep car scratches and what techniques do body shops use to fix deep scratches and dents?
There are several options when it comes to how body shops fix scratches and dents. One is sure to fall within your budget.
Paintwork Repairs to Scratches
Needing a car paint repair is inevitable. All cars are going to get dings, chips, and scratches, but it doesn’t mean you have to leave them there. Deep scratches lessen the protection a paint job gives a vehicle. This leaves the metal exposed to possible corrosion.
The most common paint used by factories on vehicles today is clear-coated catalyzed enamel. Touch up paint, however, whether applied by a dealership, yourself, or by a body shop, will be lacquer.
Unlike enamel, all lacquer-based paints, whether clear, color, or primer shrink as they dry. So, although these repairs can be done at home with research and minimal cost, a dealership or reputable body shop can give you a professional looking result.
Dealerships can charge as much as $50 – $300 for just 2 ounces of a VIN-matched paint, and another $500 or more to actually repair a major scratch. Even a small scratch will usually run no less than $150 – $200. A body shop can often perform the work cheaper than a dealership.
There are three different types of paintwork repairs to scratches used by body shops. The following methods can fix deep scratches on car bumper, depending on your vehicle, as well as other areas of your car.
• Touchup Paint
This is the least expensive option at the body shop, but has its drawbacks. The body shop will begin by using your VIN number to match the precise color. But matching the color does not guarantee a perfect match in the finish and feel of the repair compared to the rest of the car.
But if your greatest concern is monetary and the scratch is not in a noticeable area, this might be the right solution for you.
This is a quick and inexpensive fix. It is often preferred when dealing with flat colors. It is a technique often used at dealerships to cover flaws in used vehicles.
Both airbrushing and touchup paint are considered short-term fixes (
2 years) and can peel up over time. But again, you can’t beat the price.
• Full Repair
A full repair is often needed for metallic or pearl finishes. This is the most permanent fix. It is a more complicated and expensive process, involving many layers of sanding, priming, filling, wet sanding, and, finally, painting and is done to an entire panel at a time.
A cheaper alternative to many coats is to have the body shop use a combined base/clear coat. A combined base/clear coat can be between $600-$700. You can also cut the cost down by doing some or all the work yourself if you are willing to invest some time.
Paintless Dent Repair
Paintless dent repair (PDR) is an inexpensive and quick method used when the factory paint is not damaged. Dents and dings can usually be repaired in about an hour and the cost is usually only half as much as a paintwork repair. PDR has many advantages but cannot be performed in some cases where the dings are very deep, or where the paint has cracked.
The location of the dent can also be a factor in whether PDR would work. Repairs can range from under $75 to several hundreds of dollars.
This article provides more insight into how much it costs to fix deep car scratches and dents. The answer? It can be as costly or cost effective as your wallet and aesthetic tendencies dictate. Whether you are trying to fix deep scratches on your car bumper or fix deep car scratches on other areas of your vehicle, your body shop should have an option for you.
How to Fix Deep Scratches On Car Door?: If you need to know how to fix deep scratches on a car, this article will recommend you to visit a reputable auto body repair shop to get it fixed. However, going to an auto body repair shop might not always be appropriately easy or seem worthwhile for a small scratch. Whatever the reason be if we are in the mood to get a fix, here are a few ways that have to be adopted in short: you can fix deep scratches on the car.
Where Do Scratches Come From?
Car scratches can be nasty surprises at times. You may have to walk up to the vehicle one day and think, “How did the nasty scratch get there?”
A scratch here or there is not a big deal if you drive regularly. But if there are cars with new marks on which you are greatly proud then that’s an issue.
Sometimes it is easy to figure out how your car ends up with a scratch. At other times, though, these marks can come as a total stranger. Here are some of the factors associated:
- Self-Serve Car Washes
- Parking Lot Pitfalls
- Kids Climbing/Playing On Your Car
- Removing Snow
- A Bike Handle Hitting the Side
- Getting Into an Accident
- Carelessly Loading a Car
How to Handle Car Door Scratched
The method is used by our talented technicians. Start with washing the car thoroughly. The major materials of the car are steel, primer, color paint, and finally gloss paint. A slight scratch will be easier to handle. However, according to those who have a lot of experience in cars, you should not be subjective, easily ignore minor scratches. Once you have cleaned the vehicle, use a clean cloth to ensure that it is dry.
- Prime the car as this will give you a smooth surface to work with.
- This step includes, you can use the following items: toothpaste/nail polish/sandpaper/vases with the same color as car paint (need to ensure the origin, quality of color).
- Using nail polish/sandpaper to absorb a little water or vase of the same color with car paint and then gently rubbing on scratches will help.
- Apply the color that matches and ensure each layer has fully dried before you apply the next one.
- Apply polish over the paint once it has fully dried as this will give you a glossy finish
- Once the protective layer has completely dried, use a clean cloth to remove any residue left on the vehicle.
It is better to repair vehicles using products that can be found in a handy store. It may look like a simple method with little technique required but as we see it there is a lot that could go wrong when using the products to vehicles.
How to Handle Car Door Scratched Badly
Depending on the severity of the scratch, we can invest a decent amount of time and money. While money can be saved doing the fix yourself, it’s even not a bad idea to have an autobody shop to give you a quick estimate on what it might cost to have the issue fixed professionally. Each driver should limit parking too near construction sites or under large trees to prevent vehicles from being scratched by steel, twigs, or rocks. Another thing is that it is necessary to focus and drive a car without a collision, to protect their safety and the people in their surrounding area.
Final Verdict – Fix Deep Scratches On Car Door
The other possibility is that we can simply forgo the repairs. But now it leads to a big problem when it comes time to sell it. A person will pay less if they know that there are lots of scratches.
Therefore the only appropriately best thing to do is prevent errors from happening. Read about what’s covered in this post and do your best to remember everything.
You are off to a great start that leads to scratches. It’s very easy to prevent accidents.
If you are having a solid understanding of scratch you will be severely reducing the chances that the paint will get bad. The final outcome is that the car will stay nice and have more value when it comes to the sale time.
The cost to repair the scratches on your vehicle depends on how numerous and deep they are. A surface scratch can cost you as little as $150, but a deep paint scratch can cost upwards of $2,500. The average cost of a full car scratch repair is around $3,500.
Identifying the different types of car scratches
Scratches on a car can come from anywhere. Your vehicle faces many hazards every day. If your car gets a scratch, it can be one of 3 types. The types are defined by the depth that they go into your vehicle’s paint. The deeper a scratch, the more it’s going to cost to fix it. A simple buff out is much cheaper than Bondo and a paint job.
Scuffs & Clear Coat Scratches
Scuffs & clear coat scratches stay on the top layer of paint. They are simple to repair since it only requires one layer to be fixed. The difference between a clear cost scratch and a scuff is a scuff isn’t as long as a clear coat scratch. Rocks and other debris kicked up from the road are a large cause of these.
Primer scratches are scratches that reach the paint layer or the primer layer but don’t expose the metal. These are more costly than a scuff with the extra layers that need to be repaired. Car accidents and tree branches commonly cause these scratches.
Deep Paint Scratches
Deep paint scratches are the deepest and most expensive scratch. These scratches expose the metal of the car. Unlike the other two types of scratches, every layer of paint will need repairing. These scratches usually occur in car wrecks or other hard collisions.
How much are scratch repairs?
The cost of repairs depends on the severity of your scratch. The deeper your scratch, the more time and materials it takes to repair it. When you’re looking for a professional repair here are the prices per scratch:
- Scuff or Clear Coat Scratch- These superficial scratches can cost as little as $150 up to $300 after paint and labor.
- Primer Scratch- These scratches can cost between $500- $1000 per scratch.
- Deep Paint Scratch- A deep paint scratch can cost up to $2,500 depending on your car’s age.
Depending on how many scratches you have on your car and their severity, your full repair cost can vary. Repair costs can reach upwards of $7,500 after parts and labor.
Can I fix the scratch myself?
You can fix most simple scratches by yourself. The deeper or longer the scratch gets, the more likely you need a professional. It’s better for your wallet and for your vehicle that you don’t repair major scratches at home.
Method 1: Applying toothpaste to scuff marks
- Run your fingernail over the scratch. If your nail doesn’t get caught, it’s a surface scratch, and you can use this method.
- Wash and dry the affected area.
- Put a quarter-sized amount of toothpaste on a clean microfiber towel or pad.
- Apply the toothpaste in a circular motion over the scratch.
- Rinse to remove any excess toothpaste.
- Repeat until the surface scratch is gone.
Method 2: Using a store-bought scratch removal product
- Wash your car.
- If you see metal don’t use this method. This only works for small paint scratches.
