Repairing Paint Chips & Scratches

No doubt at some time in your driving life you have picked-up a scatch or two on your motor car. What are we talking about? Rock chips, door dings, bumper scrapes, etc. It can happen as simply as passing a truck on a freeway. Or by simply parking at a local shopping center where another person puts a ding in your car door with a shopping trolley. Most are unavoidable. Nevertheless, they can happen even if you park your car far away from stores and regardless how good a measure you take to protect your car.

Not only do they detract from your cars beauty, but they can also make your car susceptible to rust and the environment. Here's how to fix these paint chips, nicks and deep scratches and protect your car from rust. It's not worth going to a auto paint and body store for small chips and scratches. They will charge you at the very minium ten times more for repairs you can easily do yourself.

Rub in a slow circular motion

The first step in the process is to locate the chips and scratches and see how deep they are. If they do not go all the way through the paint you can buff them out. Using a clean, lint-free terry towel as a polish cloth apply a small amount of scratch remover or cleaner wax. Rub in a slow circular motion over the chip or scratch and then buff it over when dry.

If this removes the chip or scratch after a couple of applications, you're in front, and simply go ahead and follow-up with a good wax or polish. If you see white primer or metal in the nick or scratch, in most cases a scratch remover or cleaner wax will not work that well.

Finding your car paint code

For a car with enamel paint or scratches and chips where the above treatment did not work, then you have to touch up the blemish in your paint. First, it is important to get the precise paint code so that you can correctly match the paint on your car. In most cases you can locate the paint code on your inside door jam or on some vehicles say like Hondas for example; you will find it inside the glove box.

Take this paint code to your dealer and get a small bottle of touch up paint. The touch up paint will come in a small bottle with a brush applicator. Instead of using the brush (as it will apply too broadly and make your touch up of the chip or scratch really stand out) use a small toothpick for better paint placement.

Removing the chip or scratch

After reading the directions on the touch up paint bottle mix it thoroughly for about 5 minutes. Modern metallic paints may require a bit more time and agitation. Then using the toothpick carefully place the paint directly in the chip or scratch. When your done allow it to dry for several days before waxing or polishing. Many cars today have what's called clear cote which you would need to apply in the same manner to the affected area. By touching up the paint you have sealed the area from the environment. This greatly reduces any chance of rust setting in and affecting your cars sheet metal. Rust is like cancer for your car and very difficult to stop once it gets a hold on. You need to be proactive so that it prevents it. So, simply follow these steps and you will be able to quickly identify and repair paint chips, nicks and scratches in your car paintwork. You can find other helpful advice and information regarding how to repair rim and wheel dents.