Your car says a lot about you. What does the interior look like? Is it dirty? Are there empty packs of soda on the foot mat? Are your chairs peeling off? Is the paint full of scratches? These are some details that people consider and consciously or unconsciously form impressions about you. And like the old saying goes, “First Impressions are long-lasting.” So, keep your car polished and smooth.
Now, the truth is that no matter how careful you are, you will get scratches on your car at one point or the other.
The question remains should you try to fix the scratches yourself or call a professional as soon as it happens? It will depend on how deep the scratch is. If it’s just a surface scratch, chances are you can get rid of it yourself. If it runs deep, you may need to ask a professional for help. In this article, we will show you how to get rid of scratches on your car.
Step One: Wash the Body
Wash and dry the affected area before applying any substance to get rid of scratches. Otherwise, you’ll be rubbing dirt into the affected area; this will only make it worse. If you have enough time, wash it yourself or take it to the local car wash for a thorough clean up.
If you’ll be washing the car yourself, use car soap and a long hose. Focus the hose on the affected area so that the pressure from the water will get rid of all debris. When you finish washing the vehicle, dry it with a soft cloth with no buttons.
Step Two: Try the Toothpaste Method
This is one of the most common methods of getting rid of scratches on your car. All you need to do is apply some toothpaste on a wet microfiber rag. That done, use the rag to rub the affected area. Rub gently in a circular motion until the scratch fades away.
Make sure that the toothpaste is distributed on the surface evenly. While it is a good thing to be gentle to avoid more damage, you don’t need to be too gentle. Apply a little pressure to make sure that it is effective.
Once you are done, rinse the surface with the washing hose to see if the scratches are wiped off entirely. Keep in mind that you may need to repeat this process at least 2 times for optimal results.
Step Three: Use A Scratch Removal Chemical
If the toothpaste method isn’t effective, you may need to use a product that was created specifically to get rid of scratches on cars. There are many brands out there and you most likely have your favorite.
If you don’t have a product in mind, search for the best car scratch removal products. Make sure to read customer reviews before buying the product.
Last but not the least, read the instructions carefully and follow them when applying the product.
Step Four: Paint and Wax
If you try the methods listed above and the scratch is still visible, the next option would be to spray paint the affected area. At this point, you may want to seek the services of a professional. Don’t attempt to paint your car yourself if you don’t have any experience. A professional will let you know if you need to paint the entire car or just the affected areas.
Conclusion The bottom line is that it’s always safer to go straight to a professional when your car is scratched. However, it’s expensive. So, the DIY method should only be attempted first for small scratches.