How To Fix Paintwork Damage, Chips And Scratches

There’s nothing worse than spotting a scratch, flaking or scuffs on your shiny bodywork – and it always seems to be careless drivers bashing their doors into your dream machine!

Fixing scratches and chips should be a common job for many motorists, but many choose to leave it to the professionals or just not bother to fix them at all.

Here’s our guide to getting those nasty blemishes removed from your bodywork yourself, so you save money on an expensive fix and enjoy a smooth, scratch-free car once again.

Before you start, you’ll need:

  • Protective gloves
  • Safety glasses
  • A dust mask
  • The right product for your type of damage (see sections below)

Light scratches

Light scratches on the surface of the paintwork can usually be fixed by polishing. To find out if the scratch is light, run a finger over it – if you can’t feel it, then it can be polished. Grab a fine cloth and some clear polish and start buffing the scratch. If you feel confident, or already have a polisher, then you can use this to remove surface scratches.

Deeper scratches

If you can feel the scratch, or can see that it has gone down to the primer or metal, then you’ll need a more comprehensive solution. Scratch repair fluids like T-Cut are often the best solution, as they’ll not fill the scratch as well as providing a suitable colour match. Remember, you’ll need to know the exact name or code for your car’s paint to be able to get the right match, so check your car’s documents or look for a code in the glove box or inside the wheel well. Grab a very light grit abrasive pad suitable for repairing paintwork and clean away any rough edges. Then, apply the T-Cut or scratch solution to the scratch. T-Cut may take some times to cure, so try to fix the scratch in good weather conditions and try to avoid driving for 24 hours or so.

Damaged paintwork and scuffs

If the damage to your car goes beyond superficial damage, then the repair jobs becomes a little more complex. You may need to apply a filler if your car’s bodywork has been damaged.

If this is the case, then you’ll need to smooth the damaged surface using a fine grit sanding block designed specifically for paintwork, or potentially a buffer if the damage is particularly bad.