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How to Fix a Car Dent or Scratch

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Even without car-care experience, there’s a lot you can do to maintain your Hyundai vehicle at home in Centerville. Minor damage like small dents and scratches in your car’s exterior are an easy fix that can save you money! In the guide below form Voss Hyundai, learn how to fix a dent in a car body and how to fix scratches on car paint.

How to Fix Scratches on Car Paint

While deeper scratches may require that you schedule professional service, it’s easy to fix scratches on car paint if they don’t go beyond the clear coat. Follow these steps for how to fix scratches on a car by buffing and waxing:

  1. First, determine how deep the scratch is. Minor scratches that don’t go beyond the clear coat can be fixed at home with household supplies.
  2. Get your cleaning supplies together. You’ll need 3000 and 5000 grit sandpaper, soap, a bucket, a sponge, and a towel.
  3. Be sure that your supplies are clean! Clean equipment will prevent dirt or debris from scratching the paint while you clean.
  4. Clean, rinse, and dry the area around the scratch.
  5. Tape off the scratch. This way, you’ll keep track of where it is as it fades.
  6. Spray the taped-off area and your sandpaper with water.
  7. Sand down the area you taped off. For deeper clear coat scratches, start with 3000 grit sandpaper and move to 5000 grit. For shallow scratches, start with 5000 grit.
  8. Continue sanding and spraying with water until the scratch is gone.
  9. When you can no longer see the scratch, clean the area with soap and water.
  10. Polish with a microfiber cloth, and use another clean to clean away any excess polish.
  11. Wax the area to protect the clear coat and paint.

How to Fix a Small Dent In a Car

Serious dents and scratches many require you to order replacement parts or schedule service, but that’s not the case when the problem is small! Just like you can fix minor scratches, you can learn how to fix a dent in a car body or bumper if it’s minor. Whether you drive most in downtown Miamisburg traffic or Kettering highways, dents are a fact of life. Keep your car looking sharp with these popular DIY methods for how to fix dents in a car:

  • Suction cup method: Basic suction cup dent puller tools are available at most Bellbrook-area Hyundai parts departments. By creating a strong vacuum, the suction cup allows you to pull the dented area back out.
  • Hair dryer & mallet method: This method can be very effective for drivers with a little bodywork experience. To fix a dent in car body panels, remove the dented panel and heat the dent for several minutes with a hair dryer. Then use the mallet to knock the dent back into place.

Find Expert Hyundai Bodywork and Repairs in Dayton

Now that you’ve learned how to fix scratches on car paint and how to fix small dents, why not pick up a few more cash-saving DIY skills? Whether you’re rotating tires or performing an oil change, the experienced service team at Voss Hyundai is standing by to answer your car-care questions. Don’t hesitate to reach out today!

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