Diagnosing Car Troubles

After I got stranded in a seemingly remote place for a few hours, I realized that I really needed to do my part to learn more about auto repair. I started focusing on my auto skills, and before I knew it, I knew enough to change my own oil and fuel filters. After spending a few weekends tweaking my ride, I was even capable of fixing minor issues on my own--without any help. This blog is all about fixing up your car so that you can enjoy the ride you have always wanted. I know that it has helped me to enjoy the road, and I know that it can help you too.

Eliminate Key Marks From Your Vehicle's Body

Automotive Blog

If an individual keyed the side of your car and faint marks appeared on the vehicle's body as a result and paint is starting to chip near the damaged area, eliminate the damage by buffing the affected area and applying automotive primer and paint over the buffed areas by completing the steps below:

Materials You Will Need

  • drop cloths
  • electric buffer
  • rotating buffing pad
  • automotive detergent
  • bucket
  • water
  • sponge mop
  • handheld sponges
  • automotive primer marker
  • automotive paint marker
  • cotton swabs
  • automotive compound

Buff The Damaged Area And Clean The Vehicle's Body

Park your car outdoors on a level surface. Lay drop cloths across the property that is next to the damaged side of your vehicle. Secure a rotating buffing pad to an electric buffer. As you hold securely to the back of the electric buffer, push the machine across the damaged section of your car's body. As the buffing pad spins, it will fade marks that were created when a key was scraped along your vehicle's exterior. The buffing pad will also eliminate small chips of paint.

After marks have faded and the treated portion feels smooth, dip a sponge mop or standard sponge into soapy water that is contained in a bucket. Move the sponge over the parts of your vehicle that were buffed. Use a hose to rinse off the vehicle's body. 

Use A Primer And Paint Marker To Touch Up The Exterior

Purchase an automotive primer and paint marker. Be careful when selecting a paint marker so that you choose a color of paint that will match the paint on your car's body. Shake the primer marker so that the primer contained in the tube is blended. Remove the marker's top and depress the pen's tip while it touches the part of the vehicle that needs to be primed and painted. Move the pen evenly along the vehicle's body. Allow time for the primer to dry.

If too much primer is released, use a cotton swab to wipe it from the car's body. Shake the paint marker and apply one or two coats of paint over the areas that primer was added to. Again, use a cotton swab to eliminate excess paint. Wait for the paint to dry before touching the vehicle's body. 

Use Compound To Blend Paint

A clear compound will soften the edges of fresh paint so that they aren't noticeable. The compound will also provide your car's body with a glossy sheen. Pour compound onto the corner of a clean sponge. Move the sponge back and forth over the freshly-painted areas. Use a damp sponge to remove excess compound. 

Contact a company like Wolfe's Foreign Auto for more information and assistance. 


3 September 2017