How To Remove Scratches From Car Paint
It’s very disappointing to get a scratch on a car, and a professional repair job can cost hundreds of dollars. So if your car receives some damage like the towers in Clash Royale, you can take the initiative to get the scratch out yourself if you don’t mind doing a little manual work on your car. This can be a great way to save a bit of money and get that satisfied feeling of accomplishment at the same time.
For most basic jobs, you will want to use an 80-grit rubbing-down paper. This is not as coarse as the 40-grit, which is good for removing multiple layers of paint quickly. The 80-grit is good for detail work and getting it down to a smooth finish. If the scratch occurred near a badge on the car, it is best to remove that badge before sanding so as not to damage it.
The key with sanding on a car is to go progressively finer. After the 80-grit paper, you should use 180, and ultimately, you should end up using a 400-grit paper. This is a painstaking process, but it will give your car the best possible care. You would not want to deal with any jagged edges after you are finished, so it’s very important to use that extra-fine paper.
You can use a sanding block, which can just be a block of wood and is probably ideal if you just see this as being a one-time job. If you anticipate doing this sort of thing frequently, then you will probably want to invest in a sander. Follow the contours of the car, and don’t sand down more than is necessary. It is entirely possible to get carried away and make more of a mess than was originally there. You should not use a sanding machine on a car if you have not used one before. It is important to get comfortable with this sensitive piece of machinery first.
Once the area is sanded to your satisfaction, then it is time to begin building the car’s coat of paint back up again. You will need to apply an undercoat first, and then you will move on to primer and finally to the actual base coat. You may have to do a little research to determine exactly what paint to use so that it will match the color of your vehicle. This coat should be applied in a feathered fashion so that it blends in as seamlessly as possible with the paint on the rest of the vehicle.
For the simplest of scratches, simply buffing with some turtle wax may be enough to restore your car to its previous state. Meanwhile, deep gouges may be beyond your ability as an amateur to deal with. You should carefully consider the situation before deciding how to deal with your damaged car. If the scratch is not too severe, however, removing the scratches yourself can be a great way to get your hands dirty and really accomplish something with your day.