The scratches on the car are incredibly unsightly, especially if the paint is new and the scratches were caused by others. Here’s how to treat them.
Have the necessary equipment for the work:
- A box of colorless varnish.
- A clean rag.
- Wipes soaked in alcohol.
- A scratch repair kit.
- Microfiber cloths.
- Wax and polishing sponges.
- Masking tape.
- Wash the car thoroughly.
The more you clean the paint, the better the results
If the scratch passes through the transparent layer, in the lacquer, you will feel a sharp edge on each side of the scratch. You must first level this. Apply by rubbing on a clean cloth and rub in a small circular motion. Be careful not to press too hard, otherwise the scratches will only get worse and you will damage the paint.
When the scratch is smoother, you must remove the mess that remains on the surface. The whole area around it will look paler, but this will be corrected later.
Clean the area again and make sure to remove any traces of friction in and around the scratch. You don’t want burrs to stick to the scratch; this will have a negative impact on the final result.
Apply masking tape on each side of the stripe and follow the repeat line to the letter. The narrower the band it is, the better the final result. If you have several scratches in the same area, you can only repair one at a time. It takes a week for the color to be fully interpreted and in the meantime, you can’t put masking tape on this area without destroying all your work.
Take an alcohol-soaked wipe or an antiseptic wipe and clean the rope again.
Apply 3 or 4 coats of automotive paint in equal layers on the scratches. The thinner each layer is, the smoother the result.
Allow to dry for at least 10 minutes.
When it dries, apply 3 or 4 transparent coats, again in thin and uniform layers. Take your time and remember that since it is a colorless varnish, you will not be able to see the result.
Carefully remove the masking tape before the varnish dries. If you let it dry first, it can easily happen that the paint comes off with the tape.
You must let the paint and varnish dry for at least a week before doing anything, otherwise the color will disappear and you will repeat the various operations.
After one week, you can use the scratch repair kit by carefully following the instructions.
Then you can polish and apply wax to the scratches and the area around them. Rub in small circles and you should end up with a mark that is barely visible from a distance.