How to cover scratches on your car

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How to cover scratches on your car
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Small scratches on cars are a common occurrence. It is possible to repair the scratch yourself and avoid the expense of taking your car to the bodyworks garage. Repairing a scratch may be as easy as applying a rubbing compound to it. Other scratches may require a touch-up paint job. In either case, the process is relatively simple and straightforward. Once you have learnt the process, annoying scratches can easily be taken care of.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Rags
  • Spray touch-up paint
  • Paper
  • Masking tape
  • Polish
  • Rubbing compound

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    Determine the severity of the scratch. A minor scratch caused by a key is a quick fix. Apply some rubbing compound to a rag and slowly buff it over the scratch until it blends in with the surrounding area. Apply a glaze or polish over the area to get rid of the haze from the compound. If the scratch is more severe, proceed to the following steps.

  2. 2

    Wash the area around the scratch. It is necessary to remove the wax and coating that will interfere with the new paint. Use a mild detergent and sponge. Once the area has been washed, sand the area with fine-grain sandpaper. This will make the paint adhere better. Brush away the dust.

  3. 3

    Write down the vehicle identification number. The identification number is located on a small metal plate on the driver's side of the dashboard. It contains all of the information about your car, including the particular paint used.

  4. 4

    Purchase the appropriate paint. Take the identification number to a local auto supply shop. They will provide the correct paint for your car based on the identification number.

  5. 5

    Cover the area around the scratch with paper. Use masking tape to hold the paper in place. Cut a hole in the centre of the paper that allows access to the scratch.

  6. 6

    Spray the area with touch-up paint. Allow it to dry overnight. Remove the paper and you are good to go.

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