How To Fix a Car Dent or Scratch

Have you ever found a car dent or scratch on your Chevy vehicle and wondered how to fix it yourself? Ken Garff Chevrolet explains how to easily remove scratches and how to fix a dent in a car to keep the sheen of your Chevy Equinox paint job. Ken Garff Chevrolet can also help you fix a dent in your car at our Chevy body shop. We'll also help you determine if a scratch or dent of your vehicle might be a sign of more serious damage, which requires professional care. Our service professionals at Ken Garff Chevrolet, near Lehi, are happy to help with this and other issues, such as resetting your check engine light!

How to Fix Scratches on Your Car

Finding scratches on your car is always frustrating. Depending on the severity, you might be able to fix scratches on your car yourself. While some scratches can be buffed or waxed off, others aren't so simple to remove. Unfortunately, a few scratches while driving around Orem are inevitable, but they can always be removed, which helps retain the value of your vehicle. There are different types of scratches, but the most common is clearcoat scratches. Follow along below as we explain removing clear coat scratches from your vehicle.

Removing Clearcoat Scratches

Clear coat scratches only affect your car’s clear coat, and they are the most common type of scratch. Maybe it happened when you drove down that gravel road, or maybe your dog jumped up on the side of your car because he was so happy to see you. Regardless of how and when it happened, removing clearcoat scratches is easy.

  1. Clean the area around the scratch with soapy water and a towel. You want to make sure that no dirt or debris accidentally gets rubbed into the paint and causes more damage.
  2. Next, tape off the scratch around it so you'll know exactly where it is. Otherwise, as you start fixing the scratch, it may become difficult to see where the scratch is.
  3. Once the area is taped off, you should gently sand the scratch down. If the scratch is deep, use 3000 grit sandpaper; if it's not too deep, use 5000 grit. Smooth out the area by going against the grain of the scratch.
  4. Before you start sanding, spray down the scratch and the sandpaper with water. Continue to respray and sand the scratch until it disappears. If you started with 3000 grit, move to the 5000 grit to blend the scratch into the surrounding area.
  5. When the scratch is no longer visible, clean the surface again. Then, with a microfiber towel, use a swirling motion to add "fine" polish onto the area. Once the area is polished, use a clean microfiber towel to remove any excess polish and lightly buff the area.
  6. Add some wax to the surface to protect your clear coat and add a protective layer to your paint.

How to Fix a Dent in Your Car

Small dents are just part of being a car owner in Provo. Fortunately, minor dents can often be fixed at home. Don't let a small dent ruin the appearance of your car. Anyone can fix a dent in a car with one of these methods below:
  • Pick up a suction cup dent puller from your local auto parts store, or from the parts department at Ken Garff Chevrolet. With this tool, you can create a strong vacuum with the suction cup, making it easy to pull out a dent.
  • Another popular method involves a hairdryer and mallet, but it requires that you remove the body panel to fix it. Use the hairdryer to heat the area around the dent for several minutes. Then take the mallet and gently knock the dent back into place. The heat from the dryer expands the metal and makes it easier to be pushed back into shape.
  • You could also use boiling water. Simply boil a pot of water and pour it onto the dented area. Then you'll want to reach behind the bumper to pop the dent back. The water should make the plastic more flexible.
  • One more way to pop a dent out of a vehicle is with a long metal rod and knockdown. When your vehicle gets a dent, it's typically more than just the metal that bends. Using some type of tap down tool and a metal rod can help you bend the dents out from the opposite side.

Let the Professional Service Techs at Ken Garff Chevrolet Fix Your Car

Although you can find many DIY scratch and dent removal methods online, there's a lot of skill required to do it properly. You could even cause more damage. If you live near Spanish Fork or Eagle Mountain and want to be sure your scratch or dent is repaired correctly, why not bring it into Ken Garff Chevrolet? Have questions about dents, how to fix a dent in a car, or other vehicle maintenance procedures, such as tire rotations and tire numbers? No problem. Call our service department or make an appointment online. Check out our service and parts specials, even read the Chevy Traverse reviews, and then contact us today!

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