April 23, 2013 in General Motor Trade News & Info
Few things can be more painful to a new car owner than to wake up one morning and find a glaring line on the body of their precious investment. Disconcerting as this discovery may be, they might well get used to it for there will be many more scratches and chips as the years go by. You will not be there to stop every idle child from doodling on your car doors and you will surely bump into a variety of objects as you learn how to park. With this in mind, it would be profitable for you as a car owner to learn how to get rid of scratches. Especially given the fact that it can save you the hundreds of pounds you would have spent on re-spraying your car.
The first step you must take is to analyse the gash. For all you know, what you’re looking at may not really be a scratch but the paint of another object that rubbed off on your car. On the other hand, the scratch could have pierced through the paint and primer and even caused a dent, rendering it irredeemable. If you’re sure that the scratch has not penetrated beyond the paint, there are a number of measures you can take to restore your car to its former glory.
Scraping at the surface where the discoloration appears with your fingernail will help between an actual scratch and colour left by another object. If it is colour deposited after a rubber or plastic object rubbed against the car, this can be dealt with using adhesive remover or acetone or lacquer thinner. Rub the surface with a soft rug soaked with either or the three compounds and it stain should come off.
If on closer inspection you find that the disfigurement goes into the paintwork to the level of the clearcoat, you can deal with it using sandpaper. The aim of the sanding is to make the paint surrounding the scratch down to the level of the scratch. To make sure you don’t rub the paint away too deeply and have to re-spray the body, you need to use the right grade of sandpaper. Ultra-fine 2000 to 3000-grit sandpaper is what is required. Dip the sandpaper in cold water and rub it using light strokes. Some detergent in the water is a good idea. Dry the surface once the scratch is gone and buff the area using circular strokes.