- Apply the solution from the kit in a circular motion using a quarter-sized dollop on a micro-fiber pad.
- Wipe away the excess product with a clean towel.
- Repeat until the scratch is gone.
Method 3: Painting over deep scratches
- Make sure you have metal visible. If not, this method isn’t suggested.
- Wash and dry your car thoroughly and then rewash the scratch.
- Sand away the top layers of paint in the scratched area. Use 2000 girt sandpaper and check every 10 seconds to make sure you don’t remove too much paint.
- Rinse the debris away from the site and dry the area.
- Apply a couple of layers of primer to the scratched area. Allow the primer to dry.
- Apply a few coats of paint that is VIN matched to your car’s color.
- After the paint is dried, wax the car to seal in the paint.
Does insurance cover car scratches?
If you have the right policy, your insurance pays for your scratch repairs, not you. If your scratch results from a collision, you or the other driver needs collision insurance depending on who is at fault. If the damage is from a tree falling near your car or driving down a road and rock hitting your vehicle, you need comprehensive coverage. Having the proper coverage can keep you from having to pay thousands of dollars in repairs.
Tips to prevent future scratches on your vehicle
The best defense is a good offense. Taking steps to reduce your risk of scratching your car is an excellent idea for all car owners. These steps can save your vehicle and your wallet from a lot of damage.
- Park away from other vehicles or moveable objects.
- Clean using micro-fiber only.
- Use a paint protection film.
- Don’t park near cart returns.
When the time comes, can I rely on my insurance?
When it comes to car insurance, there are several factors to consider beyond monthly cost. A policy that covers you when you need it, has a low deductible, and offers several discounts can be hard to find – which is why we’ve done the work for you.
Don’t wait until it’s too late to do something about it! These unsightly scratches can really mar your ride and make driving uncomfortable. You can easily get a microfiber cloth to use to remove the scratch if you are in a rush. There are also products available to use to repair this problem. Here are a few tips to help you with that.
The most frequent place to pick up these scratches on car doors is the car door. This is usually the first place where you come in and get out of the vehicle. Therefore it is more prone to receive scratches from loose jewelry or fingernails etc.
If a deep car scratch is deep enough inside the metal and is even underneath the paint, then you will definitely need to repair that as soon as possible. This is because continued exposure will cause rusting and therefore scratching.
Ways to solve the problem yourself
If you have a dent or scratch near the edge of your door and are not able to see any way out, you may try using some duct tape to fill in the space. Duct tape is often used as a temporary fix when you want to hide an unsightly dent. Duct tape is often a very cheap and easy fix. However, it’s important to be very careful as applying too much or leaving the tape on for too long may cause permanent damage. Another slightly better option is to use some mineral spirits or paint thinner for deep car scratches.
Polishing is another option for how to fix deep scratches on the car door. Unfortunately, polishing can be quite messy as well as being time-consuming. To avoid a ruined paint finish you may want to use some wax or automotive paste wax. However, you should only use light scratches and never try to remove deep discolorations or highly reflective ones as this could damage your paint job.
A far better option if you have some deep scratches on your door is to take them to a car parts store and have them professionally polished. There are two options available. One is to go to a dealership with a polisher that they install on your vehicle or buy a DIY kit. Both work very well but there are advantages and disadvantages for each.
If you have a perfectly good car door that is just lightly scratched, then having it professionally polished may be worth the cost. If you have a severely scratched car door then going down to your local car parts store will probably be your best option as you can find affordable products that will solve your problem.
On the other hand, if you have deeper scratches on your paint job then going to a dealership may be your only option. Even though this may be the most expensive way of learning how to fix deep scratches on the car door, it will also probably be the quickest way.
Preventing Problems at the system level
A third option is to find a high-quality automotive body kit that is designed specifically to work with specific car paints and will prevent any further scratches on your paint job. These body kits come with epoxy polymers that form a barrier between your car’s exterior and its paint, thus preventing any scratches and other types of damage from occurring.
Automotive body filler
One final option for those of you who want to learn how to fix a scratched car door is to use a high-quality automotive body filler. This highly specialized product is made of a synthetic compound that provides extremely durable protection from any sort of scratches. They come in two different application methods: spraying or brush on.
The spray-on application is more effective as it works with a smaller amount and leaves a more professional-looking finish, but the brush-on method is much easier to use and has a much more professional-looking finish. When looking for a high-quality automotive body filler, make sure to ask your local body shop as they usually sell products such as this.
How Much Does It Cost To Fix Deep Scratches On Car?
Deep scratches are a nightmare of car enthusiasts. This is because of the potentially high costs involved in repairing it. Repair costs are unique to scratches. Scratches, where the primer coat and steel get exposed, would be more expensive to repair. Another factor is the number of panels that get affected since deep scratches are hardly ever a touch-up job.
How Do Deep Auto Body Scratches Occur?
It is easier to get a deep scratch than you would believe. You could back up into an object or someone may scrape your car as they leave a parking spot. Deep scratches can go all the way down to the metal frame of your car.
Why Is It Necessary To Repair Them?
Repair deep scratches immediately because any metal part can rust and deteriorate when exposed to the elements long enough. Look at the scratch closely. If it appears to be silver, chances are that the metal underneath the primer, paint, and clear coat is affected.
Average Cost Of Repairing Deep Auto Scratches
The severity of the damage determines the cost of repair. The cost of paint repair can vary a lot.
Cheap options involving single-stage enamel paint (such as Maaco) could cost between $300 and $1,000 depending on the size of the vehicle. This paint would basically refresh the appearance of the car.
You would need a more detailed paint job if the car was damaged extensively. This means massive scratches that would push the price up to sometimes between $1,000 and $3,500.
The cost can easily skyrocket up to $7,000 if you drive a luxury vehicle or are looking for a top of the line paint job. It’s safe to say that on an average where limited deep scratches are concerned you might need to pay something between $300 and $1,500 as an average estimate on paint repair costs.
Most people that walk by your car won’t even notice that deep scratch.
But to you, that annoying scratch completely sabotages your car’s aesthetics and brings down its value by thousands of dollars in your mind.
What if you were able to get rid of that scratch? By the end of today it is possible for that scratch to be no more.
This article will cover a few different ways for you to fix a deep scratch on a car. Let me know which method worked for you in the comment section below.
You’ll be learning 2 different methods for fixing deep car scratches. Both are fairly simple and can be done perfectly as long as you take your time and don’t rush things.
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Fixing a deep scratch: Recommended method
This first method is the most professional way to get the job done. The most challenging part of it is taking your time and acquiring the color-matched spray paint.
After you are done, your scratch should be invisible. Especially if you have a black car where scratches, dust, and any scrapes are extremely noticeable, this will make a big difference.
What you will need:
- Isopropyl alcohol
- Soft towel (or any type of buffer)
- Color-matched paint
- Auto polish
Acquiring color-matched paint: Before we get into how to fix a deep scratch on a car, it’s worth mentioning where you can purchase color-matched paint.
Color-matched spray paint can be mixed at certain auto part stores. This is dependent on your location but it’s worth checking out.
The next route you have is to look online. PaintScratch.com and APSTowerPaint.com are recommended websites to find color-matched paint.
In order to purchase the right paint you’ll need to know your car’s color code. Use this tool for easy directions on how to find the paint codes on any car/truck.
Step 1: Sanding
Begin by sanding the surface where your scratch is. The goal here is to rough up the old surface, removing the paint so that your new paint will stick. Also, make sure to sand the inside edges of the scratch to make the surface smoother.
Don’t rush this step! The quality of your preparation will always be seen in the final result of your paint job.
Step 2: Degreasing
Start degreasing the scratch with Isopropyl alcohol. This is another important step that will help assure you a much cleaner paint job at the end. Not only will this help paint stick better but it will also remove hard-to-see dust that will only be noticeable when there are specs in your paint job.
Step 3: Painting
Next, you will want to paint over the scratches. You’ll want to do this in at least a few layers so that it covers up the scratch. Wait 5-10 minutes between each layer depending on how hot it is outside.
Step 4: Back to sanding
Now you’ll want to use some light sandpaper to make your paint job flush with the rest of your car. There should be no noticeable change in height when brushing your hand across the car.
Step 5: Buffing/polishing
Here’s where you’ll get to see your paint job come to life!
Use an automotive polish of your choice and polish the scratch area. You can use a buffer, but it is not necessary. Any non-scratch rag/towel will be fine for small areas.
Step 6: Sit back and be proud!
If you’ve made it this far, hopefully your scratch is gone.
If the paint looks off or the scratch is still very visible, review the video above and reread my instructions. Don’t take it lightly when I say “Don’t rush”. Anyone who makes a living from painting cars will agree that the secret to a good paint job is in the preparation.
