Top Tips for Removing Car Dents and Chips
You have probably noticed how crowded the roads seem nowadays, more and more young drivers are passing their tests and the results can be quite hair raising. Trying to keep your own car in decent condition is far from easy, as well as nasty collisions, there are supermarket trolleys, vandals and simple parking mistakes to look out for. Many of us like to take some pride in our own vehicles and there can be nothing more annoying than a nasty little dent or scratch on your paintwork appearing out of nowhere. As well as looking pretty dreadful, this type of imperfection can dramatically reduce the vehicles value. And if you are the type of person who tends to ignore this type of issue, it can soon balloon into a much larger problem. This article looks at some simple ways to deal with these annoyances without breaking the bank.
Time is of the essence
One of the biggest enemies of your cars bodywork issues is time. A seemingly insignificant scratch can quickly turn into a potential rusty nightmare. Thanks to our wonderful climate, the damp atmosphere will soon attack your car?s bare metal and start eating away. So when you see a small scratch or dent appear, it is far better to deal with it as soon as possible. You could pop over to your local car body repair shop, but you can fix most of these problems yourself, as long as you have a little time and a few bits of kit.
Tools of the trade
Small paint scratches and dents are fixable, here are the basic tools and materials that will help you do a nice job:
Sandpaper 400 to 800 grade and wet/dry 1500 & 4000
Spray paint, Primer and Top colour
Masking tape and paper
Preparation is the key
Whether you are dealing with a scratch or a small dent, the preparation techniques are the same:
Ensure your car is in a dry area such as a garage or car port
Clean the affected areas and dry them fully
Remove all of the paint and primer coat using the appropriate grade sandpaper
Clean the whole area once more
You are now ready for the next stage
Assuming that the entire area is nice and clean, you should be looking at a patch of bare metal:
Apply your rust treatment solution to the area and allow to dry
If the area is dented, apply body filler and use sandpaper to level it out once dry
Use the masking tape and paper to protect the surrounding paintwork
Apply a very thin coat of primer and allow to dry
Spray several coats and avoid any excess paint application
If possible, use a heater to increase the ambient temperature
Shake the spray can as per the instructions and apply a light coat of the appropriate coloured paint
Allow to dry and repeat this about 4 times
The final result should be smooth and fairly shiny, this will be due to the warm atmosphere
Leave to settle for 24 hours and apply the polishing compound
Remove the masking tape and apply the T-cut to blend the new coat in with the surrounding areas.
Dealing with small dents
If the paintwork has not been broken, you can usually repair a small dent fairly easily. As long as you can access the inner skin of the affected area, use a small block of wood and a hammer to push the dent out. If you have several dents to deal with, you may wish to call out the professionals to lend a hand. For a few hundred quid there are several mobile firms that will do a sterling job on your pride and joy.
You can?t guarantee that an idiot won?t reverse into your car in a busy supermarket car park, but try to leave your vehicle in the less crowded areas and near a security camera if possible. If you see a really tight parking space in town, avoid the temptation and look for something a little easier.