The following is a how-to guide for one of the most common issues car owners have to deal with. It doesn’t matter what car size you own or what model you own; your car is always prone to those irritating scratches. Now obviously, no one likes to see those scratches on their beautiful cars right? And, nobody really wants to go and spend big bucks to get those little scratches removed either.
If you’re also one of them, this guide is just the perfect thing for you. Go through the steps and your vehicle’s door, fender or wherever the scratch is will be as good as new in no time.
Note: There are a couple of different types of scratches. However, the process explained in this how-to guide is for the most common type, the Clear Coat Scratch. There are many ways a car can get these sort of scratches. Maybe someone just walked by your car and their zipper or keys scratch the door. Or maybe some kid scratches it with his bike or even your pet dog can scratch the car’s paint.
Things you will need:
1- Spray bottle of soapy water
2- Microfiber towel
4- Grit Sandpaper (3000 and 5000)
Know What You’re Doing!
This whole process of scratch removal sounds intimidating. So, let me just explain what we’re actually going to be doing and that it’s pretty safe to do so don’t worry.
There are basically three layers of paint on your car. The first one is the ‘Primer’ that goes directly on the metal body of your car. The second layer is the actual colour of paint, and is called ‘Base coat’. The third layer is the ‘Clearcoat’ that basically protects the paint on your car and gives it a glossy look. There is another layer that is called ‘Wax’ but it isn’t really a paint layer so let’s not get into the detail of that.
What we’re interested in is the ‘Clearcoat’ layer. The reason behind a scratch being visible is that when light hits the scratch, it stands out. The light will be reflected normally if there was no scratch. So, what we’re really going to do is just smooth that scratched area so that when the light hits it, it reflects normally.
Now that you have the required things and knowledge for this process, let’s start;
Step 1: Clean the Scratch
- First off, clean the scratch by spraying soapy water all over it and then wiping it off using a microfiber towel.
- What this does is that it cleans all the dirt and debris from the scratched area so that when we use a grit paper, we don’t rub the dirt in the scratched area.
- Doing this can also help you identify if the scratch really is a ‘clear coat scratch’. You’ll notice the scratch disappearing when you clean it and appearing again after a couple seconds.
- Remember to rip off the tag off your towel because it can also create scratches while your wipe off the soapy water.
Step 2: Tape the Scratched area
- Now, you’re going to cut two pieces of tape and place them at around 3cm distance on both sides from the scratch. Top and bottom.
- When you’re going to clean and use a grit paper on the scratch, it will start to disappear.
- So, placing these pieces of tape will help you know where the scratch area was.
Step 3: Sand the Scratch
- If the scratch is deep and catches your fingernail, then you should use 3000 grit. Otherwise use a 5000 grit sandpaper directly.
- Spray soapy water on the scratch and on the sandpaper as well.
- Use sandpaper and sand the scratch in a perpendicular direction to it.
- Apply medium pressure and sand for about 15 to 20 seconds.
- Wipe off the water and check if the scratch is still visible. If yes, repeat.
- If no, then you can move on to 5000 grit sandpaper.
- Move those pieces of tape farther from the area so that you can use sandpaper on the whole area of the scratch.
- Again, put lots of soapy water on the scratch area and sandpaper.
- Use 5000 grit paper in a circular motion and don’t apply too much pressure.
Step 4: Polish the Scratch
- Now that the scratch isn’t visible at all, you can polish the area.
- Clean the surface again using soapy water.
- Use dry microfiber towel and put polish on it.
- Apply that polish by putting medium to high pressure using the towel.
- Buff the area using the clean part of the towel.
Step 5: Wax the Scratch
- Use paste wax and again, apply that in a circular motion on the scratched area.
- Give it a minute to haze up and wax off.