Since the hood scoop is positioned in front of the vehicle, scratches on its surface just can't be overlooked as they detract from the vehicle's appeal. It's a good thing that these scratches can be easily eliminated, without a need for a professional's help. Here are the steps on how to remove scratches from your vehicle's hood scoop:
What you'll need:
- Car polish
- Shoe polish
- Car detergent
- Electric buffer
- Microfiber cloths
- Rubbing compound
- Sandpaper (2000-grit or higher)
Step 1: Clean the hood.
It's actually recommended that you wash the vehicle before doing any replacement or modification project on the exterior. If you think your ride is still clean to be thoroughly washed, then just pay attention to your hood. You sure won't be able to see the scratches clearly if the area is filthy. Wash the hood scoop using water, car detergent, and microfiber cloth.
Tip: A clean a surface is important if you need to do sanding and polishing. If the surface is dirty, the dirt can get rubbed into the paint of the hood while sanding, and you may just end up making more scratches to fix.
Step 2: Apply a light coat of shoe polish on the scratched surface.
The polish will serve as depth indicator as you sand the surface, so make sure you won't rub it deeper than the scratch. If after sanding for a while you noticed that the shoe polish was gone, it's time to stop because that means you've sanded far enough.
Step 3: Wet-sand the scratched area at a 60-degree angle.
Make sure the 2000-grit sandpaper you'll use for sanding is wet throughout the process. Prepare the soapy water by adding two drops of detergent in a bowl of water, and mix. Keep the mixture handy while you're sanding. After sanding, allow the area to dry completely.
Tip: It is wise to use soapy water because it makes the sandpaper slide easily over the surface of the hood scoop.
Step 4: Apply rubbing compound into the sanded surface.
The rubbing compound has fine grit that will smooth out the scratches caused by sanding. Those who have an electric buffer can apply the rubbing compound using a compounding pad. If you don't have a buffer, use a microfiber cloth instead and apply the compound over the sanded surface in circular motions. With a damp cloth, wipe off any compound left on the area.
Step 5: Polish the sanded area.
The rubbing compound may still leave some haze on the hood scoop surface. To get rid of those, apply car polish on the area. The polish contains even finer grit compared to the ones found in the rubbing compound. Besides smoothing out the surface, the polish also restores the shine of your paint.
Tip: If you have a buffer, use a polishing pad to properly apply the polish. If you don't, you can settle for a clean microfiber cloth.
Step 6: Wax the hood scoop.
After fixing the damage, apply your preferred brand of car wax to protect the hood scoop's paint.