Method 2: The touch up paint version
Here is another awesome way for you to remove that annoying scratch. It is quite similar to the previous method but is also a little easier. I originally picked up this method from this page.
The image above shows the scratch we’ll be working with. It is not an insanely deep scratch, but I’d still consider it deep.
What you’ll need:
- Sand paper
- Automotive polish (you can also get polish from scratch removal kit)
- Towel (or buffer if you have one)
- Touch up paint
Step 1: Paint
the first step is to apply the touch up paint. The purpose of it is to fill the crack. Don’t worry if it looks a bit ugly or excessive at this point. It will be sanded down later. The most important part is that the crack gets filled.
A good idea would be to clean the surface before you do this. Ideally you should use isopropyl alcohol, like in the last method, but you can get away with a basic cleaning job using a damp towel. (Make sure to dry it off before painting.)
Step 2: Wet sand it
Next, you’ll want to wet sand the scratch with light sandpaper. Make sure that the scratched area is flush with the rest of the car. I included an image above to give you a better idea of what the sanding job should look like.
Step 3: Polishing
Now all you have to do is polish the scratched area. If all went accordingly, your car should have a similar improvement to the image above.
Step 4: You’re done!
I hope your scratch is gone! This method is fairly painless and can remove the eyesore of a deep scratch.
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There are few things more annoying than a scratch in your paint. Luckily, depending on the size and severity of the scratch, a home repair is often feasible, and it can make a big difference in the overall look of your vehicle. The video above features AMMO’s Larry Kosilla as he goes through the step-by-step process to repair a deep scratch, addressing common mistakes and detailing exactly what you’ll need to take the project from start to finish. We’ve also included links to anything you might need for the job, below. Of course, always keep in mind that each car is different, which means the process may vary slightly from vehicle to vehicle. In this case, we’ve provided product recommendations for everything other than your touch-up paint, since for that product you’ll want to be sure you get something that matches your specific car. Always consult your manual before doing any type of work on your car, and if there’s any doubt, leave it to a professional.
Every garage needs a good roll of shop towels. These are designed to clean up grease, oil, or any other kind of liquid spill you might come up against. They’re strong and stay durable when wet. There are 55 towels per roll, each one at 10.4″ x 11″ in size. You can pick up a roll if you need one right here.
Rubbing alcohol can come in handy for many projects both inside and outside the garage. For most things, any old rubbing alcohol will do, but this one is available and affordable, so it’s worth a look if you’re in the market.
When repairing a deep scratch, you’ll need some spot putty to fill in the crevice. This Bondo putty from 3M dries fast and dispenses easily from its tube. No mixing is required. You can pick up a tube for under 10 bucks right here.
For this job you’ll need a squeegee to spread your spot putty over the scratch in your vehicle’s paint, but they’re helpful for other things too. The 3″ block is great for carefully applying decals and vinyl to your ride and can even be cut to any angle to reach tight corners. If you need a squeegee, check out this 2-pack here.
For the purposes of this step-by-step guide, you’ll really only need this block as something to wrap a shop towel around. Importantly, it’s durable, flexible, and it evenly distributes hand pressure. For less than 5 bucks, it’s a solid choice.
This ScratchWizard Scratch Leveler will help remove the excess putty around the scratch after you’ve filled it. Depending on the size of the repair, you probably won’t need a ton, so this 2 oz bottle for $4.95 is a great value option.
Last but not least, you’ll need a paint brush to do the final touch-up. Any fine brush will do, and you may already have one around the house, but if you need to pick one up, these are specifically made for automotive touch-ups. They’re 3.85″ long with a 2.5 mm microfiber tip. Also, there are 100 of them! You can pick up the bundle right here for less than 10 dollars.
Video transcript instructions:
Deep scratches in your car’s paint are annoying to look at, expensive to repaint, and open up your paint to future rust problems if left untreated. We walk through the steps to cosmetically repair that deep scratch. Watch all our Autoblog Details videos for more quick car care tips from professional detailer Larry Kosilla.
When I find a deep scratch in my paint, I lose my mind. They’re annoying to look at, expensive to repair, and open up your paint to future rust problems if left untreated. Here are the items you’ll need for this task: isopropyl alcohol, shop towels, touch-up paint, small touch-up brush, foam block, filler putty, squeegee, and a paint leveler.
Start by cleaning the scratch
For the purposes of this demonstration, I’ll be working on a scrap panel hood I use to practice compounding and polishing techniques. First, I’ll use a screwdriver to mimic the damaged caused by a tree branch, shopping cart or bicycle handle. These scratches are usually deep and require more than just a simple touch-up. To start, clean out the scratch with rubbing alcohol to remove any leftover wax, especially if the gouge occurred after a recent wax or sealant session. Due to the severe depth of the scratch, touch-up will not be effective nor efficient when filling in the crater. For this, a glazing spot putty will fill the void or crater before applying touch-up on top of the dry putty.
Filling it in
Squeeze a bit of putty next to the scratch, then use a small squeegee to spread the putty into the scratch and allow the glaze to dry for two to three minutes. Once dry, wrap a shop towel around a foam wet sanding block, and apply liquid paint leveler to the towel. The leveler will remove the putty surrounding the scratch, but leave the excess putty within the scratch. Gently wipe the towel across the putty to remove small sections at a time. Use light pressure as the goal is to leave the scratch full of putty and it may take you a few minutes to get this done properly. When done, the scratch should look like a thin red line the length of the original damage.
Applying the paint
Next, use touch-up paint from your dealership or specialized online retailers and a very fine brush. Apply the paint to the red putty by dabbing, not brushing or wiping. Cover the area with a thin, light coat and allow it to dry over night. If more touch-up if required, add one more thin coat or simply apply clear coat on top of the dry touch-up paint. The main purpose of touch-up, especially for deep scratches, is to protect the paint from future corrosion, however, if done correctly, the byproduct of this process cosmetically makes the scratch less annoying to look at.
As the weather gets warmer and the sun shines brighter, many drivers are excited to wash their cars by hand or take on other do-it-yourself vehicle-care projects. Drivers also find themselves traveling more in the summer months, with greater amounts of highway and dirt-road driving taking place. As drivers spend more time with their vehicles, they’re more likely to notice things like dents and scratches left over from the winter, spring, and fall.
When many vehicle owners see a scratch, their first instinct may be to rub it out with polishing compounds or to use other scratch removal techniques. However, this won’t work for all scratches. Sometimes a scratch can be deeper than you think and may require a professional touch.
The basics of automotive paint
Most cars today have three levels of paint on top of the bare metal that makes up a vehicle’s body. Listed from closest to the metal to furthest outside, these coats are the primer, the base coat, and the clear coat. The clear coat tends to be the thickest of the three coats. Some vehicle’s paint jobs may be slightly different and may use chip guards or direct gloss, but the three coats mentioned earlier are the most commonly used. To learn more about some of the other key terms and possible varieties of automotive paint, you can click here to read this article.
Most scratches that can be described as small, minor, or shallow are scratches that are only as deep as the clear coat. A deep scratch on the other hand may damage the base coat, the primer, and possibly even the metal body of a vehicle. In most cases, the deeper a scratch goes, the harder it is to repair.
When to See a Professional
In most cases, small scratches that only affect the clear coat can be rubbed out with a polishing compound. A neat trick to remember is that if you run your fingernail across the scratch and it doesn’t catch on that scratch, you know that you’re probably just dealing with a clear coat scratch. If this is the case, the scratch can most likely be smoothed to the point where it is not visible with the use of polishing compound.
If you’ve tried the fingernail test and find that what you’re dealing with is more than a small clear coat scratch, or if the polishing compound simply does not work, we recommend taking it to your trusted autobody shop.
We would also recommend taking your car to a professional if you’re not confident in your ability to use polishing compound or if you’re unsure how deep the scratch really is. There’s no harm in asking for a professional opinion before buying all kinds of products to find the scratch is more than you can handle. If you bring it to Reliable Collision, we would be happy to have one of our trained experts take a look.
For top-notch bodywork, dent or scratch repair, or automotive painting, give us a call at (401) 823-4770 or stop by 31 Providence St. in West Warwick, RI on Mon-Fri at 8:00-5:00.
Introduction: How to Touch Up a Deep Paint Scratch in Your Car.
Here’s how to get the best possible do-it-yourself result and perhaps avoid paying a body shop $1000s to fix minor paint damage.
What you’ll need:
1. A small bottle of paint that matches your car.
2. A fine-tipped touch up brush (hobbyist stores have these).
3. 3M Glazing & Spot putty (from most automotive stores).
