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Maybe a grocery cart went awry in a parking lot and hit your car, or your keys scraped the door handle. Either way, you know what that means: a nick or scratch in the finish. Left untouched, a minor cut could lead to rust down the road, so you’ll want to get it patched up.
Sure, you could pay someone to make the blemish vanish, but you may be able to take care of it yourself. Many small scratches can be easily fixed right in your own driveway.
First, evaluate the magnitude of the damage. Examine the scratch carefully, and use your hand to determine how deep the scratch is. If you can’t feel the scratch, it hasn’t pierced the clear coat of paint most newer vehicles have above the base color paint. If you can feel the scratch, it probably hasn’t gone past the base color paint to the metal. If you can see bare metal, it’s a deep scratch.
Unless the scratch is considerably long and/or wide, or there’s a big chunk of base color paint missing, you can still do the job yourself. Try these techniques to get it done right.