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How to Fix Car Dents & Scratches

Mechanic Examining Scratch

Do you have a small dent or scratch that is marring the look of your Honda? You can find out how to fix a small dent in a car, and the steps you need to take to fix scratches on a car, with the service center at Middletown Honda. We spend our days making sure cars look and perform their best, and we’re sharing our tips on how to take care of small dents and scratches at home!

How to Fix Scratches on a Car 

If you want to fix scratches on a car, but aren’t able to fit in a trip to a Warwick body shop to buff it out, you can try the following tips for a quick DIY home repair: 

  • Super Glue – This temporary fix can hold you over and help mask the scratch slightly. 
  • Candle Wax – Like super glue, candle wax serves as a temporary solution. To use, gently rub the wax over the cleaned area to seal the scratch.
  • Rubbing Compound or Paint Polish – If you’re fixing a scratch on a car, you want to start with small corrections in order to avoid removing more paint than necessary. We recommend starting with light polish with a less abrasive foam pad. If that doesn’t work, you can then move up to higher-grit polishes or compounds. 
  • Wet Sandpaper – This step should only be attempted if the rubbing compound and high-grit polishes have already been tried. If you are ready to try wet sandpaper for a shallow scratch, you’ll want to make sure you’re using 2000-grit wet sandpaper. Use this to gently work over the scratch, and when the scratch is almost invisible, switch to using a rubbing compound. Follow that up with finer and finer polishes, and then a wax or paint sealant for protection. 
  • Touch-Up Car Paint: This can help hide the appearance of deeper scratches. Make sure you find the right paint match by visiting the Middletown Honda parts center. 

Washing your car before any scratch removal is a best practice, as is waxing the whole car once done.

How to Fix a Dent in a Car

Does your car have a dent you want to remove? You can try these at-home approaches in Goshen before scheduling an appointment at our service center. 

  • Plunger – Car dent plungers are inexpensive and can be used to pull the dent out. 
  • Hammer or Mallet – These can be used on the opposite side of the dent to help pop the dent out, with the mallet being used for larger dents and the hammer being used to fix a smaller dent. Use a towel or other buffer to help protect the side you’re hammering from damage. 
  • Dent Puller – This is a more involved method that should be used as a last resort, as it requires drilling a hole in the dent. Next, you’ll need to lace a wire through and pull the dent until it’s flush with the rest of the surface. Afterward, you’ll need to fill the hole, sand it down, and paint it.

Get Larger Repairs Done at Middletown Honda

While you know how to fix scratches on a car and take care of dents, you may come across a blemish that requires professional attention. If you need additional help for a scratch or dent, you can turn to the service center at Middletown Honda for help. Connect with us today or make your way to our dealership near Goshen!

 

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