4. Paper towels or a rag.
5. Excess paint and putty remover.
6. Squeegee for spreading putty (credit card will work too).
Materials costs: about $40.
Step 1: Apply Putty
Spread a dab of putty into the scratch with a squeegee or credit card.
Step 2: Remove Putty
Wet a paper towel or rag with excess paint remover. With gentle pressure, wipe over the red putty to remove excess. Stop when the scratch is full with red putty.
Step 3: Apply Paint
Clean the repair area, then apply paint. “Connect the dots” from left to right, keeping a steady hand to avoid creating ugly brush strokes.
Step 4: Done!
Paint is dry in 5 minutes. You can wash or wax your car if you like.
Should you make a mistake, the putty or paint can be removed with nail polish remover and you can try again.
Expect BETTER results on dark colors than light colors.
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Scratches in your car’s paint can be frustrating. They’re annoying to look at and they can be expensive to repair. Not only that, but they can open up your paint for future rust problems if they are left untreated.
So here are some steps to cosmetically repair a deep scratch in your car’s paint.
Here’s what you’ll need to start this project:
- Isopropyl alcohol
- Blue shop towels
- Touch up paint
- Small touch up brush
- Foam block
- Filler putty
- Paint leveler
To start, clean out the scratch with rubbing alcohol to remove any leftover wax, especially if the gouge occurred after a recent wax or sealant session. Because we are dealing with deep scratches in this blog, a simple touch up would not be effective or efficient when filling in the scratch.
Since deep scratches create an almost “crater” you will need to use filler putty to help level out the scratch. Squeeze the putty next to the scratch and use the squeegee to spread the putty into the scratch. Allow the glaze to dry for 2-3 minutes.
Next, wrap a shop towel around a foam-sanding block and apply liquid paint leveler. The leveler will remove the putty surrounding the scratch, but leave the excess putty within the scratch.
Gently wipe the towel across the putty to remove small sections at a time. Use a light pressure as the goal is to leave this scratch full of putty. It may take you a few minutes to get this done properly. Once it is finished the scratch should look like a thin red line the length of the original damage.
Next, use touch-up paint from your dealership or specialized online retailers and a very find brush. Apply the paint to the putty by dabbing, not brushing or wiping. Cover the area with a thin light coat and allow to dry overnight.
If more touch up is required, add one more thin coat or simply apply clear coat on top of the dried touch up paint. The main purpose of touch up, especially for deep scratches, is to protect the paint from future corrosion, however if done correctly, the byproduct of this process cosmetically make the scratch less obvious and annoying to look at.
There are few things more frustrating and concerning than spending thousands of dollars on vehicle maintenance only to have your carвЂ™s look ruined with a scratch. Even a tiny scratch can ruin the look of an otherwise beautiful paint job, especially if itвЂ™s on a very noticeable spot or the rest of your vehicle is otherwise pristine. The good news is that no scratch is too hard to repair; the bad news is that scratch repair can be quite expensive depending on the location and size of the damage.
Although there is no way to fully prevent scratches, there are ways to reduce your risks. Knowing the common causes of car scratches will allow you to take steps to prevent them in the future. There are also more aggressive preventative measures you can take, like installing a vinyl car wrap or premium paint protection film.
COMMON CAUSES OF CAR SCRATCHES
Before learning how to prevent scratches, car owners should know how scratches tend to occur in the first place. Some culprits are obvious, while others might be more of a surprise. In any case, itвЂ™s a good idea to start our discussion with a look at the most common causes of car scratches.
- Car accidents are one of the most common causes of scratches in your carвЂ™s paint. Even a minor bump from another driver can be enough to scrape an unsightly mark into your vehicle.
- Chips and rocks that fly loose from the road or from larger vehicles as you drive can also cause scratches. These scratches may be the hardest to prevent, as the rocks or chips are so small you may not notice youвЂ™ve been hit until you discover a new scratch in your carвЂ™s paint.
- Although itвЂ™s important to keep your car clean, over washing or aggressively scrubbing the carвЂ™s exterior can cause scratches and swirls in the paint as you grind excess dirt on the exterior. Also, make sure you use a microfiber cloth or chamois when drying your car to prevent scratches.
HOW MUCH TO REPAIR CAR SCRATCHES?
No two scratches are alike, and determining what your car scratch repair cost will depend on a number of factors, most importantly is the type of paint scratch damage on your car.
Car manufacturers apply a clear coat over the paint to improve durability and gloss, and scratches that only very lightly damage the clear coat are the easiest and cheapest to fix. Scuffs may be harder to spot than deeper scratches because there is no change in color from the scratch. This depth of scratch can usually be repaired by hand buffing or polishing. Scratch Wizard estimates auto body shops charge less than $100 on average to repair scuffs.
- CLEAR-COAT SCRATCHES
A mark that has more deeply scratched clear coat is a little more difficult to repair, but not by much. If there is no change in color when you look at the scratch, the primer and metal underneath the clear coat are still safe, so you wonвЂ™t need any touch-up paint for the scratched area. These scratches can be polished down until they are almost invisible, but never fully removed. These types of scratches also usually cost less than $100 for professional repair at an auto body shop.
- PAINT SCRATCHES
If your scratch has gone into the primer layer, you will need to use touch up paint to restore the scratched area. The scratch will likely appear white if it has come through the clear coat and the paint, reaching the primer layer underneath. Once a scratch reaches the paint layer, the entire area will need to be sanded, buffed, and repainted, which means even a small paint scratch can be expensive to fix. Scratch Wizard estimates that these types of scratches can cost anywhere from $400 to $1,000 or more to repair.
- DEEP PAINT SCRATCHES
If the scratch is severe enoughвЂ”perhaps you reversed into an object or someone scraped your car as they left a parking spotвЂ”it will scratch down to the metal frame of your vehicle. These scratches should be repaired immediately, as exposed metal can rust if exposed to the elements long enough. If the scratch appears silver, it has likely hit the metal underneath the clear coat, paint, and primer. These types of scratches are the most expensive to repair, with auto body shops charging anywhere from $800 to $1,500 on average for deep paint scratch repair.
FOR SUPERIOR PROTECTION AGAINST CAR PAINT SCRATCHES
There are steps you can take to prevent car scratchesвЂ”parking away from cart bins, not parking too close to other cars, using a microfiber cloth or chamois when drying your vehicleвЂ”but the best preventative step you can take is to install paint protection film.
While paint protection film is not the cheapest option for preventing scratches, it is the most reliable long-term solution. Paint protection film is essentially a plastic wrap for your car. ItвЂ™s applied to surfaces facing the front or bottom of the carвЂ”areas most likely to get scratchedвЂ”and provides a clear coat of protection for the paint underneath. Paint protection film will take the dings and scratches that would otherwise have damaged your carвЂ™s paint.
Applying a paint protection film can save you time and money on car scratch repair, as well help protect your car against the rust that occurs when deep scratches are left unrepaired. All of this protection helps to maintain the resale value of your car and keep your ride looking sexy and pristine for years to come.
For additional information about paint protection film, contact Auto Super Shield. We are South FloridaвЂ™s premier paint protection film installer, specializing in PPF for luxury and exotic vehicles. Call (561) 475-5082 to learn more.
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Can you fix a car door scratch?
How To Fix Deep Scratches On A Car Door. Prepare the scratch by thoroughly cleaning the scratched area with a degreaser. Use a sanding pen to clean out the scratch from rust, loose paint, and any metal burrs. Apply touch-up primer to the bare metal in the scratch and allow to dry.
How do you get scratches out of a car door?
Repair Deep Car Scratches with Simple Items Use toothpaste/nail polish/sandpaper to absorb a little water or vase of the same colour with car paint and then gently rub on scratches. Note that you need to rub in the same direction with the scratch to avoid spreading or making the scratch deeper.
How much does it cost to fix a car door scratch?
Basic coverage for a paint scratch typically ranges from $300 to $900, while paint jobs using brand-new paint can cost $1,000 to $1,800, depending on the extensiveness of the damage.
Does WD-40 Remove car scratches?
WD40 does not remove scratches from car paint. After applying the WD40 to car paint, scratches will disappear, but only temporarily.
What causes scratches under car door handle?
The door handle area of a car often accumulates scratches, markings, and other damage because, well, people use the handle every time they open the door. Finger nails, keys, jewelry, and anything else a person is carrying make contact with the clear coat, which can result in some unsightly blemishes.
Can deep scratches on a car be fixed?
Finding a bad scratch on your car can be frustrating, but fear not—repairing even the worst scratches can be a fairly simple fix, provided you have the right tools. Depending on just how deep the scratch is, you may be able to buff it out by hand using a scratch repair kit.
How do body shops fix scratches?
