Car Scratch Remover Tips You'll Love

Caring for your car is essential. However, scratches can occur no matter how careful you have been. You have to decide whether you have a surface scratch or one that has gone past the primer coat of the car. Here are the basic steps to repair the scratches once you have located how deep the damage is to the car's surface.

Surface Scratches

Step 1: Be sure to remove all dirt from the surface of the car. It is advisable to use tape to isolate the area. Use a microfiber cloth or terry cloth to apply a small amount of polish compound to the scratch. Most of the compounds have a pad in the jar.

Step 2: While applying the polish, cover only a small section at a time. Clean the area with a clean cloth. Check the area to see if the scratch is gone. If not, repeat the process. Use caution, as you don't want to sand through the clear coat of the paint. The key element is to do this slowly.

Primer or Base-Coat Scratches

Purchase some paint to match the car's surface. The same procedure is followed by using a layer of primer first. Continue the process until the paint has covered the bottom of the scratch. Never skip the primer coat, or you may have rust developed under the paint and need to redo the paint at a later time.

Step 1: Clean the area to remove any old wax or oil. Apply the primer or color to the scratched space. Try to cover only the damaged area of the panel. Some overlap will occur, so work slowly.

Step 2: Allow the paint to dry overnight. Work slowly with a rubber block or sponge on the back, use a dry or wet sandpaper until the paint surface is even. Go slowly to check the progress. You don't want to over sand the area.

Step 3: Use the compound to get gloss back on the damaged/patched area. If you have spots that are lower than the surface, you will need to add more paint and repeat the process. Don't wax the area for as long as 30 to 90 days.

If you accidentally sand through the clear coat of the car's paint, you can purchase a can of clear coat in the automotive section of the hardware store. Regular clear enamel paint will not work because it must be for an automobile. These steps should be all you need if you are a do-it-yourself individual. The key element is using caution and taking the time needed to do the project correctly on the first attempt.

For more information, or if you would like professional assistance, contact Rocky Mountain Collision of Sandy or a similar company.