How to Repair Car Dents and Scratches

Mechanic Examining Scratch

Should you find a new scratch or dent on your vehicle, we can help you fix it as well as find ways to fix it yourself. Our service team has plenty of service tips and tricks to help you keep your vehicle in top shape. Learn more about the different types of damage, the many ways to fix them, and more of our tips and tricks with our service team in Wilson ear Rocky Mount.


DIY Fixes for Scratches

If you notice a scratch on your vehicle, and it isn’t worth bringing into a dealership, but you’d still like to make it disappear, here are a few DIY scratch removal tips worth trying:

  • Candle Wax – This is by no means a permanent solution, but it will hold in an emergency. Gently rub the wax over the cleaned area to seal the scratch.
  • Super Glue – Like candle wax, this helps seal the scratch temporarily and blends with the vehicle masking the damage slightly.
  • Paint Polish or Rubbing Compound – It’s always best practice to use the least aggressive solution first so as to not damage your vehicle’s paint. If you happen to underdo it, you can always use more, however, if you overdo it, there’s no fixing it. That said, we recommend using a light polish with a less abrasive foam pad first, and working your way up to higher-grit polishes or compounds if you see that scratches still remain in your paint. Only if polishing doesn’t remove scratches do we recommend wet-sanding, the next step.
  • Wet Sandpaper – Shallow scratches are easily removed. Clean the area and rub over it with 2000-grit wet sandpaper. Once the scratch is almost invisible, apply a rubbing compound followed by a finer polish, then a wax or paint sealant for protection. It’s also recommended to wash your car before any scratch removal and wax the vehicle when done.
  • Touch-Up Paint: Usually available at service centers like ours, this fix helps hide deeper scratches.

DIY Fixes for Dents

You don’t have to let a dent ruin the style and curb appeal of your Raleigh vehicle. Try one of these simple dent fixes at home before bring in your vehicle for a service appointment:

  • Plunger – Whether it’s the plunger from your bathroom or a car dent plunger, using this tool can pop the dent out with several attempts at leveling the dent out.
  • Hammer or Mallet – Using one of these on the opposite side of the dent can help knock the spot back into place. Use the hammer for smaller fixes and the mallet for larger dents. Be sure to protect the side you are hammering with a towel or something equivalent to avoid more damage.
  • Dent Puller – Only proceed with this if you’re used to using this method as this requires drilling a hole in the dent, lacing the wire through and pulling the dent back to surface level. You’ll then need to fill the hole, sand it down, and paint.

For the Bigger Fixes, Visit Medlin Mazda

If the damage is too much for a hammer or superglue to fix, you’ll need to bring your vehicle into the Medlin Mazda service center. With our service specials, you can have your model fixed for a more affordable price. Contact us today to schedule an appointment near Greenville or to learn more.

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