How do Body Shops Fix Deep Car Scratches?
- Cleaning the surface of any dirt or grime.
- Sand, prime, and fill the dent or scratch as needed.
- Color matching visually and by using the automobile VIN.
- Applying the undercoat, the color coat.
- Sanding and buffing to integrate the repaired area with the existent paint.
How do you fix a scratch on a car door?
How can you fix a stuck car door?
Car key and remote
How to remove deep scratches from your car [simple guide]?
Start by cleaning the affected area using rubbing alcohol and the microfiber cloth.
How do I fix a dent in my car door?
Start by removing the paint inside and around the dent with 24-grit paper.
Even the most careful drivers have to deal with a scratched car from time to time. From shopping carts to tree branches, living a busy life sometimes means dealing with simple repairs—especially if you want to keep your car looking its best.
At Cutting Edge Collision Center, we know how important your vehicle is. We’re Tucson’s expert auto painting professionals , and we’re here to help our clients get the most out of their automobile investments. In this blog, we cover how to remove deep scratches from car exteriors, including doors, hoods, bumpers, and more.
Why not keep your car looking amazing and operating efficiently by taking care of the exterior as well as the engine? For more information about how to keep your car or truck looking brand new, reach out to our auto body restoration team.
Use a Repair Kit
If you’re looking for a simple at-home fix for automobile scratches, we recommend trying a scratch repair kit. These kits work best for light scratches or marks that don’t score too deeply into your car’s paint job. Most auto supply stores offer these kits for reasonable prices.
A scratch repair kit typically includes:
- Cleaning supplies
- Buffing pads or microfiber cloths
- Scratch removal solution
Follow your kit’s directions exactly, making sure to avoid applying any scratch removal paste or solution directly to your car’s paint or scratches. Improper use of scratch removal kits can result in more damage and increased repair costs.
Other DIY Methods
Often, over-the-counter scratch removal kits can’t tackle deep or wide scratches. If you’re wondering how to remove deep scratches from car paint without paying for abrasive methods like wet sanding, other DIY solutions may help.
Many companies make a buffing or rubbing compound designed to remove scratches from car paint. While these compounds may not work for scratches that expose bare metal, they often remove minor scratches and marks to improve the car’s overall appearance.
Glazing putty is available at most auto repair shops and auto supply stores and works by filling in scratches and minor marks on the car’s surface. A dime-sized amount of glazing putty is enough for most scratches and works to fill in and level the mark, creating an even, smooth surface.
Painting the Scratched Area
No matter which method of scratch removal you use, you will likely need to paint the affected area. We recommend avoiding DIY paint methods, as these at-home fixes often look uneven, fail to match colors, and may even damage the original paint.
Trust the Experts
Tried all of the above methods and still wondering how to remove deep scratches from car paint? You may benefit from professional scratch repair.
Despite the reputation that auto body repair work is expensive, scratch repair services are typically very affordable. Experienced repair shops can remove the scratches, repair dents, repaint your car, and so much more.
To learn more about auto body restoration , reach out to Cutting Edge Collision Center today.
If you’re passionate about your car, there are few things more irritating than unsightly scratches caused by accidents, vandalism and parking lot carelessness. To fix these, panel beaters and experts could cost a fortune.
“There are a few ways to repair these scratches on your own, at home, but affordable scratch and dent insurance cover is probably less risky,” said Barend Smit, MD of MotorHappy, a supplier of motor management solutions and car insurance options. ” This insurance covers you in the event of minor scratches, dents and chips, as well as small interior scratches. It’s the answer if you love your car and you try to keep it in pristine condition, inside and out.”
However, if you are the brave, do-it-yourself type, Smit lists the following at-home solutions to clean up some of those scratches:
1 Scratch removal kits
One option is to purchase the best car scratch remover you can find. This is how to use such a kit:
1 Wash the vehicle so there is no debris or dirt in the scratched area. Microfibre cloths are best for drying the vehicle and removing unwanted dirt.
2 Remember to purchase the correct scratch removal kit for your vehicle, as many cars have different types of paint, which require certain kits. Your best bet would be to ask someone at an automotive shop which kit they recommend.
3 Apply the scratch removing agents to a microfibre cloth or buffing pad supplied with the kit.
4 Gently rub the cloth or buffing pad on the scratched area. Use a circular motion, as this is best for avoiding new scratches.
5 Wipe away the excess product by using a clean cloth. Repeat this process if the scratches are still visible.
Note: It’s important to read the instructions of a scratch removal kit to get the best results.
2 Repainting to fix deep scratches
“Before you consider this process, remember this technique requires some skill,” said Smit. “When it comes to deep scratches, we recommend letting the professionals deal with it, because a DIY job could get messy. This is a risky option for amateurs.”
If you still want to repaint to fix a deep scratch, follow these steps:
1 Wash the vehicle or scratched area to remove all dirt.
2 Sand the scratched area to remove surface paint. 2000-grit wrap is the best ratio for sandpaper to lightly remove the paint. It’s important to sand in the same direction as the scratch to prevent further damage.
3 Rinse off the dirt caused by the sandpaper. If the scratches are still visible, sand down the paint more until they aren’t.
4 Spray three coats of primer on to the sanded area. Wait five to 10 minutes between each coat.
5 Apply two or three coats of paint which matches your car’s colour. Check with your car’s manufacturer to ensure you buy the same shade. You should wait about 10 to 15 minutes between each coat to ensure the paint dries properly.
6 Lastly, wax the area that has been resprayed after the paint has dried. A buffer pad works best for waxing.
A deep car key scratch does not necessarily mean an expensive new paint job. Cars have a thick layer of paint, which means removing the top layers does not diminish its appearance. Removing the scratch successfully involves using certain products and procedures to ensure no other damage is done to the car’s paint.
Clean the scratched area with a soapy sponge. Mix 1 tsp. liquid dish soap into a bucket of warm water. Wash dirt and dust from the area. Rinse with cool water and wipe dry with a soft cloth.
Put 1/2 tsp. black shoe polish onto a rag. Rub the polish into the scratch mark. Use black polish for light-colored cars and white polish for dark colors. Remove any excess polish from around the scratch area with the rag.
Moisten a wet/dry 2,000- to 3000-grit ultra-fine sandpaper with cool water. Squeeze a drop of liquid dish soap onto the sandpaper.
Sand the scratches slowly using gentle pressure. Rub the sandpaper back and forth, wetting it after five or six strokes. Continue rubbing the scratch until you no longer see the shoe polish.
Place 1 tsp. rubbing compound on a soft cloth. Rub the compound into the affected area using circular motions. Remove the cloudy compound from the paint with a clean cloth, buffing it to a clean shine.
- Popular Mechanics: How to Repair Your Car Scratch
- Body Shop Zone: Removing Scratches in Auto Body Finish
- Use car polish and wax to add a protective coat to the car’s paint.
Things You’ll Need
- Liquid dish soap
- Black or white shoe polish
- 2,000- to 3,000-grit wet/dry sandpaper
- Rubbing compound
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Written by Anthony Volk on April 7, 2019 . Posted in Auto Glass Repair
Minor scratches in windshields and vehicle windows can sometimes be fixed at home with basic supplies. (Here’s our opinion on DIY methods for glass repair). If your vehicle’s glass has shallow scratches, one of three products might help you remove or reduce the scratches. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to apply these products.
Step 1: Check the Depth
Step 2: Gather Your Supplies
Assuming your vehicle’s scratches are shallow, you can get the supplies needed. You’ll want:
- glass cleaner
- soft cloths
- a spatula
- small bowls
- dry-erase marker or tape
- drill with rubber polishing wheel
(Some of these items, especially the latter ones, are optional but make the repair work much easier.)
You’ll also need the scratch-repair product itself, of which there are three options:
- clear acrylic nail polish – which many people have but only works on the shallowest scratches
- cerium oxide – which is the best product for most minor scratches but few people have on hand
- baking soda and white toothpaste – which can work but often requires multiple applications
Acrylic scratch remover can be used instead of clear nail polish, but it does about as good a job and most people don’t already have scratch remover. Cerium oxide is a sealant and polish that’s used on glass, metal and ceramic. It’s often called “jeweler’s rouge” and is relatively inexpensive for the amount that’s needed.
Step 3: Clean the Scratch
Before actually repairing the scratch, make sure there’s no debris that’ll interfere with the bond between the repair product and glass. Thoroughly clean the scratched area with the glass cleaner and a soft cloth. (There’s no reason to clean the entire glass at this point, as you’ll likely get fingerprints and some product on the glass while repairing the scratch.
