Five Things You Need If You Want to Paint Over a Scratch on Your Truck

If you've scratched the paint of your truck, you may be able to fix it yourself with a bit of spray paint. You just need a few simple items to ensure the job goes smoothly and looks right when you're done. Here's what to gather:

1. Sandpaper

Before you can paint over the scratch, you should use some sandpaper to prepare the area for painting. Rub the sandpaper back and forth over the scratch following the grain of the existing paint. The sandpaper should remove extra bits of flaking paint, and it will smooth the area so that when you apply the spray paint, it looks more professional.

2. Denatured alcohol

Denatured alcohol is a strong cleaner that works on everything from glass to metal. It also evaporates quickly, ensuring that no residue is left behind that may disrupt the paint. Simply apply the alcohol with a soft cloth and rub gently over the scratch on your truck to remove any dust or dirt.

3. Degreaser

If grease is on your truck when you try to apply the spray paint, the paint will just sit on top of the grease. It won't actually adhere to the car. To prevent that from happening, apply a degreaser to the scratch and the area around it. Make sure that the surface is fully dry before doing anything else.

4. Newspaper and Tape

Once the scratched area is clean, you are almost ready to start the painting process. So that you don't get paint on other parts of your truck, arrange newspapers around the scratched area, and tape them in place. If you're only painting a very small area of your truck, you can skip the newspapers. Instead, just use tape to create a frame around the scratch and prevent the paint from hitting the rest of your truck.

5. Primer

If any of the metal of your truck is showing underneath the scratch, you cannot just paint it. Rather, you need to apply primer. Paint alone will allow the metal to show through, and that can prevent the paint you apply from matching the rest of the paint on your truck.

Finally, let the primer dry, and apply the spray paint. To apply it evenly, use short bursts and move it back and forth in a side-to-side motion. Let each layer dry before applying a new layer. Otherwise, the paint may get too heavy, and it may run.

For more information, contact B.T Ryan Smash Repairs or a similar company.