Minor scratches

Tiny
MARIA ELENA
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  • 2016 TOYOTA COROLLA
  • 20,000 MILES
I scratched my hood and windshield when cleaning the snow off my car. How would you recommend fixing this?
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Tuesday, March 14th, 2017 AT 1:45 PM

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Tiny
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Back in the late 1970's there was a liquid car wax called "Star Brite" that would melt a light film of the paint so it would fill in small scratches as it was rubbed around. You might ask at some auto parts stores if they have a similar product.

Be aware that today most cars have a dull coat of paint, then a clear coat is painted over that. If the scratches are deep enough to go through the base color down to bare metal, the best bet is to have the panel repainted.

If the scratches only go through the clear coat, you might ask at various new-car dealers if they have a person who comes in periodically to remove small dents from their newer trade-ins. We had a guy from a company called "Dent Craft". He used special lights to see the little ripples, and tools to reach behind panels to push the dents out. After that, if necessary, the parts department supplied him with a small bottle of touch-up paint to take care of the scratches. He did not just brush the paint on and leave it. Somehow he made the scratches totally disappear. I had him do that twice to my 1993 Dodge Dynasty, and to this day, I cannot find where the damage was.
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Tuesday, March 14th, 2017 AT 3:39 PM

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