Fixing up car body scratches at home

scratchDings and scratches on your car are always going to happen no matter how careful you are,there are always keys, other car doors, shopping carts, tree branches –all manner of things conspiring to keep your car’s finish from looking showroom-fresh. Sometimes the scratches are shallow, and they don’t go through every layer of paint to get to the substrate. At other times, they’re just that deep. Perhaps the best kind of scratches are the non-scratches – they look really deep and black, but turn out to just be residue. The good part is that you can repair car scratches. You can repair them right at home on your own.

The reason one needs to learn to repair car scratches right at home is this – the deep ones expose the base metal underneath. If the metal remains exposed, it’s going to rust and do a lot of damage to your car. You can’t be running off to the service centre for every scratch, can you?

All you need to repair a deep scratch is a little bit of touch-up paint. The trick though is to get the right color to match the rest of your car. It would hardly do to get just some kind of generic color that is about close. How do you know what that exact shade is called? Usually, the manufacturer’s label somewhere on one of the front door jambs, under the bonnet or in the boot has this information.

There are lots of numbers on that label usually. You have to know which one of those numbers is your car’s colour code. All you need to do is to call the car manufacturers service centre and ask for where the colour number is. Once you have that number, it’s easy to order touch-up paint. Usually, you can even get that from your car manufacturer’s service department. Barring that, you can use the number to get it from any store that sells this kind of stuff.

Touch-up paint doesn’t come in a can. It usually comes in the form of a pair of Magic Marker-like pens. One of them has the base colour paint and the other is the protective clear coat to go on top of it. All you need to do is to use the pen on the scratch, allow it to dry, and then use the clear coat on it.

What do you do if you have a very light scratch – one that doesn’t extend all the way down to the metal? For this, all you need is a little polishing compound. All you need to do is to apply a little polishing compound onto a polishing applicator and buff away.Repair car scratches this way, and your car will probably live a lot longer than it otherwise would.

See the video below for a really simple way to fix a scratch on your car body at home..

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Don’t forget your regular day to-day maintenance either..

If you want to see if your car will last as long as all that, here are car care tips to start you on your way.

You need to make sure you follow the maintenance schedule for oil changes; the usual is once every 3000 miles. If you don’t drive all that much, you could probably get by on no more than one oil change a year; just make sure you use synthetic oil, and all should be well. Each time you drive your car in for an oil change, consider it your excuse to tighten the hoses, belts, fans and to take a look at all the fluids.

With enough car care tips, you could become a pretty fair mechanic yourself. And that is about the best way to care for your car.