Tips about Car Scratch and Dent Repairs

About Clear Coat Scratch Repair

For those who have purchased their car after saving their money for long and had to undergo long-cum- exhausting formalities with bank for acquiring loan, can never bear any scratch or dent on their favorite cars. Of course, nobody buys car for dent or scratches. Even, a small mark can make an owner cry.  The owner loves and takes care of his car like his kid.

He washes, wipes and feed his car in the form of fuel and other oils or lubricants. He always wants to see his car in the best cosmetic condition from outside and inside as well. It is bizarre to believe but men love their cars more than their wives.

So, taking care of your car is really a serious matter for which you need to follow some tips when your car becomes a victim of some scratches or dent. There are two kinds of scratches – major and minor. For major scratches you need to approach specialized services of removing scratches. But, minor or small scratches can be easily treated at home. You don’t need to go to service station and pay money for repair. You can easily remove it with some useful tips mentioned below:

Initial do’s

1)      Examine scratches: Firstly, you need to examine the impact of last night collision. You should carefully inspect your car to locate dents or scratches. You can use your index finger to investigate damage in a better way. It will help you come to a conclusion whether you should take your car to service station or you can handle it on your own.  Once you are confirmed about the severity of damage and if it is minor, you can follow these below given steps:

2)      Choose right materials: You need to buy some good and relevant materials from store. You should buy matching paint, fillers, sand paper, polish etc.

3)      Clean & wash scratches: You can use a use a toothbrush for cleaning dust.  Use sand paper to sand scratches. Again, clean the dust. Then, you need to wash scratches with a good washing powder. Cleaning dust carefully helps you proceed for other steps otherwise it (dust) will hinder in repairing the scratches in a better way.

Crucial Do’s

1)      Apply materials one by one: First of all, you should mix the fillers well to fill small dents. Leave it to dry. Then, use sand paper to smoothen the surface. Use brush again to clean dust. Apply paint on the surface and leave it for a while. You can apply three coats to give perfect finish.

2)      Final touch:  Apply polish once the surface is dry. Here, again you are with a shining and dazzling car.

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Fix Car Scratch with Touch Up Paint

A victim of car scratch & yet confused enough on how to handle the scratch easily keeping budget & time in mind? A definite choice is to go for touch-up paints available as home- finishing products. Entire procedure is described below on how to take care of the scratches using the touch-up paint.

Required materials:-

All you will need is a good quality touch-up paint matching to the colour of your vehicle, a primer (if the scratch is too deep) helps the paint to hold longer on the surface, a rust dabber coating that helps in preventing further rusting under the applied paint, pieces of soft cloth (terry or micro-fibre cloth) for cleaning & polishing purpose & protective tapes & gloves just to be safe from the chemical side-effects on skin.

Process:-

  1. Clean & dry the area. Yes if required you can use a bit of polishing material to clean the surface in a better way.
  2. Check if the depth of colour dig is more. If yes then apply a bit of rust-repeller for keeping future rusting.
  3. For cleaning the area, use sand paper (not too rough) for sanding the area so that the primer sticks & makes grip to the paint.
  4. Thin brush can be used to apply primer & let it dry.
  5. Mix the auto paint in the touch-up bottle so that the liquid is not much thicker. If thick paint is used, it will stay as a layer & will show up.
  6. Wax & polish the area to get the exact glow and finishing later. It enhances shine & lasts longer.

Using the touch-up paint pen:-

It is simple to use as there is no confusion of colour matching & primer application & sanding works. If the scratch is fresh (old scratches must be checked for rusting) & no rusting has occurred then follow these steps:-

  1. Clean the surface with soap water/ foam to wipe of the dirt. Alcohol can be used to get best results. Make sure the cloth to be used is soft enough so that it doesn’t make any further scratches due to the dirt present already.
  2. Make sure the pen you are going to use is UV protected. If not then you must avoid those cheap products available in the market.
  3. Apply the pen gently on the scratch which will accumulate the colour from its surrounding & will coat the area finely.
  4. Let in dry for 5 minutes & it is done.

