How To Cover Scratches On Car
Tired of the scratches on your car and want to know how to cover scratches on a car? Scratches are really nothing that can be prevented no matter how hard you try. Whether you get scratches from tree branches, shopping carts or another car door, it is going to happen sooner or later. If you are really keen on protecting and taking care of your car, scratches can spoil the entire look for you. Painting over the scratches is an easy solution.
To cover scratches on a car, you need:
- Paint (that matches your car color)
- Fine-grained sandpaper
- Mild laundry detergent
- Soft brush
- Masking tape
- Body compound (optional)
- Wash the area with the scratches. This will remove any dirt, debris or extra wax or coating that could affect the outcome of the paint you apply. You can just use mild laundry detergent because you don't want anything to strong, just good enough to do basic cleaning.
- Sand the scratches. Use fine-grained sandpaper and carefully sand along the scratched area. Only sand down enough to level and even off the scratches; be careful not to sand through to the next level of paint. When done sanding, blow away any leftover dust with a soft brush.
- Isolate the scratched area. Use masking tape to isolate the area, leaving about an inch of room to work with to paint the area.
- Apply body compound for deep scratches before painting. A plastic putty knife can be used to apply the compound to the scratches if they are deep into the car metal. Allow time for the compound to harden and then sand it flat and even.
- Paint over the scratched area. Blow the dust away from sanding and spray a little paint primer over the area. Let the primer dry completely before applying the paint. Apply the paint to the area and allow to dry overnight. If the scratches are minor, skip step four.