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

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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  • I A
    I A4 timmar sedan

    Is this applicable to metallic paint?

  • Carlos Gutierrez
    Carlos Gutierrez4 timmar sedan

    I just pay

  • Surf Widow
    Surf Widow8 timmar sedan

    23:17 A bit ASMR 50shades... 😂🤣🤣😂😳😵 I think I heard the car groan with pleasure! HAHAHA! :)x

  • RinxLen
    RinxLen11 timmar sedan

    I challenge you to fix damage done by me.

  • J
    J18 timmar sedan

    Awesome... although this job is way cheaper than the $700+ quote, it's definitely more expensive than a $15 pain pen. Everything from spray bottle, dish soap, dish sponge, rubbing alcohol, multiple sand papers, polish, polishing pad, paper towels etc. Not everyone can do it, but I'd rather pay the $700

  • Reddit Spy
    Reddit Spy23 timmar sedan

    thx dude. iself got a crack in the paint. atleast, it looks like a crack, its definately something done to the paint. though im gonna try to fix it just using the color and gloss paint. atleast now i know what do with a more serious scratch with this vid.

  • Propolizei
    Propolizei23 timmar sedan

    Pretty cool.. but what about some "specific" colours... Not white?

  • Francesco Cacciola
    Francesco CacciolaDag sedan

    i have some scratches on my scooter, do that process also works on plastic surfaces or there is something similar?

  • Mortem Troll
    Mortem TrollDag sedan

    My ex bf keyed the side of my father's car, this video is a bless for me. Thank you

    GTR LOVERDag sedan

    Man your great!!

  • Josh Todd
    Josh ToddDag sedan

    For 15 bucks a paint pen does wonders... oh and like $30 worth of sandpaper, polish, buffing pads, sponges, gloves, soapy wooder, and alcohol. Oh and about an entire day's worth of your time... pretty sure if you're like me and put a monetary value on your time that is more than like 30 bucks an hour, you're better off just getting it repainted.

  • D Griffo
    D GriffoDag sedan

    Those results are impressive

  • Hamid Balabeyli
    Hamid BalabeyliDag sedan

    Hi ChrisFix! Your videos are very helpful. I wish you good luck! Quick question: You use that soapy water a lot. I'm curious, what kind of soap do you use? Can it be a car soap like wash N wax, or it should be very basic soap, that does not contain advanced chemical materials like wax or oils. Should it be simple cleaning soap? Thanks in advance.

  • Shingi Sa
    Shingi Sa2 dagar sedan

    This is just amazing 🥲

  • Laura Beckwith
    Laura Beckwith2 dagar sedan

    My car got scratched with a shopping cart 😟. I need an easy cheap fix.

  • John Norris
    John Norris2 dagar sedan

    Your hard work pays off, Still the best automotive how-to channel on youtube, at least the best I have ever come across.

  • Jian Oconnor
    Jian Oconnor2 dagar sedan

    Soapy Wooder ! Hahaha, America's contribution to the English language; along with Catsup .

  • Kevin Gentry
    Kevin Gentry2 dagar sedan

    GREAT video! 👊

  • sagi fern
    sagi fern2 dagar sedan

    If I m not satisfied with the result, how to remove the coating layer and restart the procesd? (plastic bumper)

  • Hector Alex Suazo

    Hector Alex Suazo

    14 timmar sedan

    Scratch it back lol. Just kidding. Same here. I want to know. I have a honda civic 2019. They use the cheapest paint ever. Front bumper its full rock chips. I'm scared that i will make it look worse.

  • Satujoda Srivathsav
    Satujoda Srivathsav2 dagar sedan

    Hi Chris! I just started watching your vids and I have probably binged most of them. And to think you live so close to where I m (New Brunswick)is unreal . I got my first car like 8 months back... it’s a 2016 golf r.... kindly consider making some videos on a golf... the way you explain things is nothing short of amazing.. thank you

  • Rafael Costa
    Rafael Costa2 dagar sedan

    This. Is. Incredible!

    EAZY GFX3 dagar sedan

    4:12 or with some cars in the engine bay

  • Dr. Vinnie Boombatz
    Dr. Vinnie Boombatz3 dagar sedan

    White is probably not the worst color to match, but on my silver metallic Ford, the color of the touch up pen is nowhere near the color of my car, which sucks ass 😨 It´s an original touch up paint pen and the paint of the car hasn´t really faded and still looks great

  • Steve Grimes
    Steve Grimes3 dagar sedan

    Thanks, your graphics are excellent!

