You can save a lot of money by doing some of your own auto repairs. You may be surprised at what you could actually. Below are some steps on how to fix rust or scratches on your car so it can look new again.
Repair Surface Rust
It is not difficult to remove a small area of rust from your car as long as the rust is on the surface and has not eaten completely through the car. This is easy to tell as you will see a hole if it has. Scrape at the rust spot a little to see if you still see paint or primer underneath. Primer is generally a grey color. If you do see paint or primer, then the rust is only on the surface.
Use approximately 120-grit sandpaper to sand over the rust spots until you get down to bare metal. When the rust is gone, enlarge the sanded area so you will have space to paint. You will now need to prime and paint the surface so your car will look new again. You can find paint at an auto parts store. To make sure you get the right color paint, you need to find the factory paint code on your car. You should find this under the hood or inside the door of your car. Take this code with you when you purchase the paint.
Scratches can take away from the aesthetics of your car. Fortunately, you may be able to repair the scratches on your own if they are not really deep. Look at the scratches closely and see if you still see paint underneath them to ensure the scratch is only on the surface.
Clean over the surface to remove any dirt. Purchase some polishing compound at an auto parts store. This compound usually comes with a pad. Place a small amount of the compound on the pad and wipe it over the surface area. If it did not come with a pad, you can use a microfiber cloth. Use about 12 to 15 strokes and then use a clean microfiber cloth to buff the surface dry. The scratch should now be gone.
Purchase some touch up paint at an auto parts store using the paint code. Apply the paint carefully over the area. Let the paint sit for approximately 24 hours to ensure it completely dries. After this time, use a piece of wet sandpaper with approximately 600 grit and lightly wipe over the area to smooth it out.
If you still have rust or scratches on your car or you are having problems doing any of the above, take your car to an auto body repair shop to have it repaired.