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.

Materials Required

  • 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.

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