The Best Way To Remove Scratches And Chips From Your Beloved Car

    Posted by Ben Davidson about 4 months ago
    Although it may be a little odd to some people, your car is your pride and joy. You lovingly wash it every week, douse it with shampoo and wax, polish it up to look brand new and even give the interior a hoover and a deodorize. You take pride in your vehicle and want it to look at its best at all times. However, there are occasions when chips and scratches appear on your paintwork through no fault of your own. You may have been following a salt spreader during winter, parked a little close to another vehicle in a car park or you’ve simply noticed the odd scuff appearing here and there. Don’t worry, there are ways to get rid of these unsightly marks and have your car looking like new once again.

    You could choose to do the work yourself, or you could take it to your local auto repair center to sort your paintwork. Either way, the process is pretty much the same. Obviously, you’ll save money doing it yourself, but you may not have the top quality result that the experts can guarantee.


    It Looks Worse Before It Gets Better

    The scary thing about fixing scuffs and scratches is that they always look ten times worse before you can make them look better. Before you get to work on the scratch itself, you have to use an orbital sander to sand the majority of a panel back to its undercoat or sometimes even the bare metal. This can be terrifying when doing it yourself. 

    Prep The Area

    Once you’ve sanded back the piece of the paintwork you are working on you need to apply a primer with a spray gun. This may require one or two coats. You should practice first as there is a definite art to applying the primer evenly. You should also mask off the areas you don’t want the primer to get to, otherwise you could end up with primer on top of the metallic paint, and this is not a good look.  Once the primer is applied a quick blast with an air blower will ensure there are no dust particles on the surface of your chassis.


    Paint

    Unless you are adept at mixing the perfect hue to match your paintwork, you’ll need a specialist to help you create a color match. If the color is slightly off, a respray becomes noticeable, and the finish is not of the highest quality. You must make sure you tape off the area you are going to be spraying so not to damage existing paintwork. The chances are you will need between four and eight coats of paint, depending on the repair being carried out and the panel you are applying the paint to. It’s important to allow the paint to dry between coats, so you don’t end up with a patchy result.

    The hard work is now done. All you need to do is give your car a quick coat of lacquer and a polish. There are plenty of Youtube videos to help you out if you’re tempted to give it a go. Just make sure you are fully prepared with all of the equipment you need before you begin. You may be able to single-handedly make your beloved vehicle scuff and scratch free once again.

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