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How to Fix Scratches on Car or Fix Dent in Car

Silver car with a dent on the bumper


It’s common in day-to-day life to find a new scratch or dent on your car, but it doesn’t have to stay that way. Our team at Apple Tree Honda can help you learn how to fix a dent in a car or a scratch with a few small DIY tricks. If you prefer to get some help, our expert service team is here to help. Keep reading to learn about the types of scratches and dents and how to fix them.

How to Fix Scratches on Car: DIY Tips and Tricks

If you aren’t sure if you need to go to the dealership to fix scratches on your car due to a minor marking, here are some tips to perform the fix at your home in Asheville:

  • Candle Wax – This isn’t a permanent solution, but it is a quick fix – you can gently rub candle wax over the cleaned area to seal the scratch.
  • Super Glue – This is also a temporary solution, super glue blends with the vehicle to slightly mask the damage.
  • Paint Polish or Rubbing Compound – Always start with the lighter solution when trying to fix your car’s paint before you move to something more extreme. If you do too much, it can’t be undone, and you may end up with more of a mess than you started with. That being said, another solution is to use a light polish with a minimally abrasive foam pad. If that doesn’t work, you can work your way up to higher-grit polishes or compounds. If polishing doesn’t remove the scratch, then wet-sanding is the next step.
  • Wet Sandpaper – If you have a shallow surface scratch, clean the area and rub it with 2000-grit wet sandpaper. When the scratch is almost invisible, put a rubbing compound on, then follow it with finer and finer polishes. Finally, place a wax or paint sealant as protection.
  • Touch-Up Paint: When you want to fix scratches on cars, and you have a particularly deep scratch, paint is typically available at service centers like ours outside of Hendersonville.

Fix Dent in Car: DIY Tips and Tricks

Learn how to fix a small dent in a car to keep your vehicle looking its best. Check out the tips and tricks below:

  • Plunger – When you think of how to fix a dent in a car, this may be a surprising solution. You can use a plunger from your bathroom or a specifically-made car dent plunger. Either way, this tool can help you pop out a dent.
  • Hammer or Mallet – On the opposite side of the dent, you can use a hammer or mallet to fix the dent. The hammer can be used for smaller fixes and the mallet for larger dents. To prevent damage to your vehicle, wrap the end of the hammer in a towel or something similar.
  • Dent Puller – This method is used to fix dents in cars, and it’s a bit more drastic. Only use this method if you have experience. You will need to drill a hole in the dent, lace wire through the dent and back to the surface. Once you are finished you’ll need to fill the hole, sand it, and paint over it.

How to Fix Scratches on Car: Visit Apple Tree Honda

Now that you know how to fix small dents in a car and how to fix scratches on cars, you may be able to better gauge your ability to repair your vehicle. If the damage is too much for you to handle, come visit our team at Apple Tree Honda outside of Hendersonville and Johnson City. Our staff can repair the damage on your vehicle to keep it looking better for longer. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.

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