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How Do You Remove Scratches On A Car? It’s Easier Than You Think!

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First off, if you’re reading this article, I’m sorry that your ride has been scratched. It may have been scratched by accident, been scratched on purpose (hopefully not!), or maybe it was scratched by a carriage, in a supermarket parking lot.

Whatever the cause, it doesn’t change the fact that it happened, and you need to do something about it, before it starts to rust, and cause more damage. And more importantly, you want to restore your ride’s beautiful finish.

But exactly how do you do it? How Do You Remove Scratches On A Car? Well, it’s easier than you think!

You can remove scratches on your car, by using one of the following methods (in order of easiest to most difficult):

  • Buff out/remove surface scratches, using toothpaste
  • Remove small scratches, using a scratch removal product
  • Sand and repaint scratched areas (If they are deep enough)

Buff Out/Remove Surface Scratches, Using Toothpaste

Remove Scratches On A Car Toothpaste

I know what you’re thinking, “Toothpaste? Are you serious?”. Yes I am totally serious! Believe me, it works, but there are limitations to this method. This method will only work if the scratch is not deep. To determine if your scratch is too deep, for this method, you can run your fingernail over the scratch.

If your fingernail catches, on the scratch, then this method will not work, since the scratch is most likely too deep, and actually lives in the Paint Coat Layer. If your fingernail does not catch, on the scratch, then the scratch most likely lives in the Clear Coat Layer, and is a good candidate, for this method.

If your scratch passes the fingernail test, and your scratch is not too deep, you use the Toothpaste Scratch Removal Method, by following these Steps:

  1. Thoroughly wash your car, either by hand (I.E. 2 Bucket Method), or by bringing it to a Local Car Wash. The idea here is to make sure that the affected (I.E. Scratched) area is thoroughly clean.
  2. Wet a clean microfiber towel, just enough so that it is damp.
  3. Squeeze a small amount of toothpaste, onto the damp microfiber towel. Usually about a 1″ round sized amount will do. If the scratch is larger than a few inches, then use about a 2″ round sized amount. Any toothpaste will work, but actual paste, not gel, usually works the best.
  4. Fold the microfiber towel in half, to evenly spread the toothpaste, on the microfiber towel.
  5. Apply the toothpaste, onto the affected/scratched area, with the microfiber towel, using circular motions, while applying pressure, to gently rub the toothpaste, into the affected/scratched surfaces. The toothpaste acts like a very fine grit sandpaper, and will start to buff out the scratches.
  6. When you’re done buffing out your scratches, you need to rinse off the excess toothpaste. You can do this by wiping it away, with another clean, damp microfiber towel.
  7. Once the affected area has been dried, check to see if the scratches are gone.
  8. If the scratch is still visible, you can repeat this process a few more times, but if that doesn’t remove the scratch, you need to stop, since more applications may damage your car’s clear coat.

Remove Small Scratches, Using A Scratch Removal Product

Remove Scratches On A Car Scratch Remover

If the toothpaste method didn’t work, or if the scratch was too deep, a scratch removal product may be what’s needed, to get rid of the scratch. Scratch removal products usually contains specialty polishing agents, which are designed to remove minor surface imperfections. They also usually contain clear polymers, or wax, to help fill in deeper imperfections.

Scratch removal products allow for quick, and easy, scratch removal, and also help remove swirls, as well. You can remove light scratches, from your car, using a scratch removal product, by following these Steps:

  1. Thoroughly wash your car, either by hand (I.E. 2 Bucket Method), or by bringing it to a Local Car Wash. The idea here is to make sure that the affected (I.E. Scratched) area is thoroughly clean. NOTE: Any dirt, or debris, left in the scratch, will only cause more scratches, with this method.
  2. Squeeze a small amount of scratch removal product, onto a clean microfiber towel. Usually about a 1″ round sized amount will do. If the scratch is larger than a few inches, then use about a 2″ round sized amount.
  3. Fold the microfiber towel in half, to evenly spread the scratch removal product, on the microfiber towel.
  4. Apply the scratch removal product, onto the affected/scratched area, with the microfiber towel, using circular motions, or back and forth motions, while applying light to medium pressure, to work the scratch removal product, into the affected/scratched surfaces. You should work it in, for at least a few minutes. NOTE: You can use either circular, or back and forth motions, but pick one, and stick to it. If you switch motions, during, you may have unfavorable results!
  5. When you’re done working the scratch removal product in, let it dry to a haze.
  6. Remove the excess scratch removal product, by buffing it away, with another clean microfiber towel, using circular motions.
  7. Once the excess scratch removal product has been buffed off, check to see if the scratches are gone.
  8. If the scratch is still visible, you can repeat this process a few more times, but if that doesn’t remove the scratch, you need to stop, since more applications may damage your car’s clear coat.

Sand And Repaint Scratched Areas (If They Are Deep Enough)

Remove Scratches On A Car Finish Paint

If the toothpaste method, or the scratch removal product did not work, or if the scratch is just too deep, there is another method. I’m going to be honest, it’s not the easiest thing to do, for the novice DIY’er. This method requires you to sand and repaint the affected/scratched areas, on your car.

Yes, this sounds very scary, but don’t fret, I can walk you through it. With proper preparation, and the right steps, it can done successfully. You can remove scratches, from your car, by sanding and repainting the scratched/affected areas, by following these Steps:

  1. Thoroughly wash your car, either by hand (I.E. 2 Bucket Method), or by bringing it to a Local Car Wash. The idea here is to make sure that the affected (I.E. Scratched) area is thoroughly clean. NOTE: Any dirt, or debris, left in the scratch, will only cause more scratches, with this method
  2. Using 2000 grit wet/dry sandpaper, sand the scratched/affected area, for about 20 seconds, to remove some top layers of paint. NOTE: Make sure that you sand in the direction of the scratch, so you don’t cause opposing scratches, in other directions!
  3. Rinse the scratched/affected area with water, to see if you sanded the scratch away. If the scratch is still there, repeat the last 2 steps, until you have reached the bottom of the scratch.
  4. Now that the scratch is gone, dry the affected area, using a clean microfiber towel.
  5. Spray the affected area, with sandable automotive primer, using a back and forth motion.
  6. Wait about 10-15 minutes for the first coat to dry. Then, repeat the last step, to apply two more coats of primer, to the affected area.
  7. Spray the recently primed area, with finish paint, which was matched to you car’s original paint code.
  8. Wait about 10-15 minutes for the first coat to dry. Then, repeat the last step, to apply two more coats of finish paint, to the primed area.
  9. Spray the recently finish painted area, with matching brand clear coat paint, to apply a clear top coat paint.
  10. Wait about 10-15 minutes for the first coat to dry. Then, repeat the last step, to apply two more coats of clear coat paint, to the finished area.
  11. After the clear coat paint has thoroughly dried, you need to wax the area you just clear coated, to seal the finished area in.

Congratulations! You Did It! Remove Scratches On A Car Congrats

Congratulation, you did it! You made it this far, without giving up. If all went well, your scratches are gone, and you kept all of your fingers and toes! LOL!

Seriously though, I hope that this Article has shown you a few different ways, to remove scratches, from your car’s painted exterior surfaces. I hope you found it interesting, and informative. If you enjoyed it, please share the love, and hit the share button!

Please browse my other articles, to learn more about how to detail your own Vehicle. Please stay tuned, to learn about more topics, tips, tricks, product reviews, etc.! As always, If you have a particular question, or comment, please feel free to ask it below.

Have a Great Day,

Jeffrey


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