It’s something that everyone has done. It’s easy to clip a pole or hit a shopping cart with your sharp object. It’s ugly. The result is ugly. However, there is an alternative. It can be repaired yourself. It takes only a few household items and some paint.
If your finish isn’t cracked, you can easily remove dents. You can simply pour hot soapy water on the dent, and then plunge it out as if you were cleaning a clogged sink. If the dent doesn’t come back in place immediately, have a friend tap the opposite side with a rubber hammer. After you have pulled it out, you can use soapy water to wash the plunger and break the suction.
To force the panel back into its original position, place a small piece of wood on top of any small dents. Tapping gently on the edges can help to restore the metal’s original shape. You must be careful not to scratch the finish. This will expose the metal and cause rust. You will then need an auto body specialist.
Scratches and scrapes
Many hardware shops and body shops sell touch-up paint. It is simple to match the right color with your car’s make, model and year. It is simple to find out the paint codes for each manufacturer. You will find it in the glove box or on the door panel. It is possible to guess if your car has been painted. It’s not difficult to figure it out even if your car has been painted.
You will need soapy water, fine-grit sandpaper, waxing and buffing papers, as well as a small paintbrush. You should wash the affected area with soapy water. Pay special attention to any gunk. Use sandpaper to gently scrub the area. Keep your paper moistened. Let the paper dry for at least 10-15 minutes. This will ensure that the entire area is dried. Then, apply a thin coat of paint to the area. If necessary, add another coat. Finally, let it dry overnight. To protect your finish, use a wax and rubbing compound.
Paint is most effective when it’s sunny and there’s little humidity. If this is not possible, you can apply the paint in a heated area with a humidifier running. To cure the paint, you can use a hair dryer and heat lamps.
You can repair your auto’s body with everyday household items, as you can see. If you don’t have time or patience for repairs, there are always professionals who can help.