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How To Quickly and Easily Fix a Small Car Scratch

Small chips and scratches (no bigger than a pea) are a do-it-yourselfer’s dream—easy to do and cheap to boot.


  • Step 1: Polish the area with regular car wax, then wax the entire car. Good as new!
  • FACT: Even small scratches eventually will turn to rust if they are not fixed.
  • Step 2: Let the paint dry for several hours, apply a second coat, and let it dry overnight.
  • TIP: A fine paintbrush from an art supply store or the end of a cardboard match usually works better than the applicator that comes with the tube of paint. Cut the match at an angle.
  • Step 3: Wash the scratched area with car wash soap and water. Rinse and dry thoroughly.
  • Step 4: Squeeze out a small amount of paint, mix it up, and then dab it on the scratched surface only.
  • Step 5: Go to an auto supply store for a tube of touch-up paint that matches your model.

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