How to Repair Car Dents and Scratches

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Does the exterior of your vehicle need a little TLC? The team at Robert Basil Buick GMC has provided this guide on how to fix a dent in a car and how to fix scratches on a car. We want to help get your vehicle looking its best again on the roads of Eden and Blasdell. If you still do not feel comfortable doing this on your own, you can always leave scratch and dent removal to the professionals at Robert Basil Buick GMC.

Ways to Fix Scratches on a Car

Wondering how to fix scratches on a car? There are a few possible methods worth considering. A few are permanent fixes, but some are temporary solutions if you are in a pinch and want to protect your vehicle in the meantime:

  • Candle Wax – One easy, temporary way to fix scratches on a car is to use candle wax. Gently rub the wax over the cleaned area to seal the scratch temporarily and prevent further damage.
  • Super Glue – Super glue can be used in the same way as candle wax to temporarily seal the scratch.
  • Paint Polish or Rubbing Compound – Our team recommends using a light polish with a less abrasive foam pad first before working your way up to higher-grit polishes or compounds for more stubborn scratches.
  • Wet Sandpaper – If the options above are not enough, shallow surface scratches can be removed after cleaning the area and rubbing over it with 2000-grit wet sandpaper. When it is difficult to see the scratch anymore, it is time to apply a rubbing compound followed by finer and finer polishes. To protect your handiwork, apply wax or paint sealant.
  • Touch-Up Paint: If you need to hide deeper scratches, service centers like Robert Basil Buick GMC often sell touch-up paint.

How to Fix a Small Dent in a Car

We are also more than happy to show you how to fix a small dent in a car. Once again, if you are worried about taking care of this on your own, our team can take care of it for you. That said, here are the most common ways to perform a DIY dent removal on small car dents:

  • Plunger – A car dent plunger, or even the plunger from your bathroom, can be used to pop out a dent.
  • Hammer or Mallet – Using one of these on the opposite side of the dent can help pop the area back into place. The hammer is ideal for much smaller dents, and the mallet is the better option for slightly larger dents. Caution: Use a towel or cloth to protect the side you are hammering. Not doing so can cause more damage to your vehicle.
  • Dent Puller – This option should only be used by those who are familiar with the process. This method involves drilling a hole in the dent, lacing wire through the hole, and pulling the dent back to surface level. The hole then will have to be filled before it is sanded and painted.

Trust the Automotive Experts at Robert Basil Buick GMC

If it ends up being too difficult to remove scratches and dents on your own, don’t worry. The team at Robert Basil Buick GMC is here to help. Set up an appointment today, and we can take care of the problem in no time. Contact us today if you have any questions.

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