  • Cueseca
    Cueseca3 dagar sedan

    I would pay Chris to just do the job for me lol. After just 5 days I managed to chip the paint on my new car and I would love to have Chris fix it, sadly its not a Maserati its just a Tesla so I don't even know if its worth it.

  • Eendm1
    Eendm13 dagar sedan

    Can anyone else confirm that this process worked for them too?

  • Jessica Parker
    Jessica Parker4 dagar sedan

    He said at the beginning it wouldn't look like the panel was resprayed, but it kinda looks like it was resprayed 😆

  • heryone heryone
    heryone heryone4 dagar sedan

    Thanks your informstion

  • Andrew Coles
    Andrew Coles4 dagar sedan

    Really good job. If you would have just sanded the entire fender after and sprayed the entire fender with some 2K Clear it would have been even better

  • DutchHobo


    4 dagar sedan

    Cool, ill wait for your video!

  • CraigBMM
    CraigBMM5 dagar sedan

    wow Chris .amazing video .. you do an awsome job covering the steps .. .. just amazing production to this video .. nice work here .. looks incredible

  • Misery MySweet
    Misery MySweet5 dagar sedan

    Chris you're like the best thing.

  • RealEstateEric
    RealEstateEric5 dagar sedan

    Wow. This is the best touch up paint DIY I've ever seen. Incredible result!

  • Brian Marty
    Brian Marty5 dagar sedan

    I’m truly impressed. A homeless guy scratched the hell out of my car at a stoplight and then fled on his bicycle. I don’t care if it’s not quite perfect since it’s my daily beater/commuter so I’m not going to pay a body shop. I’m going to try to do as you’ve shown. Without close inspection the scratch is no longer visible. I have three large circular scratches on two panels, one is the hood. It will be a lot of work but I will try.

  • VasiaKorobkin


    5 dagar sedan

    Please let me know how it’s gone. Wish you good luck and looking forward to hearing from you

  • nibblecat1
    nibblecat15 dagar sedan

    What to do if i scraped against a rock and it left a large white scrapey scratch rather than just one long one?

  • Fire Daddy
    Fire Daddy5 dagar sedan

    You can get a factory quality paint jobfor your entire car in Mexico for $850

  • Fadak Studio
    Fadak Studio5 dagar sedan

    You’re talking too much you can do it in five minutes

  • victor CM
    victor CM5 dagar sedan

    I need that paint pen for my 4runner beige color code 587 but I couldn't find it

  • samthegamer3001
    samthegamer30015 dagar sedan

    dishsoap and witer

  • AnotherKakarot
    AnotherKakarot5 dagar sedan

    So how does it actually look when the wax is gone? Able to see the scratches again?

  • Fig Bat
    Fig Bat6 dagar sedan

    I wish you didn't drag on your videos so so so much and just get to the point omg

  • Josara Guevara
    Josara Guevara6 dagar sedan

    awesome! now i can "clean" my bumper from that cement wall!

    A DAY IN THE LIFE OF TOFU7 dagar sedan

    This is a good lesson to fix my scratch. thanks

  • lyne dilim
    lyne dilim7 dagar sedan

    Thank you for sharing👍..just learn where can I find the colour of my car😃

  • slice39
    slice397 dagar sedan

    This dude is the truth!!!

  • roberto
    roberto7 dagar sedan

    where can I buy one of those paint pens?

  • Deon Joubert
    Deon Joubert8 dagar sedan

    Excellent video. I can't believe anyone would watch this and then dislike it, but it takes all sorts... Is there any merit in using less white paint? I'm thinking, you are filling the scratch with white paint until it bulges out, then you make it smooth and level, then you add clear coat. When you add clear coat at this stage, it will sit on top of the level white paint and be higher than the surrounding surface. If you then smooth that out, are you not removing all the clear coat? What if you put white paint down, say two coats and then built it up further with clear coat, before leveling it? I know it will be difficult to get a white coat just exactly in the scratch and keep it inside the scratch, but even you can do it in some places, then you will be leveling clear coat on clear coat. Do you think that would work?

  • chris men
    chris men8 dagar sedan

    Can I use turtle wax compound and a polishing finish?

  • Cloudie S
    Cloudie S8 dagar sedan

    What about if it’s a rock chip the size of like 2 rice?