Step 4: Mark the Scratched Area
As the repair progresses, it can become difficult to see where the glass was scratched. So you always know where you should be working, mark the scratched area. The easiest way to do this is by outlining the scratch with a dry-erase marker on the opposite (undamaged) side of the glass. Alternatively, you can place a piece of tape on the opposite side.
Step 5: Prepare the Repair Product
Now is the time to prepare the repair product you’re using. This will vary slightly depending on the product your using, and you can skip this step if you’re using an acrylic product.
For cerium oxide, use a spatula to mix the powder with water in a small bowl. Combine the two ingredients until they form a slurry that’s the consistency of Elmer’s Glue. Keep additional water on hand in case the slurry begins to dry out during the repair.
For baking soda and white toothpaste, use about 1 teaspoon of baking soda and a quarter of a standard toothpaste tube. Mix together with water until a slurry is formed and the baking soda is no longer detectable. Keep all items on hand, as you’ll probably need to mix up more for additional applications.
Step 6: Apply the Repair Product
With the product ready, you can start repairing the scratch. The precise steps you should follow depend on what product you’re using. (Be sure to follow any included instructions that are available when using a repair-specific product.)
If using acrylic scratch remover or nail polish, fill the scratch in and wipe away any excess. The product should dry hard and clear, and there should be minimal buffing needed.
If using cerium oxide, fill the scratch in begin gently buffing it. The drill and rubber polishing wheel make buffing much easier. Continue filling in the scratch with more cerium oxide and buffing until the result is a clear and smooth repair. For best results, apply the cerium oxide to a cloth and then to the scratch. If the solution gets elsewhere on the glass, it can actually cause small scratches.
If using the homemade mixture, follow the instructions for cerium oxide. Be even gentler when buffing, though, and plan on going through many more applications.
Step 7: Clean the Window
Once the repair is fully made, wipe away any repair product that remains and clean the window. You can clean the entire window at this time. The result should be a clear glass without scratches in it.
Major Auto Glass Repair
If you have more significant scratches or these products don’t work, your vehicle’s glass likely needs to be professionally repaired. Let us at Anthony Volk Glass take care of the scratches for you. We’ve been performing auto glass repair for three generations and would be happy to repair your vehicle’s windshield or windows. Call Anthony first at (610) 436-9727 or use our online quote request form.
So you scratched your car. Relax. It’s not the end of the world. Sometimes, what appears to be a big scratch is just debris from an impact or bad weather. It can also be a raised line, which happens when your vehicle smashes into a bumper or any kind of object with a much softer coating than your car’s paint. Or it can really be a deep scratch—the kind that makes your stomach turn whenever you see it.
However, there are ways to fix these scratches, and it’s really not that difficult to do. All it takes is a bit of effort and time on your part, and soon, your car will be back to normal. Here’s how to fix car paint scratches:
## Assess the scratch
It’s important to know what kind of scratch it is, since it will tell you what kind of repair you need to do. A car has four layers: the clear coat, color (base coat) primer (prepares and protects the metal, and helps bond the paint to the surface better), and steel. Some scratches can affect only the top, clear coat, while some affects other layers as well. The deeper the scratch goes, the more intensive the repainting will be. Basically, they fall under two categories:
– Clear coat scratch / Light Scratch
Clear coat scratches barely make it through the clear coat, so it will be much easier to get rid of. Most of the damage is on the surface, which can be polished or re-sprayed with a new, protective top layer.
– Base coat / Deep Scratch
This type of scratch goes far deeper, and may involve getting not just on the clear coat, but also through other deeper layers, such as where the color and primer reside. This damage is more serious, so you may have to sand the scratches, add a fresh, new layer of top coat, matching car color, and primer on your vehicle again.
## How to repair light scratches on vehicles
1. Clean the car’s surface and remove possible debris.
2. Get a tape (masking tape is ideal) to cover areas near the scratch.
3. Apply a bit of polishing compound to the microfiber cloth.
4. Polish the scratch.
5. Use a microfiber or terry cloth to dry the area.
If the scratch almost goes through the clear coat, you can try to use polishers that also act as scratch removers, such as:
– Turtle Wax
– 3M Scratch Remover System
– Mother’s California Gold Scratch Remover
– 3M Scratch and Scuff Removal Kit
– Meguiar’s Ultimate Compound
## How to repair deep scratches on vehicles
1. Make sure you buy the same paint color.
You can do this by looking for a little plate found on your car’s firewall. There should be a body number and paint code number written on it. If you can’t find it, contact the dealer where you purchased your vehicle.
2. Wash and dry your car very well.
This is important, since dirt and other debris can cause more scratches when you do your repair. When you clean your car, focus more on the damaged areas.
3. Sand the area.
Buy a 2000-grit dry or wet sandpaper and wrap it around a sanding pad to begin sanding. You should sand only enough to get through the clear coat, and nothing more. Use only one direction when sanding. You can rinse with water periodically when sanding. This helps you to see clearly how far to sand.
If the scratch goes slightly deeper than the clear coat, you need to use a 1500-grit sandpaper first and then shift to the 2000-grit sandpaper.
Rinse the area again, and wipe the surface dry. You should only use a microfiber cloth when doing this, since others can cause small, light scratches on your vehicle’s surface.
4. Get tape (a masking tape is ideal) to cover areas near the scratch.
This will ensure that the primer only goes to the scratch—and nowhere else.
5. Apply a thin dab of primer on the scratch.
Wait for it to dry off completely.
6. Mix the paint color.
You can use a touch-up bottle for this.
7. Apply the paint, and cover the surface of the scratch entirely.
Work from the edges, inward. If the surface is extremely small, you can use a matchstick or toothpick to apply the paint. Be careful not to add too much paint. If it’s thicker than the surrounding areas, then get a small tissue and very lightly place it on the surface of the paint so it will absorb the excess.
8. Allow the paint to dry completely for several days.
9. Wax and polish the entire car so the paint will be thoroughly blended.
It will also give it a great shine.
## Other Important things to remember when fixing car scratches:
– Wait until the clear coat dries thoroughly before you add in another one.
– If you’re not confident of your DIY skills, just hire a professional service to do it. However, it’s not cheap. Basically, it costs around P2,500 to P3,000 to paint an entire car panel. It’s expensive because they will repaint the car’s entire panel area, not just the scratch itself.
– Check other parts of your car for other scratches before you start doing your repair. That way, you don’t have to waste time because you can combine all your repairs in one sitting.
– Car paint is dangerous—keep it away from children and pets. You should also, protect yourself while doing it: wear rubber gloves, masks, protective goggles, and even respirators whenever possible. Also make sure to do it in well-ventilated areas.
– If you’re really strapped for cash, use Fix It Pro Magic Pen or a simple whitening toothpaste as alternatives. However, they are only effective for small, light scratches.
– Scratches are an inevitable part of any vehicle’s life, so don’t fret about it. Just follow these steps, and you’ll soon have your car back to normal once again.
Let’s check out 5 handy steps in repairing car’s deep scratch!
We love our car so much. We want it to look perfectly clean and shiny. We keep our cars clean and looking new. But that effort will end up being useless because of scratches. A simple scratch can ruin the look of a newly polished car.
Scratches can occur almost every day. It can be caused by different reasons. Some scratches can be from loose pebbles, or careless driver, or any debris from roads and highways. These are a major headache for most vehicle owners. And it can deal more damage if not dealt quickly. Deep scratches, most especially, are really a problem, because it can expose your car’s bare metal and can rust in just a couple of day, causing a more serious problem that requires a more difficult solution.
Luckily, Philcarnews.com is here to help you. Here is the step-by-step process on how to repair vehicle’s deep scratches.
Before anything else, the first thing you need to do is to clean your car. You need to wash your car in the same way as what you regularly do. Wash your car properly. Make sure that it is completely clean and dry before the next procedure.
Thoroughly wash the whole car before starting to repair the deep scratch
After the thorough cleaning of your car, you can start to inspect how deep scratch the scratch is. Check if it only damages the primer or the car’s bare metal. In that way, you’ll know the right application for the scratch.
You can start preparing the area by covering the surrounding of the area by using newspaper and masking tape. These will prevent overspray to the areas that are undamaged. You need to mask the part depending on the damaged area. To be sure, you can cover a larger area to protect the undamaged surface from any spray paint that can be carried away by the air to different parts of the car’s finish.
After securing the undamaged surface, you’ll need to use some paint cutting or rubbing compound on damaged area and around it as well. You have to remove a layer of the surrounding area, just a very thin one. This will greatly help in the blending the new coat later. After doing so, clean the area again and make sure that it is free from any small particles and other mess. Be sure that it is free and clear from dirt for the painting later.
2. Application of the color coat
In the application part, you have to make two things, choosing the perfect paint color for your car and the proper application of the paint.