Car Scratch Repair – Pros and Cons of Touch-Up Paint

Clear Coat Scratch Repair

At some point in the ownership of a car, you are going to get a scratch in the paint. For the most part this isn’t a big deal, but for some motorists a glaring scratch in a paint job will drive them crazy. While most minor scratches can be overlooked, there are some that have to be taken care of. Touch up paint is the choice for many. Typically low in cost, they allow the owner to touch up areas of paint that have been scratched or damaged.

Touch-up paint works by targeting the clear coat on an automobile. A cars paint job consists of the bare metal, to which color is applied. On top of that is the clear coat, which is where the majority of the nicks and scratches occur. The touch-up paint is usually a clear coat that simply fills in the nick or scratch on contact, usually drying and hardening in the sun. This simulates the original finish in every way, and is often unnoticeable. Other touch-up paints are of the two-step variety. The first step is a pigment that is spot matched to the color of the car. The second step is the resin or protective finish that blends in with the cars original finish, creating a seamless coat. The first type is most often used for superficial nicks and blemishes, while the second type is more likely to be used on deeper scratches, which reveal the metal or powder coating beneath the resin or gloss finish.

The most obvious benefit of handling the touch up on your own is the cost. Most solutions are fairly inexpensive, especially when considering the cost of having your car repainted or repaired by a professional. In most circumstances the end result is of a good enough quality one would be hard pressed to tell even where the scratch was. For most people the process is not terribly difficult, and the results are fantastic.

For some scratches and dings; however, touch-up paint will not do the trick. Often if the scratch is deep or on a curved area of the car, the touch-up paint will be noticeable. Also, some vehicles current paint job make adding a fresh coat of resin very obvious. One other issue with touch up paints is they are often ineffective at masking blemishes on cars with exotic or expensive paint jobs.

Ultimately it depends on the type of paint job your car has and your ability to perform the work yourself. For some, it’s an easy way to save a couple of hundred dollars, for others it simply will not work for their application.

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About Car Scratch Repair

Scratch Repair

How painful it is when your car gets any scratch. You can’t afford it as you have paid a lot of money on it. Scratches make your car look old. It spoils the whole beauty of your car. If your car has scratches, it makes look an ordinary one. Whatever amount you have spent on the purchase of your car, be it a small budget car or an expensive one, scratches make your car look a used car.

How much careful you are while driving but roads are full of people who drive carelessly. You cannot avoid small and frequent scratches on your car. You have to come to a permanent solution for it and what else would be better than repair it at home only.

You can repair it without going to expensive workshops. You can repair it using some materials and tools at your own.  Why we should go to workshops if it is fixable. Minor paint scratches can easily be fixed. It requires few careful steps by the car owner.

To repair the scratch in better way, you should inspect the car first and confirm where the scratches are exactly. Now, wash the minor dent or scratches with a good soap and water. Using sandpaper, you can smoothen the area of scratches. You should sand the surface carefully so that unaffected area can’t be affected. Sand the surface evenly. You can use 320-grit sandpaper for mild scratches and 800-grit sandpaper for deeper scratches. Using both dry and wet sandpaper can give car more smooth surface. Again wash the area with the soap and water so that dust can be removed.

Now, it time to apply compounds to fill the small dents. Use primer for preparing it for further process.

You need to apply few coats of colour over the surface where primer has been applied. Finally, a touch up coat to satisfy your desire to make your car as the previous looking car is required by your side.

You can collect repairing materials and equipments in advance so that you can repair the scratches on your car as soon as possible. You should keep it in your garage all the time because your car can require repair frequently. You can go to the nearest retail shop where car’s repairing materials are sold such as sandpapers, colours, primer, compounds etc.

One more thing to tell here regarding your car repair, that don’t forget to put gloves on while repairing and consult a car repairing workshop when the scratch is not limited only to a small scratch but a deep and bad dent.

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