  • Humberto Martinez
    Humberto Martinez9 dagar sedan

    Bro when the guy from Ammo did a touch up video, his fix was as crappy as it gets, bro yours is perfect

  • patrick nemec
    patrick nemec9 dagar sedan

    Chris, i believe your vids are some of the best available. Fully informative and entertaining as well. Thanks

  • Casper
    Casper9 dagar sedan

    If its only a rock chip do you still recommend sending the whole panel?

  • f00fightrs
    f00fightrs10 dagar sedan

    The car you worked on was solid white. Will this technique also work on metallic paint with flakes? I have a Tesla Model 3 in Midnight Silver Metallic. I got the official touch up paint, and plan on using your method to the letter.

  • Stephen Smith
    Stephen Smith10 dagar sedan

    I just followed your process, but I found that when I sanded the scratch after applying the clear coat, I ended up sanding it off ... If you sand the paint so that it's even with the surrounding area, when you add the clear coat, won't you be above it, therefore making it easy to sand it off ? Am I missing something ? Thanks.

  • James Gol
    James Gol10 dagar sedan

    Great video! Someone keyed my car. Any advice for a vertical scratch? When I apply paint, start at top or bottom? My scratch is about 8" vertical.

  • thecrafter154
    thecrafter15410 dagar sedan

    Body shops hate him find out how he fixes a deep scratch with one easy step love you Chris keep up the good work you are saving me thousands

  • Dennis Byrne
    Dennis Byrne11 dagar sedan

    I appreciate you sharing your obvious wealth of knowledge! Thank you!

  • f00fightrs
    f00fightrs12 dagar sedan

    Was in the middle of paint correction and was excited to use this method for removing 1 scratch…. But there’s no way I can let it cure for 30 days :( I have a 2 inch line deep scratch on the hood… what’ll happen if I let it cure for a day before applying ceramic coating??

  • Rekdify
    Rekdify13 dagar sedan

    I polished the panel of my black car and the paint now appears faded instead of shinier, is that temporary? What should I do to fix?

  • Brian Short 21
    Brian Short 2113 dagar sedan

    I love how he went 26 cents over the cost lol 😂

  • The Lone Power Ranger
    The Lone Power Ranger13 dagar sedan

    Thank you saved me lots in these hard times

    SS CAMARO13 dagar sedan

    Would this sork for like rock chips too big and small? Id imagine so?

  • minecraftfan page36
    minecraftfan page3614 dagar sedan

    What if the car companie is out of Business?

  • Patricia Shears
    Patricia Shears14 dagar sedan


  • Shannon Riley
    Shannon Riley14 dagar sedan

    Thanks for the video, I used your method to repair several deep scatchs on my 05 cvpi.

  • Frostensen
    Frostensen14 dagar sedan

    What would be the process for acrylic paint that already has clear coat in it (as far as I understand it is painted and just polished later)?

  • Janet Fjeldstad
    Janet Fjeldstad14 dagar sedan

    This video was so helpful! I squirreled up enough nerve to touch up a few dings on my Mini Cooper S. Thank you

  • Landoe
    Landoe14 dagar sedan

    Good job!

  • Muppet
    Muppet15 dagar sedan

    Chris fix, I watched many other paint chip, scratch videos and your vid was 100%. Alot of secrets out in the open. That was amazing , top job 10/10.

  • RehaRock
    RehaRock15 dagar sedan

    I watched it without any pause .. why? How? It was like a meditation.

  • Cameron Shackelton
    Cameron Shackelton15 dagar sedan

    I followed the video but I think I made it worse 😭

  • Slashley gibbins
    Slashley gibbins15 dagar sedan

    You so sound like the doods from bill and teds excellent adventure, so most excellent and totally triumphant.

  • Vlad Ivanov
    Vlad Ivanov15 dagar sedan

    I don't understand, why you firstly fill scratch with base paint to the level, and then add clear coat on top of it. So after polishing excessive coat back to the level, isn't all the clear coat will be gone and reveal naked base paint? And besides it, according to your slides, clear coat should take bigger part of whole paint layer, but what you are doing is opposite.

  • Kairan Frederick
    Kairan Frederick16 dagar sedan

    @ChrisFix does it matter whether the paint pen has a felt tip?

  • Ashley Riley
    Ashley Riley17 dagar sedan

    This video is super helpful and has easy to follow steps. You make that look so easy! Thank you!