2.1. Choose the right color
You need to be extra meticulous when looking for the touch-up paint which will match your car’s paint perfectly. To easily find the perfect paint color, you can base it on its brand, manufacturer and year. You can find a variety of car paint’s that are perfect for any deep scratch repair.
Find the color that best fits your car’s paint
2.2. Application of the paint
There are choices if you want a spray paint or if you would rather prefer a fine paint brush. You can also use a cocktail stick to easily build up the thin layer. The main objective here is to build and apply the paint in the right amount, just below the surrounding’s clear coat level. Let it dry for about 10-30 minutes. Some paints took long hours to dry, it depends on the temperature and the paint itself.
3. Application of Clear Coat
Once you are contented and feeling satisfied with the color coat that you applied, let it dry completely. Once it has dried completely, you can now apply the clear coat. Make sure to apply it in thin layers, so that, it sits just a bit above the surrounding paint. Once again, remember that the drying of the coat will greatly depend on the temperature. So, during application, it is better to allow a 10 to 30 minutes time interval.
Once the color coat dried completely, you cab start applying the clear coat to the car’s surface
In some cases, you have to let the paint totally harden and dry. Sometimes it might take more than a day before you can proceed to the next step.
4. Flatten the area
After the paint has finally hardened and now totally dry, you can now proceed to the next step; and that is smoothening the area. This is important because if it’s flat, it wouldn’t be noticeable and will blend perfectly with the car’s paint.
Here, you have to use an abrasive cutting/rubbing compound or a really fine grit wet and dry sandpaper. What you’ll have to use depends on the scratch. Same with what you did on the initial stage, you have to apply the compound in the same circular motion. If you’re using sandpaper, use a course one first, then change the paper into a finer grit (up to 2500 grit) in stages.
You need to smoothen the surface for it to blend perfectly in the car’s paint
You’re now on the last stage. In this stage, you have to use a polish that will make your car have a perfect and polished finish. There will be instruction in the polish packaging. You just have to follow those instructions and your car will be good as new. If you are not contented with your car’s finish, you can try giving it an extra buff or a wax for a more radiating shine.
After you follow these five simple steps, your car’s deep scratch wouldn’t even be noticeable. You don’t have to ask for professional help that will just cost you more money. You can do all that on your own. These DIY steps are here to guide you perform the job like a pro. So the next time you’ll have to face deep scratch repair again, you don’t have to worry. You are now aware of what to do.
Use a polish for your to have a shiny finish
We cannot really avoid scratches especially on our day to day drive. Pebbles, debris, and circumstances are everywhere, causing scratches to our car’s polished finish. It is truly frustrating at times, especially that car repairs cost are expensive. Good thing there are handy guides to help us solve this problem on our own.
Knowing procedures like repairing your own car’s deep scratches does not only save you from spending repair money, doing the job on your own is also very rewarding and fulfilling as a vehicle owner.
You may go to great lengths to avoid scratches, but sooner or later, your car will bear the unavoidable marks. Scratches can spoil the appearance of your car, and they reduce the resale value of your vehicle if not properly removed.
Fortunately, you need not take your car to a body shop for scratch removal. Use the following household items to do the job. It’ll save you some bucks and improve the appearance of your car with just a bit of effort.
Step 1 – Wash the Panel
Wash the panel with soapy water . Choose a soap that is gentle, yet strong enough to cut through any grime you have picked up from your travels. Rinse and dry with a soft, lint-free cloth. It’s best to repair the scratch after the panel has been well cleaned.
Before you begin repairing a scratch on your car’s paint, you should be sure it is really a scratch, not simply a mark. Often what appears to be a scratch may, in fact, may be only a removable mark. Washing the area allows you to make that important distinction.
Plus, washing the area can tell you a lot about the damage that exists on the vehicle. If you see the original color of the car under the scratch, it means it’s merely surface damage, which is easily remedied. If you see a white surface, that means it’s a deeper issue that’ll take some more TLC to fix.
Additionally, cleaning a surface completely will remove any small particles which could get dragged across while polishing, resulting in more damage.
Step 2 – Shoe Polish
Use a soft cloth to apply some polish over the scratch. This will allow you to sand down the paint around the scratch. Try not to exceed the scratch level—if you do, you’ll cause more damage to the panel.
Step 3 – Sand the Scratch
Add two drops of liquid dish detergent into a bowl of cold water. Mix the solution well. Dip 2000-3000 grit sandpaper into the bowl, then gently sand the affected area. The slippery solution will enhance the action of the sandpaper. Use short, light strokes to sand until all the polish disappears. You’ll have to re-dip the sandpaper in the soapy water as you work for efficiency. Be sure to work over the entire length of the scratch.
Step 4 – Clean
Brush all sand particles from the affected area with a soft brush. A clean surface is vital before you proceed to the next stage.
Step 5 – Buff
Use a washcloth to apply some rubbing compound on the scratched area. Work in a circular motion. As you buff, a haze will be produced. Use a terry cloth towel to lift the haze.
Step 6 – Wash
Clean the mended area with plain water and a soft cloth.
Step 7 – Polish
Work the area with a polishing wheel and compound. Once you notice that the area has a uniform appearance with the rest of the panel, you can stop polishing. Wipe the area with a soft cloth to prepare the surface for paint or wax.
Step 8 – Paint
In some cases, you may need to paint over the scratch to completely fix the appearance of your car. This step will likely require an item you don’t have on hand at your house—touch-up paint, which can come in several forms, including markers and pens, which make it easy to precisely touch up a mark. Careful application of touch-up paint can make car surfaces look like new. If the paint you get does not come in a marker form, use a very fine brush instead, and make sure the area is completely cleaned first.
If you need to get paint, ensure that it’s the exact shade of your car’s original paint. Use your vehicle identification number to figure out what paint you should buy from the automotive store. Let your work dry overnight.
Step 9 – Shine
When you’re done polishing and/or painting, use a soft cloth to apply car wax over the area. Rub the wax in a circular motion to create a shine. Car wax acts as a protective layer, helping to prevent further scratches. This final step will leave your car in good shape.
If you’re dealing with more of a raised mark than a scratch, you can still use household items to get rid of the issue. Use a damp cloth dipped in a bit of rubbing alcohol or adhesive remover, applying the cloth in a circular motion. Once the mark is gone, repeat the process with a fresh cloth that has been dampened with only water.
Scratches, chips and other imperfections are just about unavoidable, but a careful repair job can be almost totally invisible. Here’s how to fix a paint scratch on your car, step by step.
Options for paint repair range from simple tinted waxes and As-Seen-On-TV miracle pens to multistage treatments matched to your car’s exact color. As someone who’s capable with a wrench, I went with the latter and tested Automotive Touchup’s kit on my pockmarked 1993 Ford Bronco. It costs about $50 depending on which supplies you need, compared to $5,000 for a professional all-over repainting. This collection of aerosol cans and sandpaper is as close as you can get to an appointment at the paint booth. Here’s how it works, and whether it’s worth it.
Unless the car you’re repairing is over 20 years old or was custom-painted, the paint is almost certainly a clear-coated catalyzed enamel. Artificially hardened by toxic chemicals, it’s stable within hours of factory application.
On the other hand, the paint you’re applying, whether it’s primer, color or clear, is a lacquer. Lacquers dry because the solvent evaporates, leaving the solids behind. While they may feel hard and be sandable within a few minutes, they will continue to shrink for a while. Allow lacquers to dry at least overnight so they can shrink before you add another coat. If you need multiple coats to build up the paint film to full thickness for a repair, one coat a day is best. Of course, be safe. The amounts of solvents used are small, but work in a well-ventilated area. Make sure to degrease the area with solvent before starting.
Somewhere on your car should be the factory-paint code, probably on a sticker or metal plaque under the hood or in the doorsill. This will help a great deal in finding the correct touchup.
If you can’t match the color in the display of touchup paints at the auto parts store, your next, albeit expensive, step is the parts counter at the car dealer, at least if you have a car that’s less than 10 to 15 years old.
Introduction: How to Repair Plastic Bumper Scratches
Is your car bumper scuffed or scratched? While not as severe as a crack or dent a trip to a repair shop not only costs quite a bit, but they will probably need to keep your car for a day or two.
So why not fix it yourself?
In this instructable we are going to show you how to repair a scratched plastic or fiberglass bumper cover on your own, in a fraction of the time, and at a fraction of the cost.
What you need:
- Factory-matched paint in a spray can
- Automotive spray primer
- Automotive spray clear coat
- Some sheets of coarse and fine sandpaper
- Scuff pad
- Cleaning towel
- Wax and grease remover
- Scratch-filling putty
Step 1: Apply Masking Tape
Mask off areas around the damaged area that you do not want to be hit by spray paint.
