9 Steps to Remove Scratches from Your Car

We understand our car is a valuable investment, not to mention if it’s high-end series from notable brands. Shall we let the scratches on our Porsche as it is? You may not be able to avoid the accident, but you always have chance to bring back the beauty of your car. Don’t be hysteric too early and report it to police since you’ve got scratches on your luxurious car. Let’s learn how to remove scratches from car right away. This do-it-yourself thing won’t spend a lot of time and money. Follow the steps carefully and get it clean as it was before.

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Car scratch by Skinny Pete Deux

Steps on how to remove scratches from car:

  1. Identify the scratch. This is the most important step before anything else. Sometimes you were too shocked to find there are abstract lines on your car and call it scratch right away. You know, whether it’s scratch or not, any of them needs different treatment. There is a lot of possibility your car hit the bumper of other’s car or the lines were formed by dirt and fine material. Remember when you got the scratch. Did it get bumped by one’s bumper or it got scratched by shopping trolley? Or did your kids scratch it by hard material? Knowing how you’ve got the scratch makes it is easier to define whether it’s actual scratch or not.
  2. To deal with sticky material, you just need to wash and scrub it with soapy rag. To clean the rubber mark, you can use adhesive remover only. When it’s harder to get the scratch lost, use thinner instead. So, define scratch at the beginning.
  3.  Identify the depth of the scratch. Car has four layers of paint and every depth requires different treatment. The most surface layer is clear coat, and followed by color, primer and steel. Know that one area of scratch can have different damage. The center of area may get damaged into its primer, while the surrounding only got it into the clear coat. Treat them differently according to the damage.
  4. Once you have identified the depth, let’s wash the car thoroughly with rag, so we can get a clear object without disturbing dirt. Dirt also makes the scrubbing process worse, so removing it beforehand is important. Don’t forget to dry it then, since we’re working on dry surface. At this stage, you may find some alleged scratches have been vanished.
  5. Now, let’s proceed to the treatment. You have identified and classified the damaged layers, don’t you? Scratches on clear coat and color can be removed by the use of sand paper at first. Scrub the sand paper onto damaged area horizontally. Don’t do it too rough. Scrub it slowly and on damaged area only. It’s better to move it in similar direction to ease your work later. But if you find some areas are too difficult to handle in similar direction, the opposite way can do. It’s important to know the number of grit before you use sand paper. Outer layer needs only 1500 grit sand paper only, while deeper layer needs more than that up to 2000 grit. In case the scratches get into color and primer, we also need to use dual steps of sand paper with 1500 and 2000 grit. At first, use the 1500 grit, then followed by 2000 grit sand paper. Rinse the area with water each time you have scrubbed for quite a while and the dullness distract the scratch’s surface. Don’t let another undamaged area scrubbed, since the rough part is not good for smooth surface. Sand paper with 3000 grit is still acceptable to be used, but more than that will be too risky and too rough.
  6. Once you’ve got it finished, use buffer pad to polish the dull part. Switch the buffer pad into the lowest level of speed and scrub the dull area slowly and gently. Gradually, increase the speed up to 2000 RPM and polish it until smooth for 1 minute. Move the buffer pad in circular motion for the dullest part. Once it gets smoother, move it back and forth in even. The length of time actually depends on how smooth the surface has been. So, check it over and over again and keep polishing until you find it smooth enough. Now you’ve got it back to where it was before the accident. Powerful buffer will do the job faster, but remember that smaller area needs more efficient polishing which can be done by small power.
  7. Once you have finished polishing it, wash the scratched area once again to get the finish look. Now you can see clearly the area once damaged. Inspect it thoroughly to make sure everything has been done perfectly well.
  8. Once you are sure that everything has done well, don’t forget to apply car wax to protect the paint.
  9. It’s important to know how deep the scratch has gone through, remember? If it’s going deeper than the clear coat and color, then you need to consider re-spraying the area over again. Don’t forget to always wax the area once you attached the color to protect it. It’s better to spray the surrounding undamaged area as well, so the color of damaged area won’t stand out.

Remember to stock up sand paper, adhesive remover, thinner and buffer pad in your cleansing kit, since it’s going to be very useful. Scratching possibly happens anytime and anywhere, so first aid is always needed. When you can’t deal with the scratch anymore, go to the expert and ask for proper removal. Using sand paper is quite risky if you’re not an expert. Mistake in scrubbing using sand paper can widen the damaged area and you need to deal with larger part. Using sand paper and buffer pad carelessly is also risky to make color faded away. So, unless you are sure with how to use sand paper and the condition of the scratch, avoid using it and ask for expert’s advice. For your information, new generation’s car is clear coated quite thickly, so the scratches hardly go into the deepest layer. It’s good if your car is one of them.

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