How to Repair Car Dents and Scratches
Dents happen. So do scratches. It’s just how this world is, sadly. You can live with these garish affronts to your beautiful vehicle’s exterior, or you can learn how to get rid of them. At Major World, we’re here to help you figure out how to fix dents and scratches on your own, or, in the event of a bad one, advise you further at our service center. Learn how to repair car dents and scratches below!
DIY Fixes for Scratches
Looking for a do-it-yourself fix for scratches on your car? Here are some DIY scratch removal tips, in the hopes we can save you a few bucks on a body shop visit:
- Candle wax: Not a permanent solution, but candle wax will hold in an emergency. Gently rub the wax over the cleaned area to seal the scratch and prevent further damage.
- Super glue: Like candle wax, this helps seal the scratch temporarily and blends with the vehicle masking the damage slightly.
- Sandpaper: After cleaning your car’s exterior thoroughly, you can very carefully try to use sandpaper to attempt to get rid of shallow scratches. Take 2000-grit wet sandpaper and gently rub it over the area. Once the scratch is nearly invisible, apply a rubbing compound.
DIY Fixes for Dents
No one should have to suffer a dent on their slick Brooklyn ride. Here are some simple dent solutions. Remember, if you don’t feel confident in trying these, you’re probably best off visiting a nearby body shop or service center.
- Plunger: Yes, the one from your bathroom. With that said, they also make car dent plungers—maybe that’d be a less awkward tool? Using a plunger, you can pop a dent out over the course of several attempts.
- Hammer or Mallet: Use a hammer or mallet on the opposite side of the dent to help knock it back into place. The hammer is for small fixes; the mallet is for larger dents. Make sure you protect the side you are hammering with a towel or something—we don’t want to add more dents!
- Dent puller: This method is pretty advanced and should only be done by those who feel adept. Using a drill, make a hole in the dent. Lace wire through the hole and pull the dent back to surface level. Fill the hole, sand it down, and paint.
For the Bigger Fixes, Visit Major World
Sometimes it’ll take more than a hammer or superglue to fix a dent or scratch. In those instances, it’s time to bring your vehicle to a collision center. Reach out, and our trained staff can advise you on the quickest way and get you back on the Bronx roads scratch-free and dent-free in no time. Though if you are considering purchasing another vehicle, check out our “3 Things to Look For When Test Driving a Car!“ blog!