Step 2: Sand Bumper
Using firm pressure, sand the damaged area of the bumper until you have smoothed the scratches out.
Step 3: Clean Panel
Wipe down the panel with a cleaning towel, then clean the entire area with wax and grease remover.
Step 4: Fill Scratches
If you find any scratches that will not sand out, fill them with a thin layer of scratch-filling putty.
Give the putty five minutes for it to harden, then sand it using some coarse sandpaper.
You might need to repeat this step again in order to smooth everything out.
Step 5: Scuff Repair Area
Using a grey scuff pad, scuff about 10 inches around the repair area.
This will help the paint stick and be more durable over time.
Step 6: Prime Bumper
Apply a thin layer of primer, wait two minutes, then apply a heavier layer of primer until you have covered any areas exposed by sanding.
Step 7: Paint Bumper
Sand the primer using fine-grit sandpaper with light pressure until it feels smooth.
Apply multiple coats of paint from a distance of about 10-12 inches.
If you encounter any bumps, cloudiness, or what looks like “cat” scratches wait five minutes, sand again, and re-apply paint.
If you car is silver or gold and you notice stripes, following up with some vertical passes.
Step 8: Clearcoat Layer
Give the paint five minutes to dry, then apply a light layer of clearcoat.
Wait two minutes and slowly apply a heavier layer, overlapping each pass by around 50%.
Give the clearcoat 10 minutes to dry before removing the tape and paper.
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May 24, 2021
Every car will incur dings and light scratches at some point. You take this risk every time you park in a parking lot! But if you’re one of the unlucky car owners who’s discovered a deep scratch, don’t worry just yet. Deep scratches in your car are a source of frustration and stress, especially when you consider the cost of a repair job. But the good news is you can easily remove deep scratches from your car right at home with just a few supplies from your automotive store. In this article we’ll talk about how to remove deep scratches from your car yourself—no professionals needed!
Why Should You Buff Out Those Deep Scratches?
Three layers make up your car’s exterior: the body, the base paint, and the top or clear coat. When your car gets scratched, grime can penetrate the paint and, in some cases, cause serious damage.
In the case of deep scratches, the scratch penetrates the topcoat through to the base paint layer and, in some cases, the metal body of your car. If your car’s bare metal is exposed, rust can develop quickly—usually in a day or two. Once rust forms, you’ll need professional help to stop the rust from spreading. By then, you have more than just an aesthetic issue on your hands. If not addressed, rust will eat away at your car (and its value!)
However, if your car has a deep scratch that isn’t exposing metal but has only penetrated the base paint layer, you can easily remedy the issue yourself.
Five Steps to Removing Deep Scratches from Your Car
Tackling these deeper scratches takes a little effort, but if you’re willing to put in the time and energy, you can save yourself a trip to the body shop and buff out the scratches right at home. In five simple steps, you can remove deep scratches from your car, preserving its value and restoring its beauty.
1. Wash and Dry
Before you begin deep scratch repairs on your vehicle, you want to thoroughly wash and dry the affected area. Leaving dirt or grime on your car increases the chances that you’ll further scratch or damage the paint job. Plus, having a clean workspace ensures you’re taking care of all the scratches and aren’t missing anything. Don’t skip this step; you’ll thank us.
2. Buff It Out
The simplest way to execute this step is by purchasing a car scratch repair kit. These typically come with a polishing compound and buffing pads. Simply pour the compound onto a microfiber towel or buffing pad and rub the scratch with the polish, working in small, tight circles. Between the compound and the pad, a sanding effect takes place, and you’ll smooth out the rough edges of your car’s deep scratch.
After you’ve buffed the edges away, wipe the surface clean with a clean microfiber cloth. If you’ve still got rough or raised edges surrounding the scratch, repeat this process until everything is smooth.
3. Fill Deep Cracks
Most of your deep scratches will need a filler like a glazing putty to create an even surface. Before filling the cracks with putty, wipe the area clean with rubbing alcohol. This removes any residual grime that you might have missed and allows the putty to stay in place.
Now that your car is free of wax or dirt or leftover polishing compound, squeeze a small amount of glazing putty into or onto the scratch. Using a spreader tool or hand squeegee, apply even pressure to spread the putty uniformly across the scratch. The putty will cure in just a few minutes, filling your scratch and solidifying quickly.
At this point, apply a paint leveler to a microfiber cloth and rub it over the newly filled scratch. The paint leveler will remove any putty that clumped or accidentally adhered to spots other than the repaired scratch.
4. Apply Touch Up Paint to Repaired Areas
Using your car’s color code found on the inside of the door, purchase matching touch up paint to apply over your repairs. Your touch up paint comes with instructions for proper application. Simply apply a small amount of paint using a the applicator that comes with the touch up paint kit. Cover the scratch and fill in any small gouges, being careful to cover any small holes or divots you might have left in the glaze putty.
Once you’ve covered the entire repair in touch up paint, allow it to cure for at least eight hours. An overnight cure provides the best results, so we encourage you to give your car at least that long before taking it out or exposing it to the elements.
5. Buff Out to Finish
After the touch up paint has cured, buff the repair. At this point, your car’s surface should be smooth, the paint should match, and you shouldn’t even notice there was ever a scratch. Finish the process with a total wash and wax of your car, and it’ll look good as new!
Deep scratches might feel like a nightmare. But if you use the right method and take your time, you can fix most deep car scratches right in your own garage. We hope our guide has been helpful to you. Now that you know you can remove scratches from your car, you can save a trip to the body shop—and the bills that come with it!
Our paint system is primarily designed to address chips, but it can also be used to repair deep scratches that have removed the paint and have exposed the bare panel of the car. The information below identifies what to look for when determining whether the Dr. ColorChip touchup process will effectively repair the damage on you car:
Deep Scratches – Deep, narrow scratches(visualize a key scratch) which have gone down to the bare panel will generally hold paint, and as a result will make the repaired scratch blend in with the car’s original color. In most cases this repair will make the scratch much less noticeable. The repair also creates a moisture barrier providing protection against possible rust and will help prevent any further erosion of the car’s undamaged paint around the area of the scratch. We recommend the use of a squeegee on deep scratches as it is easier to level the paint across the length of the scratch creating a better fill of the scratch.
Wide Scratches – Wide scratches which have removed a wider than approximately 3mm area of paint across the scratched area can still effectively be repaired. We again recommend you use the squeegee to flatten the paint over the exposed area. The larger the exposed are, the more likely you will want to carefully use the Sealact blending solution to wipe around the edges of the damage and avoid going overtop the fresh paint that is covering the damage.
Light Surface Scratches – Surface scratches(often caused by tree branches or or an object lightly brushing up against your car) often can be buffed out. Use of a fine compound in some cases will allow you to remove the light surface scratch from the panel. Surface scratches only impact the clearcoat and not the paint beneath the surface of the clear. One way to determine the depth of the scratch is to use what we call “The Fingernail Test”. Simply place your nail on one side of the scratch and lightly swipe it perpendicular across the scratch. If you nail glides smoothly over the scratch then most likely the scratch is a surface scratch which might be completely removed using a buffer and fine rubbing compound. If your nail gets caught up in the scratch, that indicates the scratch has penetrated the clearcoat a bit deeper. An experienced detailer can wet sand and buff the scratch to see if it can be removed or if it will require touchup paint.
Key Scratches – Key scratches in most cases will have various depths of penetration along the length of the scratch. The deep er areas will hold paint better, and the those areas of the scratch with less depth will be less receptive to paint grabbing onto its surface. Its frustrating to have your car keyed. Often the decision on how your address the repair comes down to how much the scratch bothers you. Do you want the damage to be completely removed? If so then the body shop respray is the best option…..albeit the most expensive. If your goal is to simply lessen the appearance of the key mark and save the cost of a body shop repair……then Dr. ColorChip is an excellent alternative. Results with darker colored vehicles will tend to be better than the visual impact of repaired key scratch on a silver or gold car. The metallics in these lighter colored silver and gold car’s paints will make the appearance of the paint in the scratch look darker or lighter depending on the angle you are viewing the repair. We want our customers to have enough information to form realistic expectations on the outcome of the repair. This is not a magical cure for the long key scratch across the entire panel of a silver or gold car. The longer the scratch the more visible it will be even after the repair especially on a lighter silver or gold car.
Vehicle Color – Darker colored vehicles…..Blacks, Blues, Reds and Grays absorb the reflection of light better than lighter metallic silver and gold colored cars. Not only do the lighter colors reflect light more drawing attention to the area, but the metallic flakes in the paint take on a different color hue depending on the angle at which you are viewing the repaired scratch.