How to remove car scratches at home?
your car will bear the unavoidable marks. Scratches spoil the appearance of your car. They also reduce the resale value of your vehicle if not properly removed. Scratches are not the sort of thing you can afford to ignore for too long.
Many of us have had to remove car scratch marks at some point. You may go to great lengths to avoid scratches but sooner or later, your car will bear the unavoidable marks. Scratches spoil the appearance of your car. They also reduce the resale value of your vehicle if not properly removed. Scratches are not the sort of thing you can afford to ignore for too long. It is best to deal with them as early as possible. Fortunately, you need not take your car to a body shop for scratch removal. Use the following household items readily available in most homes to do the job. It’ll save you some bucks and improve the appearance of your car with just a bit of effort.
Step 1 – Wash your car
Wash the car body with soapy water. Rinse and dry with a soft cloth. It is best to repair the scratch after the panel has been well cleaned. This will ensure a better outcome.
Step 2 – Sand the scratch lightly
Wrap 2000-grit wet/dry sandpaper around a sanding pad and begin sanding. The goal is to sand just through the clear coat and no further. Always sand in the direction of the scratch. You do not want to create opposing scratches, which will only create more ridges and valleys in the paint that need to be repaired. Periodically rinse the area with water. This will allow you to better see if you have gotten to the bottom of the scratch. If the scratch is slightly deeper than the clear coat, use 1500-grit sandpaper initially to level the surface and then 2000-grit sandpaper to remove the scratches made by the coarser sandpaper. Avoid getting dirt or debris between the sandpaper and the vehicle. This will cause scratching.
Use good quality and clean microfiber cloths to wipe dry the surface. Remember that using old rags could simply cause more scratches on the surface of your car!
Step 3 – Polish the area with the rubbing compound.
Rubbing compound is an abrasive that takes off a bit more of the paint surface but it also smoothes out the paint surface, getting it ready to be waxed. Basically the rubbing compound is used to take out the scratches from the sandpaper. Turn the buffer on its lowest level and move it around for approximately 10 seconds. You need to polish the rubbing compound relatively quickly, so that it does not dry before being smoothed out. Increase the speed to 2000 RPM and buff for one minute. You should be moving the buffer from side to side and then moving downward slowly. Continue until the dullness has faded but make sure not to go through the paint layer. This might take up to five minutes depending on the scratch and your speed and pressure. Do not buff in the same spot for more than a second. You will scratch into the next layer if you buff in the same spot too long.
Step 4 – Wax the area to seal the paint you have repaired.
Apply a good quality carnauba wax to the surface and then buff the surface with a random orbital buffer. If you wax your car regularly, use your usual method. If you have never done it before, consult How to Wax You Car for suggestions on how to do it. Make sure all of the scratches are gone and that the repaired area is super shiny and repels water easily.