How to Repair Car Dents and Scratches

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Has your vehicle seen better days? Maybe it has a few unsightly dents and dings that have accumulated over the years. Did you know that you can fix small dents or scratches right at home? In this guide, the Basil Resale Sheridan & Basil Resale Transit service center can show you how to fix a dent in a car and how to fix scratches on a car. Your vehicle can look like it did the day you left the showroom in no time!

Fix Scratches on a Car

If you are wondering how to fix scratches on a car, below you can find a few temporary and permanent solutions to get your car looking its best on the roads of Amherst and Clarence:

  • Candle Wax – This is a temporary way to fix a scratch and prevent further damage. Gently rub the wax over the cleaned area to seal the scratch. This can protect the paint until the scratch can be permanently removed.
  • Super Glue – This is another temporary solution similar to using candle wax. It can temporarily seal the scratch while slightly masking the damage.
  • Paint Polish or Rubbing Compound – We recommend starting with a light polish and less abrasive foam pad first. If the scratches still remain, you can work your way up to higher-grit polishes or compounds. If this method still does not work, you can try wet sanding.
  • Wet Sandpaper – Shallow scratches just on the surface can easily be removed after cleaning the area and rubbing over it with 2000-grit wet sandpaper. When it’s difficult to still see the scratch, it’s time to apply a rubbing compound followed by finer and finer polishes. You will then want to finish the job by using a wax or paint sealant for protection.
  • Touch-Up Paint: Usually available at service centers like Basil Resale Sheridan & Basil Resale Transit, this is an easy method of covering up more noticeable scratches.

How to Fix a Small Dent in a Car

Small dents can also be easily removed at home. Here’s how:

  • Plunger – Whether it’s the plunger from your bathroom or a car dent plunger, it can be used to pop out the dent. Keep in mind that it may take a few tries.
  • Hammer or Mallet – If a plunger doesn’t work, you can try using a hammer or mallet on the opposite side of the dent. For smaller dents, use the hammer. For larger dents, a mallet may be needed. Remember to protect the side you are hammering with a towel or something equivalent to prevent causing any further damage.
  • Dent Puller – We only recommend this step if you are already familiar with the process because this method involves drilling a hole in the dent, lacing the wire through and pulling the dent back to surface level. You’ll then need to fill the hole, sand it down, and paint.

Contact Basil Resale Sheridan & Basil Resale Transit for More Information

The Basil Resale Sheridan & Basil Resale Transit service center can ensure your vehicle is looking and performing its best for many years to come. If you have any questions about vehicle care, do not hesitate to reach out to us for more information.

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