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Tips on Fixing Minor Paint Scratches on Your Car

Published on Oct 25 2022

 When it comes to cars, paint scratches are a fact of life. The good news is that they're not always permanent and can be fixed in most cases.

Here are some tips on fixing minor paint scratches on your car:

1. Remove any dirt or debris from the scratch by washing it off with soap and water. Dry the area thoroughly with a clean cloth.

2. If the scratch is fresh and hasn't been exposed to the elements, use rubbing compound to remove the top layer of paint and polish away any remaining marks. Apply the compound with a clean cloth and rub it into the scratch until it disappears. Once you've removed all traces of the scratch, wash off any residue with soap and water again before drying it thoroughly once more.

3. If there's still a visible mark after using rubbing compound, you can try using "liquid sandpaper" like Novus Plastic Polish (available at most auto supply stores). This product works by polishing away tiny dents and scratches in your car's paint job rather than filling them in like regular sandpaper does — which means there's less chance of damaging your finish if done improperly! Since liquid sandpaper works on its own without having to use water.

4. Once everything is covered up, wipe down the area with rubbing alcohol on a rag or paper towels until it's thoroughly clean and dry (this will remove any grease from fingerprints). Then spray on several light coats of paint, allowing each layer of paint to dry before applying another coat (about 30 seconds). Wait about 10 minutes between each coat so that they have time to settle.

Last but not least, if the project is a little too much for you to handle, please bring your ride in to our shop here in Kirkland. L-M Body Shop is ready to help you out.


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