Originally Posted by ansky
Somebody scraped my front bumper so now I have a large scratch about 10 inches wide by 5 inches high. It's basically just a surface scratch, not too deep. I bought some touch-up paint at my local car dealer. What should I do before applying the paint? I was thinking of sanding it down a bit but I don't know if that would make it worse. What is the best way to apply the paint? The car is too old to get professionally repaired.
This is what I'd do
Get some 1500 grit sandpaper (2) sheets
1 Large plastic cup
1 Bottle of Meguires wax in red bottle
1 Package of regular matches
Some rubbing alcohol
Clean the area to be repaired then wipe it with rubbing alcohol cut your
sandpaper into ¼'s dunk sandpaper in cup thats filled with water and go back and forth lightly, you did not mention the year, make or model so
I'll assume it has clearcoat on it this will be a white almost powder looking
stuff that will start coming off as you lightly sand.
Wipe it with a clean soft towel and use you fingernail to feel if there is a
ridge, if so repeat the above process if not take the wax and apply in
the same back and forth motion while overlapping and doing a bit past
the effected area so it blends in and brings back the luster.
If this is working so far take the rubbing alcohol and wipe over just the
area to be painted then shake your touch up paint untill your arm gets sore then switch arms you can never shake it enough
Take a piece of cardboard and drop about 10 good sized drops of paint
on it then pull out a match sitck and use the cardboard end to apply
a small coat to the scratch LET IT DRY ! then add another coat(s) until
it's filled in, taking your time here WILL pay off
After all is dry and hard at least 24hrs reapply wax very lightly again
in a back and forth motion using the blending area method.
and YES YOU can do it !