Working on your automobile may be dangerous and filthy, so be sure you have everything you need to leave the garage in the same condition you found it.
- Safety glasses are required.
- Nitrile gloves or mechanic gloves
Things You Need
- List of Instruments
- List of parts for two microfiber towels
- A polishing substance, a scratch repair product, or a mild adhesive remover
Organizing your tools and gear such that everything is conveniently accessible will save you valuable time while you wait for your helpful assistant to bring you the sandpaper or blowtorch.
You’ll also need a level workspace with good ventilation, such as a garage floor, driveway, or street parking. Because we aren’t getting your ride out of the clink, check your local regulations to make sure you’re not breaking any rules when utilizing the street.
Taking Off the Paint
- Place the car in a cool, shady spot away from the sun.
- Using your microfiber towel, apply a tiny amount of remover or compound.
- If using specifically formulated products, lightly rub the afflicted area in small circles with the remover, gradually increasing pressure as the remover is dispersed over the paint. If you’re using adhesive remover, start with a tiny amount, work quickly and deliberately, and use soft brush strokes with the towel.
Wipe away excess remover with a dry section of the microfiber cloth or another towel and buff the region. If there is still paint on the surface, continue steps 3 and 4 until the area is free of it.
After the paint has been removed, use your senses of touch and sight to assess the extent of the scrape. You may need to use touch-up paint on the area if it cuts through the clear coat and into your own car’s paint.
If the scrape extends to the metal, you’ll need to treat the area to keep it from rusting. Additional polishing compound and buffing can assist smooth out any roughness that remains after the paint has dried.
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