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Cars / Trucks / Vans Category: Body Appearance


Nicks, dings and other small scratches on the vehicle.

Tools / Materials (See Below for Applicability):

  • Appropriate touch-up paint in a jar/container (identical vehicle color match)

  • Fine-pointed brush (like what an artist uses)

  • Scraper

  • Appropriate auto body rubbing product: polishing compound that is of fine grit

  • Wax and grease remover, like Klean-Strip Prep-All Wax & Grease

  • The lid of any can to be used as a miniature paint tray

  • Rags/cloths



No one wants a nick, ding or other scratch on their vehicle, so what is one to do? It may sound like a daunting task to repair, but you can easily get rid of such an auto body imperfection. 

Caution: When dealing with chemicals, such as those found in paint and wax remover, make sure you take precautions; read all product manufacturers' instructions.

To make your nick, ding or other minor scratch no more, you'll need to take the following steps:

  1. Closely assess the scratch to determine if there is any loose paint around its edges; if there is, carefully scrape off the loose paint with a scraper and then use auto polishing compound (with a rag/cloth, as need be)  so as to make the scratch area as smooth as possible in order to ultimately match the complexion of the rest of the vehicle. 

If the scratch does not have loose paint around its edges, all you need to do in the preparation of the use of touch-up paint is to remove the wax on the area with a wax and grease remover.

  1. Follow the manufacturer instructions of the touch-up paint, including the instruction of shaking the paint jar/container as is necessary.

  2. Pour a small amount of the touch-up paint onto a lid of any can, to be used as a miniature paint tray.

  3. With a fine-pointed brush, apply a coat of the paint onto the scratch, making sure this first paint coat is thin.  Wait for this coat to dry for 15 minutes.  Then, apply up to two additional paint coats just as before, with 15-minute intermediate drying periods between each such coat application, until the scratch is adequately covered.

  4. After allowing this paint application to dry/cure overnight, lightly apply auto polishing compound (with a rag/cloth, as need be) to make the affected area as smooth as can be relative to the auto body overall.

That's it.  Should you choose to forego professional auto body services, follow this guide to get rid of your vehicle's imperfection in no time.

Ed the Handyman


Your Handyman Zone Team


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