How to Fix a Scratch In Your Car

It doesn't matter if it was caused by a runaway shopping cart a vengeful ex-girlfriend, but getting scratches out of your car can be a nightmare, and so can repairing it. Depending on the size and depth of the scratch, you may choose to repair the scratch yourself from the comfort of your own home, or take into an auto body shop to have it fixed by a trained professional.


Car scratch repair doesn't have to be difficult. If you decide to fix the scratch at home, you need to take into consideration a number of factors: Is it a scratch or simply a mark on top of the paint? How deep is the scratch? Is it too large to buff out by hand? While you might think that you can simply buff out the scratch on your own, you should determine whether or not the effort is worth it, as well as make sure you know exactly what you’re doing. Being ignorant of the proper way to remove a scratch in a car is a great way to make the problem even worse, which can cost you more money in the long run.

If you remove a scratch at home, you will need something like shoe polish to make the scratch stand out. Apply a material that is in contrast with the color of the car - white out for a dark car, shoe polish for a light car, etc. Once it’s been applied, lightly sand the scratch away, making sure you don’t go down to the next layer of paint. After this, buff the area with a washcloth or electric buffer and a compound, followed by a coat of wax. Before doing any of this, however, you should make sure you have all the right materials and, if possible, speak to someone who has done the same thing.

If you feel the scratch is too much of a task for you to fix by yourself, or if the scratch covers too large of an area or is too deep, then your first stop should be an auto body shop. Here a specialist will inspect the scratch and determine the level and detail of service necessary to fix it. After this is done, they will give you a price; the more work necessary the greater the price will be.

Fixing a scratch doesn’t have to be a headache, and with the right tools, a little patience, and someone skilled in auto paint repair, you can have your car back in mint condition in no time.

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Posted on June 1, 2012 at 9:00 AM