Minor scratches and slight scuffing to your car’s paint are a fact of life for all car owners, but by manipulating the clear coat paint finish, removing a minor paint scratch is relatively quick and easy.
First you need to determine if the paint scratch is fine or deep. The easy way to do this is to feel it with your fingernail. If you can’t feel it or if you can feel it but your fingernail doesn’t catch the scratch, you can repair it with this process.
3M offers a great DIY fix-it kit. Their solution features 3000 grit sandpaper, two grades of foam polishing discs, a mounting plate for the discs and two grades of car polish. Everything you need to make a perfect repair for a Clear Coat Scratch.
It is designed to remove common damage to your car’s clear coat, such as fine scratches on the door handles, doors and trunk. When removing a minor scratch from your vehicle’s paint surface, you are actually removing a very thin layer of clear coat paint.
If you have ever sanded and refinished a piece of furniture or patched drywall, you can make this simple repair. There are just five steps in the process and the project can usually be completed in about an hour, on a small section of the vehicle.
1. Prepare the Surface – Clean and remove dirt from the scratched area.
2. Sand the Scratch – Use the abrasive pad to sand the area by hand until the scratch is no longer visible.
3. Refine the Scratch – Attach the disc pad holder to the drill and the purple compounding pad to the disc pad holder. Using a quarter-sized amount of the Rubbing Compund, buff the sanded area to ensure all scratches are removed from the surface.
4. Polish and Restore Shine – Switch to the black polishing pad and apply a quarter-sized amount of Scratch Remover Compound onto the black pad. Polish the area to further remove scratches to the level of desired shine.
5. Protect the Repaired Area – For added protection, apply a good quality wax to the repaired area, or even better still, wax the whole car! It will shine, be easier to clean and protect the surface from dirt and hopefully, from further scratches!
Here is a great how to video from 3M: