How To Remove Auto Scratches Safe & Fast!
This guide is a super quick overview to learn how to remove scratches from cars, how to determine what type of scratch you have and how to correct it. There are tons of great indepth articles and videos else where on this blog that will give you the exact details on how to remove scratches from vehicles.
Learning how to remove scratches can be really simple if you understand just exactly what a scratch on a car is in the first place.
How To Remove Scratches From Cars – So just what the heck IS a scratch anyway?
It’s important to understand when you remove scratches from automobiles built after about 1990 that they have what is known as a “2 stage” paint finish. This means there is a base color and a top “clear coat”. (primer under the base color)
The top “clear coat” is different than the base color coat, and is much harder. When you remove a scratch the majority of the time you are working on the top “clear coat”. Manufacturers came up with this to make automobile finishes more durable than old fashion single stage lacquer which required constant attention to keep looking nice.
Scratches show up white and stand out because the scratch is in the clear coat…even if it touches the base color. When you remove scratches that are in the top clear coat you are effectively removing a very tiny amount of the clear coat where the scratch was.
A scratch in the clear coat reflects light which is the main reason it shows up so bad. Its similar to facets in a diamond reflecting light.
Good news…80 – 90% of car scratches are in the clear coat layer only.
In most cases you can remove scratches from automobiles in the clear coat permanently and quickly with the correct technique.
How do I know what technique to use to remove a scratch?
Here is a pretty good way to quickly decide how remove scratches from cars:
- Pull your fingernail across the scratch… can’t feel it? It can be removed.
- Can you barely feel it? It can be borderline and with a simple technique can be completely removed.
- You can definitely feel it (or obvious scrape , chip etc) Touch up paint will be necessary.
For the 80 -90% of clear coat scratches that you cannot feel with your fingernail you can remove scratches with the correct technique and polish alone.
In general to remove scratches from a car these are the steps for professional looking scratch removal for a typical clear coat.
This is a STEP- BY-STEP system if you can watch a few videos you can do this!
- Clean the area and inspect
- Remove Scratch (Polish)
- Enhance the luster of the paint (Glaze)
- Seal the restored paint (professional polymer paint sealant)
For some (not all!) borderline clear coat scratches you may need to wet sand ,
since polish alone will not completely get rid of scratches. Wet sanding your brand new car can be pretty scary… however this is where The Ultimate CSR Systems leaves every other product in the dust.
The Ultimate CSR Classic System has a patented sponge with replaceable 3000 grit latex “paper” that is so gentle professionals use it on fresh 24hr old clear coats to remove imperfections like when you remove scratches from cars. So you can imagine how gentle and effective is when you remove scratches.
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When you remove scratches you will at some point run into the other 10% of scratches that require touch up paint don’t worry. You can get really awesome
results at home with the correct technique…that is so easy it will amaze you.
One of the biggest “secrets” to doing professional looking touch up paint repairs is to “surgically” apply touch up paint. It takes VERY little touch up paint to do a repair correctly. This is one case where more is NOT better! This is a STEP- BY-STEP system if you can watch a few videos you can do this!
In general these are the steps for a professional looking touch up paint repair.
(there a several optional steps available in the kit)
- Polish area
- Apply touch up paint (leave it, level it with solvent , level it by wet sanding)
- Polish (again) if necessary (remove any dulling during touch up paint process)
- Enhance luster (glaze)
- Apply Sealant (professional automotive paint sealant is the ultimate protection)
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When you remove scratches on cars you might encounter one other type of scratch commonly called a “spider” scratch, cobwebs or swirls. This is the type of scratch that shows up on bright days, especially on your hood or trunk and looks like thousands of fine cobwebs.
This type of defect (scratch) comes from neglecting a paint finish, automatic car washes, improper car washing technique etc. While at first glance when you begin to remove scratches on cars it appears to be a “minor” type of scratch and you cannot feel it with you fingernail…it requires a very different technique to completely restore the paint finish.
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