Car Scratch Repair Tips Does your car have scratches in the paint or paint blemishes you’d like to get rid of without going through the expense and hassle of dealing with a body paint shop?

Have the scratches become more and more annoying to you ever since you first noticed them? Car paint repair is not difficult and time consuming once you get sound information and commit yourself to following a few easy-to- understand directions.

Thousands of car owners have discovered this mega-money-saving truth, and today have professional looking paint jobs they’ve completed successfully themselves.


Minor paint scratches and imperfections can easily be repaired by car owners who are willing to take the time to do the job right and carefully progress through the required steps for professional car paint repair.


The first thing to understand is that touch up paint provided by auto dealers is not the best solution to your problem if the scratch you are trying to repair is noticeable from a distance.


If you go to an auto dealer complaining about minor scratches and dings that you can see at a distance of six feet or more away from your car, they will want to sell you touch up paint immediately, promising it’s all you need to repair the scratch. Don’t fall for this sales pitch, because touch up paint never blends well with your car’s paint and will only create another eyesore.


In effect, you will only be replacing a scratch on the car’s paint surface with an uneven blob or gob of paint that will be just as annoying as the scratch was. Touch up paint is only useful for very small nicks and scratches and nothing more.


To fix scratches and nicks in your car’s paint, you first must carefully sand the scratch down, using 240-grit sandpaper, initially, then going to 320-grit sandpaper, working slowly to assure you are producing an even and smooth surface where the scratch used to be. Deeper scratches should be sanded with 800-grit wet and dry sandpaper.


When you are satisfied the surface is sufficiently flattened and smoothed, clean the area to be painted thoroughly, removing all dust, debris, sand, etc., and then evenly apply the primer. Finally, you will next apply three coats of color over the primed area, and finish up the paint repair job by applying a coat of clear coat.


Be certain to allow enough time for each coat to dry thoroughly, fifteen minutes or so, before applying the next coat. And don’t attempt your car paint repair project if the temperature is below 55 degrees, or you will get inferior results.


One final note:

Really deep scratches require a complete re-paint job of the entire car to achieve professional looking results, so you may want to consult a few paint shops to get their counsel on the severity of your car’s

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