- June 16, 2020
We don’t all want the expense and potentially long waiting times for having our car paint problems fixed by professionals. There are times when DIY car paint scratch repair is something that we can try for ourselves. This is especially true with the phenomenal range of high-quality car paints available nowadays, not to mention the treasure trove of great information on how to apply them.
If you’ve just bought yourself the best DIY car paint, then let us help you in the application stage with this handy “how-to” guide:
Step 1 – Prepare the vehicle
Whatever kind of paint you’re using, the surface of your car has to be absolutely clean and grease-free. You should therefore give the car a thorough wash, and doubly so for the damaged area that you want to touch up. Don’t forget to skip the wax! Once the surface is clear of all potential contaminants, you are ready to begin the painting prep work.
Step 2 – Is the scratch serious? If so, sand down
If the scratch is entirely superficial, you can likely skip this step. When the scratch is deeper or otherwise more serious, however, you’ll need to sand the area down to make it more receptive to the new paint. A severe scratch typically means more chipped paint, rust, corrosion and other nasty elements in there. Sanding the area down with sandpaper will get it smooth, clean and ready to apply the paint. Leaving any detritus there can cause the paint to stick or further corrode later.
Step 3 – Start with coats of primer
Apply the primer first in layers, allowing at least 20 minutes or so for it to cure before applying the next layer. Primer is a material that you should use sparingly, so don’t just glob it on. Use small amounts, applied either with a fine applicator pen, or a small-headed brush. Two or three coats should be enough.
Step 4 – Apply your best DIY car paint carefully in layers
Next comes the key step after what must now feel like a lot of prepping. The more thorough your prep work, the more successful your application is bound to be. Apply the layers carefully, either with an applicator pen, or with a fine small-headed brush. Once again, you are not smearing it over a bedroom wall. This is delicate work. Proceed carefully with even strokes moving in the same direction.
Step 5 – Here comes the clearcoat
The final protective step is the layer of clear coat, which will also restore the shine to its proper potential. Once again, you’ll be applying multiple layers. Start with a very fine base layer, and then wait 15 minutes for it to dry. The second and third layers can be a little more generous, also with a 15-minute gap in between. Once the clear coat is fully applied, you should wait 24 hours for it to harden before you perform a final buffing to even out the coat with the rest of the car, and bring out the glorious gloss finish.
DIY car paint scratch repair is about careful, methodical work. You can’t be impatient or cut corners at any stage. Everything needs to be done thoroughly and properly if you want the best results. Do so and you won’t regret it!
- October 15, 2020