How removing scratches from cars interior parts?
. Scratches on interior surfaces not only look ugly, they can depreciate your car’s value when it’s time to trade-in.
Deluxe and modern vehicles, like the new DS products, have many different buttons and elements that are based on the development of technologies in the automotive industry and at the time the number of these components is increasing. With the daily wear and tear of transporting kids, groceries and luggage, it’s easy for your car’s interior trim to pick up scratches and marks, or just start to look a little tired. Scratches on interior surfaces not only look ugly, they can depreciate your car’s value when it’s time to trade-in. No driver wants to see their car’s cabin pockmarked with scratches, but luckily there are things you can do to remove or reduce them. Unsightly scratches in the dashboard of a car will not have a detrimental effect on its performance, but it can lower the resale value of the vehicle. Therefore, repairing any bumps and scrapes in the dashboard’s vinyl or plastic shell can be a smart move if you want to maximize the resale potential of your car, or properly maintain a leased vehicle. You can use cleaning products that are specifically designed to get plastic and vinyl dashboards looking like new again. These tend to be good at dealing with minor scrapes, but for anything larger or deeper you should use another process.
First, clean everything inside the car’s cabin.
Use a vacuum cleaner to clean all parts of the car interior. Then, use soft pads to brush all the dashboard and steering wheel. Clean the dashboard, the console, and other areas to remove any grease and dirt. Cleaning with warm soapy water is usually enough, but make sure that you have dried the dashboard thoroughly before progressing.
Let’s use a heat gun!
Wearing protective heat resistant gloves, carefully apply a heat gun to the scratched area of the dashboard. Hold the heat gun at a distance, then slowly move it closer to the plastic until its effects become apparent. This will help to prevent the plastic from burning. Remember that you only want the plastic to become soft, not melted.
Still wearing your heat resistant gloves, use a grain pad to dab over the softened area of plastic. This will help to disguise the scratch and make it blend in with the rest of the dashboard’s texture. Move carefully, as the plastic will still be hot to the touch.
Cool down a little!
Once the scratch has been blended in, the dashboard will still look like it has been repaired. To overcome this, allow it to cool down completely. Now, use some superfine grit sandpaper wrapped around a small wooden block to smooth out any of the rougher edges left by the grain pad. Don’t rub down until it becomes completely smooth, but stop working when the repaired patch looks as much like the rest of the dashboard as possible. In some cases, the heating and sandpapering of plastic means that it changes color. To deal with any discoloration or fading, purchase a plastic dye and treat the car plastic with it. These are usually brushed on just like paint, and some manufacturers make plastic dyes which are specifically designed for car interiors.