How to Repair Minor Car Scrapes

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If your car is looking a little battle scarred, you would be amazed at the results you can achieve with a little dedication and an afternoon’s work.

If you use your car every day, it is practically inevitable that however careful you are, it will start showing a few little signs of wear and tear before too long. Often it is not your fault, and you have no idea where these little blemishes came from – it is almost as if your pride and joy got into a disagreement with another car while it was parked and they ended up having a minor scuffle.

Of course, for major damage, you call the insurers, make a claim and get it repaired. That’s easy. It is those minor nicks, scrapes and grazes that are really the problem. This is not the sort of car repair that is worth taking to the professional bodyshop, so what do you do? Nine times out of ten, the answer is absolutely nothing, and the battle scars gradually mount up.

Most people do not realise that repairing a minor scrape is far easier than they might think, and you don’t need specialist tools, equipment or training to get a great result. Here’s how.


Let’s start with the most minor blemishes. If you’ve just washed your car, you might see the sunlight playing across imperfections in the top coat of the paint. These are caused by particles of grit getting stuck to the cleaning cloths you used. Now the best thing here is prevention by using a grit guard in the bucket, but if it’s happened, don’t panic.

Run your fingernail over them and if they are too fine to feel, you will be able to polish them out with a fine cutting agent such as T-Cut. Use it sparingly, apply in a circular motion over the affected area, and it will look like new.

Don’t make a habit of using the T-Cut more than you have to, as what you are essentially doing is removing a layer of paint every time you use it.

Specialist car paint suppliers can supply a scratch remover that is precisely coloured to match your car according to its paint code. This serves not only to repair the scratches, but unlike the T-Cut it will boost rather than reduce the colour by adding paint instead of taking it away. These work best on solid colours as opposed to metallic.

Parking scrapes

A brush with a wall, post or another vehicle can leave damage that looks more serious, but there are still DIY solutions. If the top coat of paint has been damaged or there is bare metal or plastic exposed, you can buy a repair kit that comes with all the equipment you need to do an effective home repair.

Clean down the affected area, carefully apply the paint, allow it to dry and polish the whole area for a smooth finish. Again, you will need to know the car’s paint code, which is written on the chassis plate or can be found in the handbook.

Bear in mind, however, that if your car is getting on in years, you might need some manual assistance getting the match right. This is because the paint will have faded over time, so the colour according to the paint code might look substantially different to the colour of your car today.

Choosing a Wedding Photographer

choosing a wedding photographer

Choosing the right wedding photographer is one of the most important decisions you will have to make in the run up to your big day. Wedding photographs will serve as a long-lasting memory of your big day; use Crondon’s wedding photography advice to ensure you choose your perfect wedding photographer.


Choose your style


Before you begin researching photographers for your big day, you first need to decide what type of photography style you prefer, as this will help you decide on the kind of photographer to look for.


Documentary style are candid or spontaneous shots of people, décor and action, as opposed to posing for a photo. Documentary style shots will often include guests digging into their food, family and friends dancing and bridesmaids with champagne in their hand. The photos will capture the moments exactly as they happen, in a discreet way too so people aren’t staring at the camera!


Portraiture focuses on traditional photography, with posed shots of family and friends in front of various backdrops. Some photographers will pose subjects in front of traditional spots like the lawn or the ceremony alter, whilst others may take photos in dramatic compositions, like the bride and groom lounging on the chairs in the reception.


Fine art is similar to documentary photography as they reflect reality, but they will be more dramatic and beautiful, with the appearance of being shot on a grainier, dreamier appearance.


Do your research


Read reviews from recent newlyweds and browse local listings, making an effort to carefully review potential photographers’ websites and blogs to see what their style is like. Make an effort to meet your potential photographers in person, and discuss the venue, wedding style and how you envision your photos to be.


See full wedding albums


Try not to base your decision purely on what you see in a photographer’s highlights album. Ask to see two or three full galleries from real weddings they’ve shot so you can have a better understanding of what your photos may look like.



Good luck hunting for your perfect wedding photographer!

Sewing Machine Buyers Guide

Janome sewing machine

There are many things to consider when choosing the perfect sewing machine. It can often be a confusing task, especially if you’re new to sewing or needle craft, or if you are looking to buy one as a gift for someone. We suggest trying out one from the Janome sewing machines range, here are some handy tips to help you.

Machines for Beginners

First of all, you need to establish whether the sewing machine is for a beginner or a more experienced sewist. A beginner will need a machine with a basic range of stitches, whereas an experienced sewer may require more features.

Sewing Projects

You need to have in mind what kind of projects you want to use the machine for, whether it be for dressmaking, repairs and alterations, home furnishings and upholstery, embroidery and quilting. A basic machine would be more suitable for those who want to do dressmaking, crafts, repairs and alterations. A machine with a wider range of stitches however would be better suited for projects such as embroidery, crafts, quilting and upholstery.

How Often Do You Sew?

Will the machine be used often? If the machine is for occasional use, then it wouldn’t be worth your time or money in investing in a large sewing machine with a large range of stitches and accessories, because they will never be needed.

For those who are looking to invest in a sewing machine that they know will be used regularly, it would be a good idea to look into ones that are sturdy with a metal frame inside.

Weight and Storage

Sewing machines can be bulky appliances, so you need to consider where you are planning on storing it. Will you put it away after each use, or will you be taking it to classes? Consider the weight and whether it’ll be too heavy to lift alone.

Many sewing machines come with accessories, so you need to consider where you can store them if you have limited space available.

Invest in a sewing machine that comes with a soft or hard cover to protect your machine from dust and dirt. The cover can keep the sewing machine safe and make it easy to transport.

Different Types of Sewing Machine

There are three different types of sewing machines; an electronic sewing machine, a computerised sewing machine and the overlockers.

An electronic one works by sending an electrical impulse into the needle from a single motor; you operate the machine via a foot pedal.

The computerised sewing machine is good for beginners and experienced sewers. You can manually control the functions of the machine, the speed and needle functions.

Overlockers are finishing machines, used to create hems and seams but can also have decorative stitching options. They’re great for sewing knitted fabrics too.

Confused by the Jargon?

There are plenty of technical terms that you’re bound to come across as a sewer, such as ‘bobbin’, ‘free arm’ and ‘feed dogs’. These technical terms can seem completely baffling but, we’ve found a list of sewing terms to help you understand them!

If you need any help with choosing the perfect sewing machine, what the machines functions mean and any general sewing queries, you can always speak to an expert – we recommend Franklins, who are always happy to help.