How to Repair a DEEP SCRATCH in Car Paint (DIY)

Publicerades den 26 jan 2021
Learn how to repair a deep scratch in the paint of your car. In this case someone keyed my car so I will show you how to remove a deep scratch from that using a touch up paint pen. Fixing scratches in your car's paint is simple and if they are just clear coat scratches it is even easier.
To remove deep scratches you need to clean the scratch, sand the scratch, use touchup paint on the scratch, sand that paint smooth with the factory paint job, add clear coat, and wet sand that smooth with the factory paint. Then you can polish the whole panel and you are done!
Clear Coat Scratch Repair:
Paint Pen:
1000-1500-2000 Grit:
3000 Grit Sandpaper:
5000 Grit Sandpaper:
Polishing Pad:
Microfiber Towel:
Isopropyl Alcohol:

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  • خیلی خوب و عالی . Thank you

  • All your videos are clear and well-illustrated...FANTASTIC! They are the best classroom instructional style videos you can make.

  • To start sanding only after 1 hour is too little time. 24 hours minimum the paint to dry.

  • Does anyone know if this will also work on your bumper. Which is plastic not steel.

  • Stop say 'in Scratch

  • you're singlehandedly keeping me very busy during quarantine

  • What happens if you use the wrong 2 in 1 color?

  • What happens when u use the wrong 2-in-1 color?

  • Chris , your so dam detailed! I got it right now! Where to buy the paint pen???? Harbor freight Tools!?? . NOT mentioned??!

  • I'm done watching this video, now i gotta fine where to fix once i mess it up. My practice gone wrong.... lolz

  • Just WOW

  • The overenthusiasm is making it hard to watch. Please tone it down. This great info but you sound like you are hard selling it

  • This will not work on silver metalic paint, i try and it is little bit worst.

  • This guy is actually a life saver 💯

  • Despite the numerous annoying ads, this is a very helpful and well-made video. Thank you very much!

  • Do not try it by yourself. You will mess up. I can prove it

  • Needing a good video for rock dents in the body

  • great video.

  • Hey Chris, any tips on black paint? When you sand the touch up paint it turns to a gray color and no longer matches the factory paint.

    • @John Anderson I'm not sure that the polish will help as the color will be sealed by the clear coat.

    • Have the same thing, currently on touch up, the polish with abrasivness should do it. My issue is though, that when I sand, the color of sand paper transfers to the paint.

  • Wow! Amazing job and very clear step by step instructions. I hope this works for me !

  • can you make a video about how to repair motors for the windows or fix a/c?

  • where can i find something similar to this pen in europe?

  • How nasty some people can b doing that to a car.

  • Guys I don’t think this works with pearls

    • @Slimmy any photo of your result?

    • @Thibaut Hugon I didn’t really ask him to explain why, but I tried following the video. I just think it won’t come out perfect like a normal cheaper paint.

    • @Slimmy did the bodyshop explain why the pearlescent paint cannot be repaired? And reason of the light reflection? If the paint pen contains the same paint than the OEM, with the good amount of pearls... then I don’t see why it could be messed up

    • @Thibaut Hugon because I tried it and it didn’t work and I went to a bodyshop and he said you can’t really touch up pearlescent paints

    • Why?

  • I thought that the scratch is still visible and it turns out that my phone screen is just cracked

  • Very good job. I would use a polisher instead of hand polishing, but you show how it can be done by hand. All the dislikes are from body shops that lost out on the busines!!

  • None of your links work. In other words, they don't link to anything.

  • [drives over a land mine] Chris: don't worry, i'll show you how to buff that right out.

  • Dude that was alot of work for scratch

  • Awesome!

  • Would you do the same process for bigger round chips and scratches from things like rocks? My hood has a ton of them.

  • Holy AD-KILL

  • This is a lot of work

    • Still a lot less than repainting the whole panel!

  • Nice

  • Chris, has possibly the best methods, delivery and amount of enthusiasm to get the amateur “fixer” through just about anything. I’m sure there’s an incredible amount of work involved in producing such a “polished” video. Thank you, sir!

  • Same process to repair a paint chip?

  • Thanks for posting this - very detailed and clear as always! This encouraged me to take care of a massive rock chip that happened to me recently. Just posted the story on my channel. It was definitely an interesting challenge to fix since I had a black exterior. I was worried about how it was going to come out, but it looked pretty nice at the end!

