Repair scratches on wing mirror casings

How to repair scratches on wing mirror casings
You need
  • Cloth or towel
  • Spray-on factory color-matched automotive paint
  • Car polish and wax
  • Brown paper or newspaper
  • Pre-paint degreaser wax remover solution
  • Spray-on metal paint primer
  • Spray-on factory colour-matched automotive paint
  • Car polish and wax
  • Brown paper or newspaper
L: Length, W: Width, H: Height, D: Diameter

We understand that scratched wing mirrors not only compromise the appearance of your vehicle but also reduce visibility and safety. Don't worry; with the right tools and techniques, you can easily repair those unsightly scratches on your own. Scratches can happen due to various reasons, including accidental bumps, brushes with walls or objects, and even weather-related wear and tear. These scratches not only affect the appearance but can also lead to the development of rust and further damage if left unattended.

In this comprehensive guide, we will take you through the step-by-step process of fixing wing mirror casing scratches using the Dremel toolkit. As a versatile and powerful tool, Dremel makes DIY projects like this one a breeze. So, let's dive in and get your wing mirror casings looking as good as new!

Step 1 3
Apply pre-paint degreaser wax remover solution to affected area

Before you begin, ensure you have a clean and well-lit workspace. Cleaning the wing mirror casing is essential to remove any dirt or debris that might hinder the repair process. Wash the casing with soap and water, and then dry it thoroughly using a microfiber cloth. Apply pre-paint degreaser wax remover solution to the afflicted area to remove the wax from your car's paint, as well as the paint from the other car.

Step 2 3
Clean scratches with Dremel Multi-Tool and abrasive brush 473S

Start the repair process by attaching a coarse sanding disc to your Dremel rotary tool. Clean out the scratches with your Dremel 8200 with Dremel EZ SpeedClic Detail Abrasive Brush 473S. It is best to use a speed of 15.000 RPM.

Once the scratches are no longer visible, it's time to polish the casing to restore its shine. Apply a small amount of polishing compound to a clean cloth and buff the repaired area using your Dremel tool at a medium speed. Repeat this process until the casing looks smooth and glossy.

Step 3 3
Spray on primer before spraying on colour matched paint.

To ensure the repair lasts, apply a protective finish to the wing mirror casing. Follow the product instructions carefully and let it dry completely before using the wing mirror. Mask up around the affected area with brown paper or newspaper, then spray on primer, before spraying-on your factory colour-matched automotive paint to the affected area.

Tip
TIPS
  • Start Small: If you're new to Dremel tools, practice on a small area before working on the actual repair to gain confidence and control.
  • Work in Stages: Use the sanding discs gradually, starting with the coarsest grit and progressing to finer ones. This will help you achieve a smoother finish.
  • Avoid Overheating: Keep an eye on the heat generated while using the Dremel tool. Overheating can damage the casing or lead to uneven results.
  • Clean Regularly: Clean your Dremel tool and accessories after use to maintain their effectiveness and longevity.
  • Safety First: Wear safety goggles and a dust mask to protect your eyes and lungs from debris generated during the repair.

In most cases, Dremel tools can effectively repair shallow to moderately deep scratches on wing mirror casings. However, if the scratches are too deep or the casing is severely damaged, it's advisable to consider a replacement.

When done correctly, a Dremel-repaired wing mirror casing can last for a long time. The durability of the repair depends on the quality of the protective finish and how well you maintain the casing.

Repairing a scratched wing mirror casing is a cost-effective option and requires minimal effort when using the Dremel tool. If the damage is extensive or affects the functionality of the mirror, a replacement might be necessary.

Yes, Dremel tools are versatile and suitable for various automotive repair projects, such as restoring headlights, removing paint blemishes, or repairing interior trims.

Absolutely! Dremel tools are designed with safety features and are safe to use for DIY enthusiasts. Just follow the instructions, wear protective gear, and handle the tool with care.

Remember, with the Dremel toolkit and a little effort, you can successfully repair scratches on your wing mirror casing and restore the pristine appearance of your vehicle. Get ready to impress yourself and others with your DIY skills and enjoy a clear view ahead with sparkling wing mirror casings!