There are many causes of car paint scratches. Car accidents, vandalism, lack of parking, and other parking issues can cause scratches on the surface of your car. Scratch also affects the depreciation of the car, but the cost of a new paint job or partial touch-up due to scratches is also quite high. After buffing the surface with toothpaste, try using a scratch removal product to remove small scratches, or if the size of the scratch is rather deep, rub the scratch and paint again.
Remove surface scratches using toothpaste
1. Judging the depth of the scratch by inserting the nail. If your nail doesn’t go into the scratch, it means it’s a superficial scratch, not a deep blemish, so use toothpaste. On the other hand, if your nails get caught in the scratch, you need a professional scratch removal product because it is a deep scratch.
2.Wipe and dry the scratched area. Clean the scratch area before applying toothpaste to the surface. In the process of removing scratches, if dirt and residues get into the scratches, the condition of the scratches can get worse.
3. Squeeze toothpaste the size of a 100 won coin on a wet microfiber towel. After soaking the microfiber towel sufficiently, squeeze the amount of toothpaste the size of a 100 won coin on the towel, or you can adjust the amount of toothpaste according to the size of the scratch.
4. Rub the toothpaste over the scratch in a circle. Place the microfiber towel on the scratch and apply the toothpaste in small circles until the toothpaste is evenly distributed on the surface.
5. Wipe off unnecessary toothpaste. After you finish buffing the toothpaste on the scratch, carefully wipe away the unnecessary amount of toothpaste Spray the car with water using a hose and dry it with a microfiber towel.
Repeat this process 6.2 more times. You may need to repeat this process two or more times to remove surface scratches with toothpaste. Check for visible scratches and repeat 1-2 more times using toothpaste if necessary
For small scratches, use a scratch removal product
1. Wash the car so that no dirt or residue remains on the scratches. It is important to wash the affected area thoroughly before using the product required for buffing. Residues on the surface can cause more scratches
2. Buy a scratch removal product or kit. Buy a kit that includes a scratch removal solution and a buffing product from an auto supply store or the car area of a hypermarket.
3. Squeeze the buffing product as much as the size of a 100 won coin on the buffing pad. Squeeze the buffing product as much as the size of a 100 won coin, or adjust the amount according to the size of the scratch. After squeezing gold on a pad or microfiber towel, fold the towel or pad in half and rub it on the scratch.
4. Clean scratches and surrounding areas. Wipe in a circle or move back and forth. Find a way that works best for you and covers the scratches well. However, if you set a rule such as wiping in a circle or moving back and forth, it is better to move in one way only. Rub well for a few minutes to clean well.
5. Wipe off an unnecessary amount. After buffing the scratch, use a clean microfiber cloth to wipe off the unnecessary amount of buffing product on the area where the product was applied in a circle shape.
6. Repeat 2-3 times as needed. Check to see if the scratch is still visible, and if it is, try 2-3 more scratch removers. However, be careful as excessive use may damage the car’s clear coat.
Cover deep scratches with paint
1. Thoroughly clean and dry the car. If there is any dirt left on the car’s surface when removing scratches, it’s important to remove the dirt and debris first, as dirt can cause more scratches. Wipe the scratched area a few more times to keep the surface clean.
2.Sandpaper the scratched area so that the topmost paint on the car comes off. Put 2000 grit sandpaper around the sanding pad (a tool with a handle to hold the sandpaper well) and rub the scratched area with the sandpaper. After rubbing for only 10-15 seconds at a time, check the scratched area, Only rub more sandpaper when deemed necessary.
3. Rinse and dry. After rubbing sandpaper on the scratched area, rinse off the residue and use a clean microfiber cloth to dry the surface.
4. Apply a few coats of primer to the area where the sandpaper was rubbed. After preparing the sandable primer in the aerosol can, spray it on the area where the sandpaper was applied. After spraying the primer while moving it back and forth, wait for 5-10 minutes and then spray again. Repeat this a total of 3 times.
5. Apply a few coats of paint to match the color of your car. Next, apply the same color paint to the remaining parts of the car after spraying the primer. Wait 5-10 minutes after each application to allow the paint to dry completely.
6. Apply wax over the paint. Apply high-quality carnauba wax to the surface of the vehicle and buff it with a buffer pad or microfiber cloth. Buy a wax kit that contains everything you need to wax your car’s surface, such as wax, buffing pads or microfiber cloths.
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