Paint scratches happen when the body of your vehicle comes in contact with another painted entity. It is not only the scratches that will leave their mark on your vehicle; there’s also the paint from the other painted entity.
As tough as this situation might sound, this problem can be solved domestically. One of the essential skillset vehicle owners need to have is knowing how to remove paints that rub on your vehicle’s finishing. Not knowing how to sort yourself out in such a condition will mean that you’ll have to enlist a professional’s help for a solution.
How Does Paint Scratch Transfer to Your Vehicle Finishing?
A Paint Scratch will transfer to your vehicle’s finishing once your vehicle comes in contact with a painted surface, causing both characters to have frictional contact. One of the surfaces will leave its paint on the other surface.
Take, for instance, you’re going out of your garage with your vehicle on the reverse, and somehow your side mirror scratches your garage frame. Vehicles produced nowadays do come in two different paint layers.
The primer is one of these layers, and it is used for coating the vehicle’s metal surface. Once the primer has been used to coat the vehicle’s metal surface, then the base coat is used to give your vehicle the desired color that you want it to have. However, some of the base coats produced by most manufacturers do come with various layers as well.
A clear coat is also utilized to protect the base coat. It is this clear coat that makes your vehicle surface to have a shiny look. In most cases, you can make use of wax to improve the shinny qualities of your vehicle surface, but the clear coat also does this. The clear coat is specifically made to protect the layers underneath. It produces an exterior shell that secures the paint of your car.
Once your car hits another object, some of the resulting impacts are taken by the clear coat. However, some of the other entity’s paint particles will also be transferred to the clear coat layer. It is due to the other object not having a clear coat layer that protects its paint surface. Since there’s one surface with a clear coat and another without a clear coat, the one without the clear coat will be the one that will transfer paint particles onto the surface that has a clear coat.
Supplies Needed To Remove the Paint Transfer Scratch
Youâ€™ll need to prepare some materials when you plan to do a quick fix of paint transfer scuff on your car. Regardless of the scuff, here are some of the materials necessary to remove them:
- Microfiber/Cotton Cloth
If you choose either cotton or synthetic clothing material, you will get the perfect result. But make sure you use 100% cotton material if you donâ€™t want to go for microfiber stuff. Although microfiber cloth can serve as a paint applicator, you may want to get applicator pads.
- Scratch Removers
Removing paint transfer scuffs requires that you have scratch removers. Depending on the amount of money youâ€™re ready to invest to ensure effective removal of paint transfer scuff, there is a range of materials you can opt for.Â
For a perfect result, it is better to go for some of the best scuff removers on the market. One of the average products commonly used by low- and middle-end car owners as paint transfer scuff include whitening toothpaste and WD40.
Youâ€™ll have to consider a few factors before you choose which of the paint remover you want to choose. Do you want permanent or ad-hoc removal? Youâ€™ll also have to take into account if the paint transfer scuff remover requires the use of a machine to apply.
- Surface cleaner
Get some cleaning agents that will clean the surface of the car without causing any scratches. They include a pressure washer, car wash soaps, and a clay bar.
- Rubbing Compounds
Rubbing compounds help to work on the deeper parts of the car that are affected by the paint transfer scuffs. While scratch removers may be ok, rubbing compounds produce more abrasion and require a machine for the application.Â
Other supplies you will have to include a car polish and car wax. While a polish will help restore the car to its former form and beauty. They help to give beauty to the car color. Car wax, on the other hand, helps to protect the substances that you apply on the affected layers of the car
How to Remove Paint Scratches From Your Vehicle?
Removing paint scratches from your vehicle can be done through the following process:
- Clean the Scratched Area
Using a clean microfiber cloth, clean the area that you want to repair. Try to clean out every dirt, debris, and particle there. Do not allow any of these contaminants to remain so that they don’t result in more scratches.
- Remove Scratches
When it’s time to remove the scratches, you can start by making the scratched edges smooth. If you place your fingers on them, you’ll discover they are rough, try to make use of sandpaper to smoothen it. After using your sandpaper, apply a scratch removal product while following the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Polish Your Car Surface
Polish the area with a car polish following the manufacturer’s instructions. Sometimes you’ll have to apply it in a circling manner. There should be an overlap on each circular application of polish.
- Application of Car Wax
Make use of good car wax for this final step. It will give your car a perfect shiny finishing. Apply gently and follow the manufacturer’s instructions. It will also help in adding an extra protective layer to the surface.
Somethings can’t be avoided all the time, and getting the surface of your vehicle scratched is one of them. Some paint scratches only affect the clear coat of your vehicle, and this makes it possible for you to remove it by yourself. However, in cases where the scratched area is deep, then you’ll need the help of a professional.