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Car Care and Removing Scratches

Updated on November 20, 2016

When you can remove scratches

Minor and shallow scratches can be removed without getting the expensive services of professionals. A vehicles' exterior paint finish is sensitive to contacts with sharp object. A scratch may be shallow affecting only the top clear coat. It can be deep enough to cut through the undercoat. In the latter case, a professional detailer should be sought. Here are simple DIY scratchremoval tips.

To remove car scratches in the top clear coat, a rubbing compound used with care can do the job. Rubbing compounds do its work by removing fine or minor scratches, water marks, bird dropping marks, tar, light oxidation, swirls and other surface pollutants that stuck to a car's finish. It does do wonders and comes in a variety of brands and prices. The use of rubbing compound is simply one of the processes in auto detailing and followed with sealing it with a glaze. The final step is waxing and polishing the car's surface. The use of rubbing compound must be done with care by hand and NOT with electric buffers. The use of buffers is a skill in itself and the improper use will harm your car paint.

Get Rid of Minor Scratches

Caution:Extreme Care Needed for the Use of a Rubbing Compound

Rubbing compound use however is not for the novice and great care must be taken to avoid damaging a car's finish. As an abrasive, a rubbing compound can take off your paint hence, caution should be exercised when using it in darker colored cars. You might be scrubbing more than necessary and damage not only your car's clear coat but also the paint. Ensure that professional grade compound is used.

NOTE: Don't push down too hard when scrubbing. Scrubbing pressure should be very light, otherwise you will damage your clear coat. If you can see your car's paint color in your micro fibre cloth wipes or rug, it means you are cutting into your paint and that you are overdoing it.

A car's paint finish can become lifeless and dull after a while. Even if a car is new, surface pollutants can stick to it resulting to the 'coarse' feel on the paint finish. The use of a rubbing compound can greatly help in removing these surface pollutants.

Simple Steps

1. Before using any rubbing compound, it is very important that you have a thoroughly cleaned and dry car surface. Applying it on a dirty car surface will only make things worse since debris can get caught up in the compound which would prove to cause more damage. Make sure that the car is cool and in a shaded part and not under direct sunlight.

2. Use a clean buffer or microfibre cloth by squeezing about a thumb-sized compound. Do the same to the area in the car surface. It is easier to work on sections rather than on large areas.

3. Rub lightly on the subject using side to side motion. Don't be tempted to put more since the compound dries off pretty quickly and can be hard to rub at that point. Wash off with water as soon as you finish an area.

4. Check if you missed any spot. After using the rubbing compound on the problem surface, make sure to wash the surface. After drying, you may now use a glaze, and wax to provide protection to a car's finish.


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