So, you have a few scratches on the body of your vehicle and you’re thinking of re-painting to increase the value and the cosmetic appeal of your car or truck. Although dings and dents accumulate easily on a vehicle, they can be expensive to repair. Luckily, you can do a good portion of the job at home by using relatively inexpensive materials. You can prepare the surface of your car for paint by using glazing and spot putty. This is designed to smooth the surface of your car so that when it is painted, the imperfections are no longer visible.

Step 1

Select the glazing and putty compound you will use. You can find compounds at your local auto parts store. Some putties, or fillers, are sold separately from the glazing compound; however, there are some brands that combine the two for easier use.