I still remember the day that I bought my first car. I thought it was the most perfect vehicle in the world, and I vowed to care for it diligently. Unfortunately, within a few days I had forgotten about my promise, and I started tossing fast food wrappers in the back like everyone else. After awhile I realized that neglecting my car was turning the inside into a garbage pit, and I decided to learn how to take better care of my vehicle. I took a class on auto detailing, and it really helped me to turn things around. I want to teach you what I learned, so you should read this blog.
When a crash occurs to your vehicle, the damage can make your vehicle look ugly, put its exterior at risk of rust and corrosion, and can put your vehicle out of alignment. For these reasons, it is important to repair your vehicle as soon as possible to restore it to its former appearance and protect it from corrosion. Here are some tips to help you repair and restore your vehicle when the damage is only cosmetic.
Buff or Fix a Scratch
A scratch on the exterior of your vehicle can mar the paint and, if it is deep enough, can lead to corrosion. If the scratch is just a surface scratch that has not affected the paint below the clear coat, use a soft buffing brush to remove the mark from the surface of your vehicle.
A small scratch that has damaged the clear coat and gone through the paint can slowly cause corrosion on the metal. As the metal corrodes, it will expand to the surrounding paint, peeling the paint from the body and causing the damage to grow into a larger area. If you can repair a small scratch early on, you can avoid advanced damage.
Most auto repair shops carry various paint colors for specific vehicle's make, model, and year. The auto shop will usually carry a paint selection book for you to look up the color paint you need to repair the scratch. If you can't find the exact paint in the store, ask a technician if they can order the specific color for you. Make sure to order a clear coat to apply over the paint color as you repair it.
The touch-up paint and clear coat usually come with a application brush for you to fill the scratch in. But first, make sure you clean the dent to remove any debris. Apply the paint onto the scratch as evenly as possible. Let it dry then apply the clear coat.
Pull a Dent
If a scratch in your vehicle has caused a dent in the bodywork, you can try several techniques to pull the dent. Using heat from a hair dryer to expand the body's metal can often cause the dent to pop out. You can also try using a toilet plunger to work the dent out. You can also buy a dent pulling kit at most auto shops, which includes plastic pull tabs which you attach onto the dented area with a specific auto hot glue. Once the glue sets, you can use grips to pull and bend the dents from the body.
If your vehicle is dented beyond what you can fix on your own, talk to a local auto body shop for more info about having your vehicle professionally repaired.
31 January 2018