No doubt your Mercedes-Benz is one of your prized possessions. As such, you want to keep it looking brand new every day. This means any scratches, dents or other minor imperfections need to be fixed immediately. There are several things you can do and use to make these small repairs. Here are some of them:
One of the best ways to repair scratches on the exterior of your car is to use toothpaste on it. Many auto-body experts compare toothpaste to sandpaper, as a method for removing scratches. Toothpaste will make the surface of your car as smooth as sandpaper would. All you have to do is take a soft cloth or sponge, spread toothpaste on it and rub the scratched surface. In the case of a shallow cut, the scratch should disappear as the toothpaste fills it. Then all you need to do is wipe away the residue. Rubbing paste on a scratch is an effective way of determining how deep it actually is.
Compound, Sandpaper and Solvent
When you replace the license plates on your car you may realize that it cut into the coating and left a deep scratch. Using compound, sandpaper and solvent, you can remove this scratch yourself.
The first step is to wash the area around the scratch using dish soap and warm water. You can then wipe the residue off with a microfiber towel to protect your car’s exterior. The second step is to sand the scratch using 2,000 grit wet or dry sandpaper, though wet will be more effective. The sandpaper should be soaked for 10 minutes in cold water with a small drop of dish soap added, if you wish. Apply pressure to the scratch as you rub the sandpaper over it. You should only rub the sandpaper three to four times before washing it off. As you are cleaning the scratch its recommended that you ensure the surface is dry before moving on to the next step.
The third step in the process is to apply rubber compound. This is because sanding will dull the paint on your car. You can then use a buffing machine or your hands to rub the compound in. This step should be completed in the shade, as doing it in the sun will dry the compound faster than you want it to. You then need to put rubbing compound on the application pad and rub it over the surface until the paint starts to shine again. The final step in the process is to apply wax over your repair job to seal it in.
Choosing And Applying The Right Paint
To cover up any minor imperfections on your car you will need to touch up with the same paint that was originally used on it. You can determine the paint that was originally used by getting your car’s paint code, which you will find on the sticker that is on the door jam of the driver’s side.
When it comes time to apply the paint you will need three layers. The first layer is the primer, while the second layer is the base coat. You will then finish with the clear coat.
Applying the paint to your car is something that must be done using the correct method in order to prevent further damage of your car’s exterior. The preferred method is to brush on your touch up paint and wait for it to to dry before you apply the clear coat. After the clear coat has been applied you will need to use wet sand paper on it and polish it so that the paint looks fresh and new again.
In some ways, maintaining your Mercedes-Benz is something that is easy to accomplish. Repairing minor damages on your own can save you significant time and money over having a professional do it for you. It is best determined by how much damage your car has suffered before you commit to fixing the problem yourself.
Following directions when making these minor repairs is an important part of car maintenance. It is best to ensure that the steps you are taking to repair damage will not result in the worsening of your car’s condition.
Avoiding corrosion is something you must take care of in order to maintain the high quality of your car. Mercedes-Benz are built to endure years of use as long as you keep up with minor repairs as they are needed. Keeping your car’s surface clean, shiny and free of dents and scratches is an easy job to do. The more pride you take in owning and caring for your car the more satisfaction you will get from having it. Car maintenance is something that should always be a top priority.