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How to Repair Metallic Paint Work

Updated July 20, 2017

If you own a car, chances are you know the frustration of finding a scratch or ding in your vehicle's paint job. It does nothing to hamper the operation of the vehicle, but it's still unsightly, and it's a good bet that you want to fix it. Fortunately, it's something you can do yourself without paying a mechanic some outrageous fee for the work.

Match the colour of your car's paint job with an appropriate metallic paint colour. Depending on the colour, you may need to mix the paint yourself through the use of a paint mixing kit.

Clean off the area around the scratch with your sponge and soap and water.

Dab the paint onto the scratch in small dollops at 1-inch intervals.

Run your squeegee pad along the length of the scratch several times to force the paint into the scratch.

Apply a small amount of paint leveller to your clean cloth and gently wipe away the excess paint from around the scratch. Do not clean over the scratch area itself.

Wait a couple minutes for the paint to dry, then apply more paint leveller to the cloth and lightly wipe it across the surface of the scratch to remove any extra paint. Do this several times until you have cleaned off all excess paint and you are satisfied with the look.

Things You'll Need

  • Sponge
  • Soap and water
  • Small detail-work paintbrush
  • Paint or paint mixing kit
  • Squeegee pad
  • Paint leveller
  • Clean cloth or rag
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Joshua Benjamin began as a professional freelance writer in 2009. He has successfully published numerous articles spanning a broad range of topics. Benjamin's areas of expertise include auto repair, computer hardware and software, firearms operation and maintenance, and home repair and maintenance. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration from California State University, Fresno.