Car enthusiasts take care of the external condition of their car. But there are situations when you have to observe hateful scratches on the body of your favorite. You can, of course, give the car into the hands of specialists, but it is not cheap. But you can paint over a scratch, if you have some skills on your own, it will take very little time.
First, you should carefully examine the scratch. First, you should remove the remaining paint, if any - rust and dirt. This is done first with a damp cloth and then with sandpaper. It is worth grasping the minimum area around the scratch when using sandpaper, so as not to increase the size of the damage. Then you need to putty the surface. It is advisable to purchase a two-component mixture. Next, you need to level the surface with a rubber trowel. It is important to apply the mixture in a thin layer. After that, you need to wait until the putty is thoroughly dry and sand the surface. Coarse sandpaper is perfect for this process. Hand movements should be extremely careful so as not to damage the surface nearby. After checking for smoothness, it is permissible to clean it with finer sandpaper and you can start painting.
Before painting the surface of the car in the place of filling, it is necessary to select the exact tone of the paint, in accordance with the color of the car body. The ink shade number is written in the brochure supplied with the machine. You can also find out the shade number by the number on the plate, which is located under the hood near the VIN code. There are also extreme cases when the car owner has a far from new car. The tone of the paint is determined by removing the gas tank cap and choosing the color in the store with your own hands. The final stage of painting is covering the surface with a specialized automotive varnish, as well as polishing the top with an abrasive-based compound.
Using a non-abrasive scratch polish will work for shallow scratches. You can visually identify a defect that did not damage the lower layers of paint - the scratch will be white. It is worth wiping this place with a damp cloth. As long as the surface is wet, the scratch will not be visible. Once it dries, the damage will reappear. The method using polish will help to defeat a shallow scratch. The agent should be applied to a clean cloth, then to the damaged area, while not processing or rubbing anything. After the composition dries a little, the place of the scratch must be rubbed. It is enough to do 15-20 circles at one point.
You can buy the Anti-Risk tool at any car dealership. It is suitable for those cases where the scratch is barely noticeable and does not even feel tactile. "Anti-risk" also removes stains from the surface of the car. Apply according to package directions.
A specialized wax-based pencil is designed to "save" the car body from deeper scratches. To use a pencil and get a 100% result, you should clean the damaged area well and degrease it. After that, you can cover the scratch with a pencil, and as soon as the product is well absorbed and dry, you need to polish this area of the body with any non-abrasive option. The tones of the markers are universal. They are produced for light or dark car bodies. A scratch can be removed in this way for a short time. After a short period of time (3-4 washes), the manipulation should be repeated.
Many manufacturers are not limited to the release of just a correction pencil. In the latest versions, special sprays, applicators, local polishing agents and even microfiber cloths are added to the marker. The basic tool that is in the marker is selected more scrupulously in tone.
A bottle of paint reminiscent of women's nail polish (with a brush) is used for fairly deep scratches. Suitable even in cases where the enamel is brushed to a great depth, reaching the metal. This varnish contains fiberglass components. They perfectly serve as a primer. In addition, this method is quite easy to use. But the varnish also has disadvantages: a thin brush, it is advisable to use the product to the maximum after opening the bottle. The paint dries pretty quickly. In order to successfully apply the varnish, the surface of the body in the damaged area should be thoroughly cleaned and degreased, as well as dried. Next, you need to shake the bottle vigorously and you can paint. It is desirable that the car paint code exactly matches the product in the bottle.
Fight against very deep scratches. There are situations when such defects should be immediately eliminated in a car service. If you do something wrong while removing the scratch yourself, you can allow the start of the corrosion process. If the driver is an expert in body putty and polishing, you can try to fix the problem yourself. You will need: a base to fill the scratch space, sandpaper of various grades, paint, auto enamel, a sanding block, a spatula, primer, putty. It is worth choosing the tone very carefully so that in the end there are no differences in body color or, even worse, unnatural lightened or darkened spots. It is worth choosing proven and proven tools and applying an integrated approach.
First, it is worth sanding the surface up to the area where the metal opens. The surface should become smooth, you need to remove the groove left by the scratch. To do this, use a sanding block and coarse sandpaper. Sand the paint around the damaged area with a more gentle type of sandpaper. Then you need to degrease and apply a putty. It is advisable to take the one that is acrylic-based. Further, the surface should be treated with sandpaper for priming and primed. Allow to dry, rub until shiny. In the end, this place needs to be painted (preferably from a spray can) and applied with car varnish.