A minor scratch can be an eyesore on the side of a car. Scratches can accumulate very easily by simply being bumped by the door of another car or even any rough material that slides up against the door. If the scratches go left untreated there is the potential to have them develop into rust spots, which will create a much larger issue. Rust will eat away at the frame of the car and cause serious problems to the body of the vehicle. Treating minor scratches is fairly easy and can be done with a simple a penetrating oil and water-displacing spray and the following instructions.
To complete this task you will need the following items:
- One can of penetrating oil and water-displacing spray
- One bucket
- Dish soap
- Soft cloth rags
1. Start by cleaning the scratches with soap and water. Fill a bucket about half full with hot water and then add a couple squirts of dish soap before mixing them together. After the water is mixed, take a rag and dunk it into the water and get wet and soapy. Apply the rag to the scratches and pay special attention to any dirt that is contained inside the scratches. Make sure to scrub the area with the wet cloth and make sure that all the dirt is removed before proceeding.
2. Rinse of the side of the car where the soapy water touched the vehicle. Make sure that there is no soapy residue left on the car, and then take some soft dry rags and dry the surface area that is wet. Make sure the area is completely dry to the touch before you proceed to the next step, as the water will repel the application of the penetrating oil and water-displacing spray.
3. Spray some penetrating oil and water-displacing spray onto a dry rag, and apply it directly to the surface of the scratches. Make sure that you coat the inside of the scratches as well as their entire surfaces to ensure that every portion of them is penetrated. You should begin to see the scratches start to blend back into the paint and not be as noticeable as they once were. The scratches will still be on the side of the car, but they will be extremely hard to notice to the human eye unless you are right directly up close to the vehicle.
If you follow the steps outlined above and the scratches are still noticeable, you need to take the vehicle into an auto body specialist like Clint’s Body Shop & Rental Cars that can buff them out. A professional auto body specialist will also be able to repaint the car if necessary and can make the exact shade and color of the car.