Getting dings, dents, and particularly scratch can’t be avoided. It can be quite distressing if your white car has scratches.
Fixing a scratch in a white car is quite different from the ones with a different color. It’s almost impossible to find a color that can match it.
Curing can be a difficult task. The process of eliminating the scratch will be based on the age of the paint as well as the period that it was exposed to the element.
If there’s a will, there’s a way no matter how tedious it is. A step by step guide will ease you through.
But you have to gather first the materials that you need.
- Touch up paint that is properly matched to your car’s color
- Clearcoat (if a car has a clear coat)
- White primer (the scratch is deep down to the metal surface)
- Microfiber towel or cheesecloth
- Alcohol wipes
- Wet ‘n dry sandpaper,1 200 grit
- Polishing compound
- Scratch removal product
- Small-sized pointed artist’s paintbrush
- Car wax
- A soft-bristled, new toothbrush
- Painter’s or masking tape, half-inch wide
- Old newspaper
Guide in Covering the Scratch on your White Car
1. Prepping up the Surface
Clean the car that results in exposing the real shade of your car. It’s recommended to clean the car in an area that is well-lit.
The hue of light is not as reflective as other colors, so you have to gather the light as much as you can. The touch-up paint won’t be applicable if you don’t clean your car like it was the day that it left the factory.
You must get rid of the etched-in dirt on the paint, so you should not skip this step.
Using a Clay Bar
A clay bar is awesome when removing crud and etched-in dirt. In order to attain its optimal capability, the instructions should be strictly followed.
If you fail following the instructions, your intention of repairing will instead bring more harm. So keep in mind that you get something which is with high quality and doesn’t fail to follow the instructions.
Clay bars are presented in different colors, which represent the level of abrasiveness. You can opt for a less abrasive one as it would be fine to get a more abrasive one when called by necessity.
When you applied a more abrasive bar than what is required, you would need to repaint the entire car. But if you follow all the correct answers, you will have a silky smooth and reflective white surface.
Your car’s surface will be free from any contaminants. Your car will look brand new, and it matches your touch-up paint with no difficulty.
2. Need to Prepare the Scratch
Some residue may be found on the scratch after the claying process. Using a toothbrush can help you to remove every bit of residue and other gunks from scratch.
You also need to brush the scratch for some minutes to get rid of all the dust. The next thing that you should do is to check how deep the scratch is.
You can do it by snagging your nail into the clear coat and the color coat. This discovery may not please you but in a good way as metal barely shows.
Scratch and make the edges smooth as white paint is usually very hard. It flakes off at the edges, so you have to feather the edges.
A 1 200-grit sandpaper is suitable for feathering the edges of the scratch of cars that are 15 years old, and they don’t bear a clear coat. You need to obtain firm edges of the sandpaper so you can fold it multiple times.
The firm edge can feather the scratch without damaging the surrounding paint. If you use your fingers rather than the sandpaper, you will get worse results.
There will be a wide strip of paint that would blend it, so it will be a difficult job to handle due to the hardness of the paint.
On the other hand, use some polishing compound on a microfiber towel for a car with a clear coat. Wrap around the towel on your fingers to smooth out the scratch’s edges.
Make it as narrow as possible, and don’t apply unnecessary pressure. You have to do it as you only need to polish the edges, not remove the clear coat that occupies the surrounding of the scratch.
Work on the small section at a time, and it would take you a few seconds. There are two steps to remove the residue from scratch.
You have to wash the panel and use a toothbrush to brush the scratch. There’s no need to rush doing this as your aim is to remove dust that may get stuck in the scratch.
3. Taping Off the Scratch
When you have successfully smoothened out the edges of the scratch that doesn’t snag a finger, you have to do this step. Tape the scratch so the surrounding paint won’t be affected by anything.
Some scratches are straight, and they may miss seeing it. You can use a ballpoint point to trace those tiny scratches but don’t use too much pressure.