  • MidnightMuncher
    MidnightMuncher18 dagar sedan

    You should do a video on how to get dents out

  • Brah
    Brah18 dagar sedan

    Not sure how you came up with this technique but it was very impressive. Subscription earned 👍

  • Dimitriy G
    Dimitriy G18 dagar sedan

    All the thumbs down are the body shops

  • James Arnold
    James Arnold18 dagar sedan

    WOW ! You must have went to the Harvard School of car cleaner! Amazing work!

  • Marek Caban
    Marek Caban19 dagar sedan

    Hi, can I use these steps to repair scratch on metalic paint too?

  • DIY Mike
    DIY Mike19 dagar sedan

    I bought a brand new 2021 Silverado and put a big gouge in the side of it. Watch this video about six times as I was doing it just to make sure, six beers later and it looks great. Thanks man

  • Nikolas Samson
    Nikolas Samson19 dagar sedan

    Gonna be trying this next week, just waiting on my paint pen to be delivered !! Wish me luck

  • Patricia
    Patricia20 dagar sedan

    Omg I just found this video after I messed it up. How can I get it off and start with your way! Please help

  • Ashlie Coffey
    Ashlie Coffey20 dagar sedan

    Does this work well on a black car

  • B Humphries
    B Humphries20 dagar sedan

    This might sound kinda silly. But, I definitely don't want to screw this up. I was thinking about getting a panel off of a junk car and practicing on it a couple of times before I actually work on my own car. I've never done anything remotely even close to this. And I don't want to cause even worse damage. My car gets tiny chips on the front end from loose gravel on the road. It sucks living in country areas. They constantly drop loose rocks down some of these country roads, supposedly to help add better grip and traction control. But, I am gonna practice a few times and see how that goes first. Practice makes perfect, right?..

  • ChrisFix


    20 dagar sedan

    Practice is not a bad idea!

  • Natalie GaNun
    Natalie GaNun21 dag sedan

    Any tips for doing this on the edge of a bumper where it’s not a flat surface?

  • ChrisFix


    20 dagar sedan

    It is definitely tougher on an edge.

  • 0 1
    0 121 dag sedan

    Those macro shots

  • ChrisFix


    20 dagar sedan

    Thanks for noticing!

  • frank browning
    frank browning21 dag sedan

    Incredible video and results!!!!! Really well explained, illustrated and performed. After watching this I know I can perform the fix on my car. Thanks for the video!

  • 5 phút sáng tạo
    5 phút sáng tạo21 dag sedan

    Thank you for your useful sharing

  • vdoxsamp
    vdoxsamp21 dag sedan

    Holy hell, 750 dollars. I can do that in Portugal for 150 euros, 200 or 300 if you don't know the right people

  • Jughead885
    Jughead88521 dag sedan

    If its rusted doesnt it need a base coat of some kind before applying the paint?

  • D Garratt
    D Garratt22 dagar sedan

    Wish I would of found this video before my attempt using others videos.

  • simón simón Top gun
    simón simón Top gun23 dagar sedan

    Thanks 🙏🏼

  • Danto's Inferne
    Danto's Inferne24 dagar sedan

    oh sweet! i didn't realize you weren't supposed to seal/wax/coat it after doing this for a month! i just got a car and it has some scratches and chips I want to fix, and i want to learn how to detail the paint, but i was feeling overwhelmed at having to do paint repair AND correction AND learning how to properly wash it AND learning how to properly seal it LOL looks like i won't have to rush it, phew! it'll be a lot easier to break this down into a few project days over the course of a month vs doing it all in one or two days!

  • kani fuker
    kani fuker24 dagar sedan

    Now let's see the same scratch and fix on a black car, cheers.

  • Edward
    Edward24 dagar sedan

    Nothing about sanding through the surrounding paint to the primer?

  • Anthony's Rugged Films
    Anthony's Rugged Films25 dagar sedan

    Nice job. I appreciate the honesty about your work.

  • Gail D
    Gail D25 dagar sedan

    The guy talks too much. Please stick to the facts only.

  • The Umbrella Man
    The Umbrella Man25 dagar sedan

    Could this be done on the bumper?

  • docx
    docx25 dagar sedan

    got so many scratches like this on my car, gonna try it on a safer panel like the bumper first and if it turns out good I’ll move to sheet metal.

  • Skylz
    Skylz25 dagar sedan