Looking after your car’s exterior

Scratches not only decrease the value of your car, but they also affect the aesthetic appeal and even the way you feel about it as well. If you want to get rid of your dents or dings then it is more than possible for you to do this at home. It doesn’t have to cost you a small fortune either.


You may think that a scratch is just a scratch. Right? This is not always true. There are a few different scratches that your car can experience, and each one requires a different approach. For example, washing your car by hand can give you paint swirls. This is caused by grit getting caught up in the cloth. The best way for you to get around this would be for you to use a microfibre cloth instead, and then to also place a grit guard in the bottom of the bucket. To repair the scratch, some basic scratch remover should do the trick. Rub it gently in a circular motion, but don’t do it too hard.


If you have brushed against a wall or even against a post then this can take your car down to the bare metal. A scratch repair kit will work here, but you have to make sure that it matches the specific colour of your car. This is otherwise known as the VIN number. If you have deep scratches then professional attention may be required. If you want to try and take care of it yourself then first clean the scraped area with some warm water. Then remove any grit and wait for it to dry. Lightly apply the right colour of paint over the damaged section and then ensure that it blends right. When the paint has fully dried, then polish the area by rubbing in a circular motion. You can also add some wax to provide your car with some extra protection. If you want to take things to that next level then why not look into ceramic car coating?


When you drive around, you will probably see hundreds of cars that have dents in their doors. This is caused by careless drivers or even collisions with a post or another stationary object. You can fix a dent by using a plunger in most cases. To get started, first wet the plunger and then place it over the damaged area. When you have done this, you need to push and pull it to try and get it back into shape. If you have a shallow dent that is not on a panel edge then enter the side door and push the dent out from the inside. You can also fix bumper dents by pouring scalding hot water on the bumper to try and soften it. You can then push it out from behind. If this doesn’t work then you may want to try and look into the heating and cooling method. This involves using a hair dryer to heat up the dented area. You then need to cool it by spraying it with compressed air. This will cause the dent to contract and it will pop out all on its own.


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