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How to Repair Paint Scratches on Your Collector or Vintage Car

It’s a car enthusiast’s nightmare; you return from the auto show to find several small scratches on your beautiful, mint condition, vintage vehicle. It’s not a reason to stop taking your beautiful car to shows, but it does require immediate attention.

Understand your paint
First, you need to know exactly what type of paint you have. If the paint job is original and the car was built in the 1920s, 1930s, or 1940s, it may be enamel or acrylic lacquer.

Check to see if there’s a label under the door sill or hood. You may be able to get a color code and paint type, there.

Without a label that offers definitive answers to your questions about paint type, it’s possible to use a tiny bit of lacquer thinner on a hidden spot of paint. If it easily moves the paint or lifts it, your paint is enamel. If you can only lift the paint by rubbing it firmly, it’s lacquer. If lacquer thinner has no effect on the paint, it’s urethane, which means the paint is not original.

If your paint is enamel, it may have a clear coat. This is another important piece of information. Sand a small hidden spot on the car’s paint job lightly by hand. White dust comes from clear coat. Colored dust means there isn’t a separate clear coat layer.

Assess the paint scratch
The first and most important part of repairing a scratch is being able to see it clearly. Remove wax, oil, and dirt from the vehicle’s surface over and around the scratch.

If the scratch appears white, it’s penetrated the clear coat. This can lead to clear coat failure around the scratch, which means oxidation, possible clear coat chipping along the scratch, and eventually rust.

A permanent DIY fix for clear coat scratches
For clear coat scratches that you can feel with your fingernail, there’s no more reliable DIY solution than Quixx High Performance Paint Scratch Remover. In fact, a leading consumer magazine rated it #1 among competitors and called it “the best car paint scratch remover in North America.”

A famous German luxury vehicle manufacturer now relies on Quixx to protect their cars. Everything necessary to permanently remove clear coat scratches is included with the kit. During the repair process, Plastic Deformation causes paint to flow back into the missing area to fill in the scratch. The included finish formula restores the original shine.

Scratches that reach the primer require matching paint
If you can see primer under the scratch, you’ll need to replace the paint in that area. This may pose a problem for owners of vintage or antique cars. Online paint matching services may be able to help.

Unless you are willing to hire an auto body repair shop repaint the entire panel, you’ll have to make do with a careful repair job. After cleaning the area around the scratch, use a tiny paint brush from a hobby store or a toothpick to tap touch-up paint into the scratch.

Be careful not to overlap the touch up paint on top of the paint surrounding the scratch, or you’ll see a bulge. After the paint dries, you can seal your patch with the Quixx Paint Repair Pen. It contains genuine clear coat, and its precision tip allows you to apply it directly to the scratch while minimizing overlap.

You’ll need a protected spot in the shade, so you don’t end up with pollen or dust embedded in the repaired area. Make sure you also have excellent ventilation.

No matter what type of repair you perform, choose a day when the temperature is between 65 and 80 degrees and the humidity is less than 60%. This will help your paint or repair products perform at their best.

If a clear coat scuff or scratch has you in a panic, and you know for sure your car’s paint is compatible with modern materials, Quixx’s car paint restoration and repair products are the answer.

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