You don’t want to make the scratch deeper. You are only required to delineate the scratch so you can put the masking tape easily and accurately.
There’s no need to worry about the ink from the pen as it can be easily eliminated by an alcohol wipe.
The application of tape
It is recommended to use a half an inch tape so you can easily trace the scope of the scratch. Stick the tape down so you can figure out both sides of the scratch.
This step is necessary so you can expose the scratch. It would be more difficult to apply the touch-up paint evenly if you explore more of the undamaged paint.
If you also apply more touch-up paint, you will have to deal with a difficult blending of the repair on the adjacent paint. You can achieve a professional result when you make the gap narrow on either side of the scratch.
It should be between the tape.
You need to press down the tape firmly on the part that you’re working on. It’s important for the paint not to seep underneath.
The tape shouldn’t stick around for too long. The touch-up paint would dry quickly if you remove the tape for some time.
Blending and polishing will give you much trouble.
4. Masking Off the Area
When you apply a clear coat through a spray, you need the assistance of a mask to avoid over-spraying. Make sure you cover the panel that you’re working on.
But it’s not bad to cover the whole side of the car. It gives you enough room to apply cleaning or sweeping motion when spraying on the clear coat.
You only need tape and newspaper to mask the area. You can begin with tape strips.
See to it that there are no gaps, so the clear coat doesn’t get into the newsprint.
5. The Touch-up Paint
Use an alcohol wipe to remove dust, and when you use a ballpoint pen. Don’t allow a single hint of ink to stay in scratch.
You can dip the pointed brush into the touch-up paint. No paint should be hanging on the brush, so you should wipe off any excess.
You should apply the paint in a clean, sweeping movement. It might not fill the scratch on the first pass, but it’s fine.
You can repeat the brushing for 3 or 4 times. Give 10 minutes between two applications.
It’s a technique that makes the coating bind subsequently. Three or four coatings are fine, so avoid filling it up to the level of the tape.
6. The Application of the Clear Coat
The final color coat should have been drying for ten minutes when you apply the clear coat. It may not look like anything, as it is considered a clear substance.
It creates a layer over the color coat, so don’t mind adding more. You can add another coating if necessity calls for it.
But you have to let it dry first for 10 minutes. Don’t make the repair so thick.
7. Removing of the Tape
It’s time to remove the tape once the layer of the color coat has dried. The challenge on this part is that you should prevent taking away the paint as it sticks to the tape.
If the paint is still wet when you remove the tape, the touch-up paint will be stuck in the scratch. You would meet a terrible outcome of the steps that you’ve completed at this point.
A bump may rise from scratch. Don’t bother getting your hands on it as it needs time for curing.
8. Waiting Time
The paint applied to the area needs time to harden. The paint applied to the area needs time to harden. You have to wait at least seven days and up to ten days.
The car should remain unwashed so water won’t enter the part for repair. Touching it won’t make it better.
9. Scratch Removal
Using a scratch removal will level out the surface. The surrounding paint should reach the repaired area closely.
The time consumed on this step is based on the size of the area that needs repair. You can lessen the height of a certain area by wrapping a microfiber towel around your fingers.
Make sure that you even out the surface. You can use sandpaper too.
10. Polishing the Part for Repair
Once the paint and the surrounding area that needs repair to mingle, it would look flawless two to three feet away.
A microfiber towel is a good material for polishing. Skip on using compounds for rubbing and burnishing.
They may be abrasive and create more scratches and marks. Polish a single section at a time to ensure that you’re doing a careful job.
The repair would be invisible as long as the touch-up paint matches the color of your car. It’s the greatest challenge in covering scratches on a white car.
What Would you Expect in Doing All of the Steps?
White paint is very hard in nature as it is composed of titanium oxide, which is seventh on the list of Mohs Hardness scale. All in all, you need to polish the area under repair and single-stage paint.
White can get dirty easily. You have to be cautious when doing each step.
The technique is that you should not be in a hurry when doing so. Be attentive and meticulous with the details.