Here at East End Body Shop we have a lot of services that are available to you. One of the services that we offer is auto body painting. But maybe you don’t need a full panel or full body paint job and you just have a few scratches on your car that you would like to see disappear.
There are a few things that you can help you essentially buff out the scratches on your car at home.
If you search for DIY tricks online, the main thing that you will see come up is using WD-40 to get rid of scratches on your car. We don’t recommend doing this DIY at home remedy for scratches on your car, and here’s why. WD-40 looks like it’s working, however, it mainly cleans up the scratches, getting dirt and anything else that was ground into your paint out, it’s not actually repairing the scratch. On top of that, WD-40 can actually damage the wax and clear coat that your paint job has. And more than that, WD-40 is oily, so when it rains or you wash your car, it will wash away. Think of WD-40 sort of like Pledge for wood. It creates a great shine on your wood surfaces, but after a few days your wood looks dull, just like before. That’s essentially what WD-40 is doing. It’s making everything look shiny and new, but it will fade after a few days.
The best thing you can do, if you have scratches on your car, is determine if they are deep enough that they require a new paint job, or if they can be buffered out.
Here’s what you should do if the scratches on your car aren’t too deep to require a new paint job. Get some polishing compound and a drill with a buffing wheel on it. Wash your car first and get the area clean. Then apply some polishing compound onto the buffing wheel and go over the scratches.
This can help with the minor scratches on your car, but we recommend first talking to an auto body shop to determine how deep the scratches on your car are.
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Written by: Nicole Weisbrich