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Removing paint scratches from your car
By David Maillie
It sucks.You park your car away from everyone else and take the extra time to always do this and then it happens – some errant shopping cart or something hits your car.Now there are some scratches on your beloved car.It could also be that your bank drive thru has very narrow lanes and it is next to impossible to not scrape the sides or barriers.In any case you now have some scrapes or scratches on your car.Can this be fixed cheaply by yourself or do you have to spend hundreds or even thousands at your local bodyshop?
Well, in most cases, as long as the scratch or scrape is contained and did not go through the paint or ding the metal, it can be fixed by your self.The first step is to get some detailing solution which can be purchased from almost any auto parts supply store.In place of this you can use acetone which can also be purchased as nail paint remover at Walmart for like a dollar or so.
If the acetone or detailing solution does not remove the scratches or scrape, then it is embedded in your paint.The first method to remove this is to use a little car rubbing compound and a buffing pad or preferably a buffer.If you use a buffer be sure not to go over 2500 to 3000 rpm’s as this can burn the paint and leave buffer burn everywhere (be especially careful on dark colored cars as they will show this the worst.Apply a little rubbing compound and use the buffer.After a few passes you should see the scratches and scrapes be pretty much gone.After buffing, as with the acetone and detailing solution, follow up with your wax or polish regimen to properly protect the paint.
Now, if the scrape or scratch is still left after this then the next step is to use wet sandpaper and see if this will get it out.This step is best left to the experts as you can easily go through the paint especially in creases and at ridges and make matters far worse.The purpose of wet sanding is to remove imperfections by using heavier grits to remove the main scratches and imperfections and then following this with lighter and lighter grits to remove the scratches the wet sanding causes.Obviously, after this you would reapply your wax or polish regimen to get the optimum protection for your car or truck.