Make Your Car Look Like New
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.
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.