How to Remove Scratches from Car Paint

January 14th, 2019 by

mechanic with customerNo matter how carefully we drive and how dedicated we commit to car care, scratches and dents happen to the best of us. But if you’re dealing with minor repairs, is it possible to learn how to remove scratches from car paint and dents from a bumper at home? The answer is yes! With the right techniques and the proper tools, you can give your car a DIY makeover and erase those pesky imperfections once and for all. Let’s dive into the basics of scratch repair and paintless car dent removal.

Scratch Removal

2019 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback RS front endBuffing out small scratches is relatively easy if you work with care. If you can run your finger over the scratch without catching your nails, then it’s probably small enough to cover at home. First, pick up some 2000-grit wet sandpaper and soak it in water. It’s important to keep the sandpaper wet throughout the process, so grab a spray bottle to be safe. Sand the scratch very carefully, making sure to avoid the surrounding areas as much as possible. When the scratch is nearly gone, buff a little rubbing compound into the scratch and watch it disappear completely. Need to know how remove deep scratches from car paint? Contact us for expert advice.

Paintless Car Dent Removal

Paintless car dent removal is a popular at-home remedy for dings and dents. You can choose between several different tools to get the job done, depending on where the problem area is located:

  • Plunger: A household or car dent plunger is a great choice to pop a dent back into place, provided there is no hole or creases in the affected area.
  • Metal Work Hammer: If you are dealing with the hood of a car or another area where you can get to the back of the dent, a metal work hammer is a great choice. Just gently tap the metal back into shape until the surface is flat.
  • Dent Puller: While you must drill a hole into the dent to use a dent puller, this can be a valuable tool where others fail. Simply dip the wire into the created hole and pull the metal into place.

Find Out More!

Now you know how to remove scratches from car paint, but for more serious repairs, our service department is always ready to lend a helping hand. We’re just a short drive from Covington and Independence, so stop by any time. Want to learn more DIY repairs? Find out how to wash your car, how to remove stickers from your car, how to clean your floor mats, or how to change spark plugs!

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