and Warnings: If your car has a very long scratch - across the hood or along
an entire door - it may look better if you have the entire panel repainted in
a paint shop.
Some newer-vehicle paint jobs are enameled and will not mix
well with lacquer-based primer paint. It's always best to provide your car's VIN
to an auto parts store and seek advice before proceeding
Determine whether your car's paint is enameled; if it isn't, proceed.
Obtain body compound and primer paint. Primer is usually in spray-can
form, comes in several colors and is generally labeled for automobile use. It's
best to pick a light primer color that your touch-up paint will cover easily in
Wash the scratch and surrounding area with a mild laundry detergent.
This removes any wax or coatings that would otherwise affect the new paint you'll
Sand along the scratch with fine-grained sandpaper, being sure to
sand away any rust that has accumulated.
Blow away all dust from the sanding, or use a soft brush.
Use masking tape and newspaper to isolate the scratch, leaving about
a half-inch of working room around the scratch.
Using a putty knife, apply body compound to a scratch that's deep
into the metal. The knife should be made of plastic to avoid adding more scratches.
Let the body compound harden according to label instructions.
Sand the body compound flat.
Blow or brush away all dust.
Spray a small amount of primer paint to the scratch. Let the area
Identify the touch-up paint color you need by first checking your
vehicle identification number (VIN), which is stamped into a small metal plate
located on the dashboard on the driver's side.
Provide this number to an auto parts store or an online site selling
small bottles of touch-up paint. The VIN describes your car right down to its
particular shade of paint, so matching your color is a breeze.
Use the touch-up's applicator brush to paint the area.
Let dry overnight.
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