  • duuude I love your dedication

  • Good work.

  • Thanks Chris Fix!

  • Can you fix my student loan?

  • Wizard

  • this is very useful i know not one thing about cars. i bought an exact match paint for my car and a clear coat to match so once they arrive i will be trying this method. thanks chris i hope it works for me!!

  • I tried this and the touch up paint doesn’t dry in an hour. Google says 48 hours which seems more right.

  • I followed Chris's steps to fix some decent chips and small scratches on my truck. As a first timer, I got really good results. Bought my truck used, and it had a bunch of rock chips, and small scratches that were down to the primer. With practice I think I can pretty good at this.

  • This video is perfect since I hit a debris on the freeway with my brand new painted bumper 🤦🏻 leaving deep scratches

  • Do you need to sand whole bonnet for a stone chip?

  • Thanks

  • my car got deep scratched today, gonna dive in and follow the steps. wish me luck.

  • This work for the whole car cuz someone went crazy on my car and it looks like crap now...I mean it was a $800 car but it's new to me and gets me were I need to no problem.

  • Thanks Chris - thorough, knowledgable and clearly presented

  • What a great job. Wish I'd watched this before doing mine

  • This should be required viewing for the people that touch up CPO cars at dealer lots.

  • Chris it’s WATER not Wooder 👍🏽🧐

  • Hi can anyone give me a idea how to repair intera plastic scratches 😱🇬🇧

  • Hi Chris - after taping things up would it matter if you used the paint pen or used a spray primer then spray can paint??? It’s the same end process ???

  • your my go-to internet car guy

  • Thanks Chris . now I can diy for my black Toyota got some deep scratches over 5 years of driving. thanks to your videos. Great job 👍

  • can you do a video on how to properly use the touch-up paint pen from the dealerships?

  • Its amazing

  • Would this work for even a black car?

  • Face reveal

  • For first timers not really knowing much I would never use 800 which I just did (goes to easily through the clear you applied) start with 12-1500

  • Over $700 to have the wing painted? Bring it over here it won't cost more than 150€!

  • Do you happen to have any videos for removing dents?

  • Great video.Perfectly explained,step by step guide. I loved the fact that you kept it simple, without too much of unnecessary blabbing (which I can't stand) . Thanks a lot ❤

  • A horse bit the hood of my car, the quote was insane. I guess I will try this...

  • This was a great video.

  • Dam lovers who do this. Called loseers

  • Thanks for the tips Chris. I'm going to repair what looks like a shopping cart chip on my 2 week old BRAND NEW truck's rear metal bumper! I have a question for you, or anyone else that wants to comment.. Does applying the touch up paint "higher" than the clear coat (as you do in this video) have better results than if you were to keep the touch up paint "lower" than the surrounding clear coat and then applying a higher layer of clear coat? I've seen other videos, as well as instructions on touch up pen sites, state to keep the paint below the clear coat and apply clear coat higher. Thanks again for the videos. Subbed!

  • Thanks for the amazing video! You have a great talent for public speaking. Clear, direct and not monotonous in any way. You have saved a lot of money for people. You deserve a LOT of credit! Well Done!

  • Chris does anyone make a Clearcoat similar to the same paint used in base coat clear coat with the hardener in small quantities. All the touch up paints are made of Lacquer Paint including the clear. I have a Black ‘99 Corvette with a scratch in the roof pretty deep that looks like it could be filled with just clear coat. The scratch is maybe 3” long maybe 3/16” Wide. I purchased the car that way believe it or not back in 2010 and lived with it. The fellow who owned the car before me dropped the roof panel when placing it inside the Hatchback area of the car. I usually use Duplicolor spray paint in the rattle cans for touch up with great results including their clearcoat. I just don’t know how long the Clearcoat will last but it buffs out nice where you can’t even tell on a basecoat clear coat painted car. Years back when GM first came out with base clear they used a Lacquer base then cleared it with the newer type of clear with the hardener mixed in. I see you can buy it on Amazon but it is pretty expensive for small work and once you use it, it is not like putting a can of lacquer clear coat where you can put it back on the shelf. The newer product has a short shelf life. I am tempted to do it all with Duplicolor clear and wet sanded and buff it out when ready. I repaired the nose on a 2006 Corvette 3 years ago with Duplicolor Rattle Can Paint. The dealer put 3 screws into the nose of the car to mount a license plate holder. Filled the 3 holes in the nose. Wet sanded the area. Used Duplicolor spray primer. Lightly wet sanded it and Sprayed the area with the Duplicolor Equivalent Red Paint and then Clearcoated it all with Duplicolor. Buffed it with Mequires and I can’t tell the difference and I am as particular as they come. The car spends more time indoors but it hasn’t changed any from what I could see. My question is if it was left out in the weather everyday it may tell a different story. The ‘99 stays indoors most of the time also. Curious of your thoughts on the subject.

