Does Your New Car Have A Case Of Cat Scratch Fever?

Your GM dealer, the Southtowne General Motors Superstore, knows that finding scratches in your paint job can really take the wind out of your sails. You pamper your four-wheeled friend, only to find that they left scratch marks all over your hood. Cats are great – dogs, too – but sometimes they get loose and end up treating your car as their own personal jungle gym!

You might not even have a pet, but there might be a few loose in your neighborhood that you have no control over. No worries, though; if you get scratches in your paint, it’s not the end of the world.  In most cases, with a few items, you can get those scratches right out. Word of caution: if these steps seem like too much, please contact the Southtowne GM Superstore, or a car painting specialist before you dive in!

First, you’ll need to wash the scratched area with soapy water and make sure you dry it completely.

If you have a dark-colored car, rub some white shoe polish along the scratched area. For a light-colored car, use a dark polish. Once this is done, wipe off the polish. You should notice that the polish is off of the paint, but it should remain within the scratches. That’s OK!

Now use some fine sandpaper, wrap it around a sanding block and dip it in cold, soapy water. Sand out the scratched area, moving up and down the length of the scratches, until they no longer stand out. Make sure you keep the sandpaper slippery throughout by rinsing it in cold water.

Once all signs of the scratches have been sanded out, next comes the polishing wheel. Take it and buff the area with a rubbing compound by rubbing in a circular motion. Remove that compound with a terrycloth towel and use a foam polishing compound to buff with a swirl mark eliminator or fine compound. You can usually get this compound already applied to a pad for the polishing wheel.

Now just wax the area to seal the surface and you should be good to go! If you have any questions or want to add any info to this post, feel free to comment, or just come and see the Southtowne GM Superstore.

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