How to Repair a Scratch on your Mustang
You've got a scratch on your Ford Mustang. You've tried polishing it out and you've tried rubbing compound. Neither has helped. Turtle Wax has a product that may help you get rid of that scratch.
- One or two microfiber or cheesecloth towels
- Turtle Wax Scratch Repair Kit
- Car wash kit
Step 1: Wash
Before you can begin to get rid of the scratch, you have to make sure the scratched areas is clean. Wash it with a quality car wash product, rinse it thoroughly and then dry it with your chamois.
Step 2: Apply Proper Repair Compound
If the scratch is through the paint, you're going to want to use touch up paint. If the scratch is just in the clearcoat, you'll only need the clearcoat repair compound. The clearcoat repair is like a styptic pen. There is a small button that needs to be pressed to prime it. Use the repair kit box for this. Carefully follow the scratch with the clearcoat repair pen and allow It to dry completely. In warmer weather, this may take as few as ten minutes. In colder weather, you may wish to allow it to dry overnight.
Step 2: Mask Off the Repair Area
Use painter's tape for this. It won't leave a residue when you remove it. Apply the tape approximately one inch above and one inch below the scratched area.
Step 3: Wet Sand
The Turtle Wax Scratch Repair Kit comes with four small square wet sanding pads that are numbered one through four. If you have used touch up paint, start with number one as it is a heavier grit. If you've only used the clearcoat repair pen, use the number two. Spray the lubricant on the repair area and squirt some on the sanding pad. Using light pressure, rub in the direction of the scratch about twenty to thirty times. Repeat this process for pads number three and four. You're now finished with the Turtle Wax Scratch Repair Kit.
Step 4: Polish
Use a high quality polishing compound such as that from Turtle Wax or Meguiar's. Apply this using moderate pressure perpendicular to the sanding you did. When the polish just starts to haze over, use your microfiber or cheesecloth towel to remove it. Apply a second layer of polish using circular motions and moderate pressure. Use a clean portion of the towel for the application. Again, when the polish just starts to haze over, use a clean portion of the cloth t to remove it.
Step 5: Wax
All this washing, sanding and polishing will remove the wax from the immediate area surrounding the repair. You will need to use a high quality wax and apply a good coat of it. Use fairly light pressure and apply it in circular motions. Use a clean section of the towel and use circular motions to remove the wax. When the towel begins to drag, turn it and use a clean section. Once the wax has been removed, use a clean section of towel to buff the paint and wax to a high shine.
Remember, this process should be done out of the direct sun and in temperatures between 65 degrees and about 90 degrees for optimal results.