Whether you own a new or old vehicle, scratches, peeling, chips, and other imperfections in your car are inevitable. These flaws can be caused by different factors such as accidents, poor driving or parking, and other mishaps. Repairing these scratches can be costly and it can be frustrating to deal with.
However, there are many ways to fix and repair minor scratches that you can do yourself.
1. Assess the damage
Clean the surface with KevianClean Car Wash Shampoo and dry it thoroughly to see the extent of the damage. Examine the area carefully and determine if it is actually a scratch. Sometimes scratches are actually a line of material as a result from bumps which are easier to remove.
Evaluate how deep the scratch is so you know how to approach it. If only the clear coat or color of your paint is affected, then it is quicker to deal with. However, if you can see a different color protruding from the scratch, it may be deep and may be more difficult to repair.
2. Sand the area
Use a sandpaper and sand the clear coat lightly. Follow the direction of the scratch and do not go the other way because it will just create more ridges. Rinse the sanded area with water to monitor your progress. Make sure that the surface is clean and free from debris or dirt because this will only add to the scratches in your vehicle.
3. Rinse the area
Make sure the surface is clean. Use the KevianClean Microfiber Detailing Towel to wipe it dry. Old rags and cloth can also worsen the scratches.
4. Apply a rubbing compound
Use a buffer pad to spread the compound to the sanded area. The rubbing compound acts as an abrasive which ticks a bit off the paint’s surface but at the same time it evens out the surface. This prepares the area for waxing as it eliminates scratches from the sandpaper.
5. Polish the area
Turn on the buffer using the lowest level and polish the area quickly for about 10 seconds to avoid drying it out before it is smoothed. Then increase the speed to 2000 PM and buff for a minute. Move the buffer sideways and slowly.
Continue this process until the dullness of the scratch has faded. Avoid buffing the same area for more than a second as it will end up scratching the layer of the surface.
6. Wash the surface
Clean the area using a water and towel to remove the residue. Wipe off the rubbing compound immediately after buffing.
7. Apply wax
Wax the area to seal the paint. Use KevianClean Quick Wax to repel water, dust, and grime so you’ll spend less time washing.
8. Clean and wash again
Finish the process by washing the surface area to make sure all scratches are gone.