Paint & Body Repair

Repairing Scratches and Paint Chips

Repair unsightly or embarrassing scratches easily.

Nothing quite ruins an otherwise tidy paint job quite like a deep scratch or an assortment of stone chips. But can you easily fix stone chips or scratches yourself? Sure, repairing a deep scratch or an unsightly chip in your vehicle’s paint might sound like a lot of work, but with the right paint, a little patience, and help from this handy guide, achieving a professional result has never been so easy and affordable.

How do you get deep scratches out of car paint?

Sometimes it won’t just buff out, and although in some instances you can simply hide a stone chip or a small scratch with a little touch up paint - if you want to repair the damage properly you’ll need to do a little bit more than that. To do the job properly, and fix a deep scratch in your car paint, you will sometimes need to respray the whole panel.

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How much does it cost to fix a stone chip or scratched paint?

Unfortunately, repairing even the smallest scratches and chips can cost upwards of a few hundred dollars if you take your car to a professional body shop.

With a little bit of effort though, you can fix damaged paint for less than $100, and if you put in the right amount of care and follow the steps thoroughly, your repair will be practically unnoticeable.

Bumper repair

Before you begin

Ensure the vehicle is parked in a well ventilated area, but protected from dust and dirt. Exposure to contaminants could end up damaging the newly painted surface.

Even though it is far safer than it used to be, Automotive paint can still be incredibly harmful if breathed, and it can also irritate your skin and eyes - therefore, always wear appropriate safety equipment.

Step 1

Step 1

Obtain the paint code off the vehicle, usually found in the door jamb or under the bonnet on the majority of vehicles. Visit your local Supercheap Auto Superstore and have the paint mixed to your requirements.

Step 2

Step 2

Clean the repair area and surrounding substrate with wax and grease remover.

NOTE: Use one cloth to apply and another to wipe the surface dry.

Step 3

Step 3

Mask off the repair area using masking paper to protect the adjacent panels.

Reverse mask the area to avoid sharp edges.

Step 4

Step 4

Sand the damage with 180 grit dry sanding paper.

NOTE: Depending on the severity of the damage, a complex repair may be necessary.

Step 5

Step 5

Feather paint edges of repair area with 320 grit sanding paper.

Step 6

Step 6

Clean the repair area and surrounding substrate with wax and grease remover.

NOTE: Use one cloth to apply and another to wipe the surface dry.

Step 7

Step 7

Using masking tape and paper, mask off the repair area in preparation for primer surfacer application.

NOTE: Reverse mask the area to avoid sharp edges.

Step 8

Step 8

Apply two to three medium coats of Color Spec primer surfacer. Look for any large bare metal areas and use Color Spec Etch Primer first.

NOTE: Shake can vigorously for 5 minutes after the ball bearings begin to rattle. Look for small dents in the base of the can.

Leave for 5 minutes dry time between each coat. For best results leave for 4 hours or overnight before sanding.

NOTE: After primer application, invert can to clear nozzle.

Step 9

Step 9

Unmask repair area and firstly sand with 600 grit dry or 800 grit wet and dry sandpaper to remove surface imperfections and sanding scratches from the repair process.

Step 10

Step 10

Prepare surrounding area with Meguiars Ultimate Compound to assist with adhesion.

Do not compound repair area!

Step 11

Step 11

Clean the repair area and surrounding substrate with wax and grease remover.

NOTE: Use one cloth to apply and another to wipe the surface dry.

Step 12

Step 12

Using masking paper and tape, mask off complete panel in preparation for the paint application to ensure to overspray onto adjacent panels. Reverse mask the area to avoid sharp edges.

NOTE: Test spray to ensure you have accurate spray control.

Step 13

Step 13

Apply a minimum three coats of Color Spec base coat. Make sure primed area is fully covered to achieve correct colour match. Leave for 5 minutes dry time between each coat. For best results, leave for 40 minutes to dry.

NOTE: After paint application, invert can to clear nozzle.

Step 14

Step 14

After the base coat is dry, apply 2-3 coasts of Colour Spec Acrylic Clear. This is required for UV protection and to match the original gloss finish. Blend clear over wider area than repair. Leave to dry for a minimum of four hours or overnight.

Step 15

Step 16

After drying finish with Meguiars Ultimate Compound to achieve a smooth gloss finish. If there are any dirt inclusions or imperfections sand with 1500 grit wet and dry sandpaper first.

Step 16

Step 16

Congratulations! Your repair is now complete, but make sure that you treat it with care and leave your new paint for at least 60 days before applying a wax.

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