Quick fixes for minor paintwork damage on a car

Quick fix for minor paintwork damage on a car

It doesn’t matter where you park, the chances are you’ll get some minor paintwork damage to your car at some point during it’s lifetime.

Car parks and on-street parking have many potential risks for minor paintwork damage to your car:

  • Carelessly opened neighbouring car doors
  • Vandals with keys
  • Shopping trolleys and buggies
  • Kids on bikes and scooters
  • Bags with buckes and zips
  • Inept drivers and people not used to on-street parking

Even in your own garage, you can scrape the paintwork accidentally yourself.

Whatever has happened, we recommend getting ahead of the rust by acting fast. These 3 quick fixes will help minimise the damage and make your car look spick and span again.

3 fixes for paintwork damage on a car

1. Protect the damaged area with wax polish

As soon as you notice the damage, clean the area off with soap and water and dry. Then apply some bog standard bodywork polish to the area. This will seal off the paintwork temporarily and stop any rust setting in.

Wax polish lasts a while but will eventually wear off. You will still need to take further remedial action to stop a small scratch becoming an expensive bodywork rust repair.

2. Cutting polish such as T-cut

To properly seal a minor scratch you can use a cutting polish such as T-cut.

T-cut, or any other car bodywork polishing compound, will help remove scuffs that go a bit deeper into the paintwork.

To fix the damage to your paintwork, first clean and dry the area thoroughly. Then apply the cutting polish according to the instructions.

Cutting compound or polish will often completely remove minor scratches and scuffs that damage your paintwork. For example it will normally completely remove transferred paintwork from another vehicle that has scraped up against yours.

Cutting polish will protect your paintwork and stop moisture getting under the paint and onto the body work to cause rust.

You will need to reapply the cutting polish every couple of months if you’re happy to live with the minor visual damage.

I’ve had a scratch on my own vehicle for over 3 years which I’ve treated with cutting polish and it hasn’t got any worse. In fact I barely notice it’s there anymore.

3. Clear car lacquer

For a longer lasting seal, apply clear car lacquer to apply after the cutting polish.

You can buy this from any motor supplies outlet. It looks a bit like clear nail varnish (don’t use nail varnish!) and usually comes with a small brush for application.

Applying the lacquer with a brush is more accurate than spray and will look neater. Even if the spray seems tempting because it’s quicker, stick with carefully applying the lacquer on with a brush.

The lacquer works better than touch up paint because it’s clear and is more forgiving of an unsteady hand. Plus, you might not always find an exact colour match for the paintwork on your vehicle.

Clear car lacquer will seal the area more effectively and last longer than wax polish.

Pro tip: Put masking tape right up to either side of the scratch for a neater job. This way you’ll avoid blobs of lacquer and get the neatest possible finish.

Deep scratch repair

The only way to fix more serious paintwork damage, such as a deep scratch, is to respray to the area. We don’t offer respray services, but the Leicester company we use is Autofection Ltd.

Call Autofection Ltd on 0116 254 8527 if your car has significant paintwork damage and needs a respray.

We can help with the little scrapes and scratches

If your car has some minor damage we can help. Luka has a keen eye and is a dab hand at minor touch ups. If we can make it look right, we will.

If you’d like to have a chat, get in touch using our contact form or give us a call on either of these numbers:  0116 3190 118 or mobile  07850 881 911.

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