For car owners, maintenance of their vehicle’s appearance is just as important as maintaining the main engine.

You wouldn’t want to drive a vehicle that doesn’t look good and impressiveWith car wash services all around the country, it is easy to maintain your car’s luster and polished appearanceUnfortunately, you can’t control the happenings in your carExternal factors such as accident scratches happenBut what about car keying?

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You could be the receiving end of the “keyed car” tag. And most of the time, there’s no way to know if someone will do this to your car. For example, your partner might take his or her grudge in your car instead of you during a fight. When things like this happen, how would you fix a keyed car without wasting a lot of money?

The unwanted “keyed car” marks

In its simplest definition, car keying happens when someone or something scratches a car’s surface (either accidentally or intentionally) by a key’s small tip. Because the tip is quite small, the mark is not that grave, but it is still noticeable. You can even get your car keyed if you’re not very careful enough about your keys. Most of the time, this form of vandalism is used to get revenge or by random encounters.

Car keying is a form of vandalism, which means that in some places, this petty act is charge-able. If someone keyed your car, you could call the police for help, as it is illegal and a crime. It is still damaging to the property, which is the reason why the police can be called to assist in the case.

Unfortunately, the police itself cannot do anything major for this crime. That is unless you have a camera or any surveillance devices installed, which can prove who did the keying. But if you want an easier path, you can fix your keyed car and protect it.

How to erase car marks and scratches?

Before you continue with the tutorial, you should first assess the damage in your car. You will likely be able to fix it yourself if it is at the surface level or the clear coat. Do this by spraying water in the area. If the scar is in the clear coat level, the water can fill the scar, making it disappear for a moment. However, if the scar remains, the scar is too deep to fill with water. In this case, take your car to a professional car exterior repair shop.

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The things you’ll need:

Here are the things you’ll need to go through the repair:

  • Paint – The same kind as your original car color
  • Masking tape – For covering the surrounding area
  • Sandpaper – With the grit of 1500 to 3000
  • Clearcoat – Make sure it’s in a spray can
  • Microfiber cloth – For cleaning up
  • Primer – If you take it too far with the sandpaper
  1. Clean your car for an easier paint job

Before sanding or painting, you need to make sure that your car is free of dirt and dust, or at least the area surrounding the scar. Any dust and dirt residue will be caked to the newly painted exterior if these things are not removed. In addition, you will get an accurate look at what extent the keying is done to your car exterior. You can clean the part with soapy water and a microfiber cloth. Make sure that before doing sanding and painting, the car is completely dry.

  1. Separate the scar from untouched areas

This thing will make you avoid touching the “okay” part of the car while painting. The masking tape servers both as a protective layer and an outline for the paint later on. Masking tape is fine if you’re sure you can accurately target the area. For bigger areas, you can tape newspapers in the surrounding area instead. Make a wider protecting layer if you’re going to use spray paint.

  1. Know the damage level and start sanding

It’s not that noticeable, but there are different layers in the exterior of the car. These layers serve a lot of purposes. Here’s how the layer is structured:

  • Wax – It is the finishing polish of the car.
  • Clear-Coat – It protects the car from UV rays and other natural damage.
  • Paint – It should be the same color as your original car.
  • Primer – The bonding agent
  • Car Body

Take your sandpaper (2,000-3,000 grit) and start wet sanding until the scratch is barely visible. Do not apply more pressure necessary, as you can scratch accidentally sand through the primer layer. If that happens, you need to reapply the primer, prolonging this step. The upside of reaching to the primer is the minimal visible differences between the good area and the newly painted area.

  1. Cover the car scratch with paint

In this step, you should consider the paintbrush you’ll going to use for better results. We recommend finer paintbrushes for smaller scars. Also, make sure that you get the color of your car right before applying the actual paint. If you’re uncertain about the color, search for your car’s OEM information online to see the exact match. Once you’re satisfied with the touch-up, it’s time to protect the paint.

  1. Coat the area to protect the paint

To protect the paint, you need to reapply the clear coat that you sanded earlier. Most clear coat products are in spray form, making it easier to apply evenly. Apply the clear coat according to the instructions on the paint can.

  1. Polish and wax

If you find any uneven surface after applying the clear coat, use 2,000-grit sandpaper to even it out. Respray if needed. Wipe the area using the microfiber cloth before waxing the area. You must wait until the cloudy part of the paint has gone before applying the wax. Let the wax dry and wipe with a microfiber cloth for the last time.

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