  • What should i do now that ive already added touch up paint on the scratch before preparing it? My car got keyed from the back door to the front.

  • Does this work for metallic/sparkle paint? Thanks for the great video.

  • I stopped watching 📺 and started binge watching all these videos! Now I’ll have to go back to rewatch some of these videos and take notes📝 and start a Chrisfix 📓 notebook! 👍🏼

  • This video saved me. I just scratched my moms car and now I know how to DIY it thank you! Saving me BIG money!

  • Fk haters love your videos 🥰 thanks for this huge life safer :D

  • Welp I fucked up some how🤷‍♂️🤦‍♂️

  • Bravo wonderful expertise in handling the products. Mine are several patches of sidescrape on the front bumper around the size of nickel and two dimes. Would this approach work since it is much larger in width? I thought I might primer it first since it is down to the bare fiberglass I guess it is. I used that style of paint on my Subaru and it was not really a smooth result, but I didn't sand down enough. Video is very helpful step by step. I also have a dent second day I drove it to a supeermarket lot, looks like a cart ding. Can that dent be sucked out with a dent puller? Unfortunately it is right on the actual design crease mark of the side fender shaping.

  • Will this technique work if the paint is metallic?

  • It would be a perfect infomercial 👍😅

  • always a like before you even watch his videos, It is always going to be free help

  • Thanks bro . Amazing !!!

  • What if i have a line scratch across the door panel and half is clear coat scratch and the other half is deep scratch. Should i repair the whole scratch as deep?

  • Soapy "Wooder" lmao you must be from PA 🤔

  • It's amazing!

  • Awesome video Chris. I've been waiting for this one (requested it a couple years back). It was barely mentioned but good to know the primer is included in the paint, that saves a step. Now just to find a "Spruce Mica" touchup pen for my Toyota...

  • très beau tuto: merci et bravo ;)))

  • Literally have no reason to watch this video but watched the entire thing for the entertainment value

  • I bought my lady a 2018 rav4 last year after we junked her trail blazer. We were thinking about getting a black car, but we drove around the black trailblazer for so long we wanted something new. We always said we would never get a red car because of whatever reason, but the deep red on this baby was so sweet. I can't even remember why I didn't like red cars anymore. I was so worried that if one day there is a scratch on that car, it will ruin my lady. Just this month two of my coworkers have bought new cars and both got scratched within one week of purchase. Oh, I would die. My girl loves her car, and she is worried she is next for a car scratching. After watching this video, I now have the confidence to patch up my baby's car and help her get stress free when the time happens. Shoot, I even sent this to my coworker. He bought an Acura, and drove it into our work (we work at an automated car wash) and it came out scratched. He has not let it go yet, and who can blame him? Poor guy was planning on this car for almost a year. I hope this video helps him out. Thanks, man. You work wonders.

  • What if I airbrush the paint and clear coat? would seem less sanding would be involved on the end line.

  • These videos are amazing-- exactly what people need to do a good job right. Nothing that's impossible to find, or super expensive, or takes days to do. Perfect! And great job on the editing and video - it doesn't waste people's time with a lot of talk or having to watch redundant or time-consuming steps. Thanks so much for posting and providing where to get the supplies.

  • Great job Chris, thank you for the tips.

  • "Alright so I'm gonna show you how to make a PB&J sandwich. Take 2 slices of bread and before you do anything else, grab your isopropyl alcohol and rub it on either side of both slices to get all that dust and dirt off of them."

  • Just awesome. Disregard the not funny comments below

  • Why are you using other sand grit after you just told use 2,000 3,000 and 5,000

  • Awesome video. Just bought used van and has multiple scratches both surface and deep ones, but this gave me the tools to get some of them out and make er look a bit better :) thanks!

  • Great video! Thanks for sharing.

  • Love it, like your others movies, absolutely great for DIY folks like me.....respect chris