How to Remove Scratches from Your Car

Most drivers like to make sure their ride stays in pristine condition for as long as possible. While a few scratches aren’t the end of the world, they can be can a blemish on your otherwise perfect car. Fortunately for you, they don’t have to be. Here’s our advice on how to remove scratches from your car’s paint.

Before you get started, you’ll need to check each and every scratch you plan to fix. Do so by dragging your fingernail over the scratch. If your nail gets caught, the scratch may be too deep to fix.

Once you’ve determined the depth of each scratch, clean them carefully. The last thing you want is dirt and grime caught in your paint. After the scratches (and surrounding areas) are clean, it’s time to get started.

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Grab a tube of toothpaste and a soft cloth. Dampen the cloth and add a few dabs of toothpaste. Rub the toothpaste over the scratches in small circular motions. The deeper the scratch, the more toothpaste and time this will take.

To check whether the scratch is gone, simply lift the cloth and take a look. If the scratch isn’t visible or you’re satisfied with the result, that’s it. Removing a scratch from your car really is that simple!

Tips and Tricks for Removing Car Scratches

vehicle detailUnfortunately, car scratches and dents tend to be an unavoidable part of car ownership. Whether someone else opened their car door into yours, your kid used your car as a resting spot for their sporting equipment, or you accidentally dried your car with a dirty towel, superficial scratches are likely to happen at some point. Here are some tips and tricks for removing car scratches.

First, determine what kind of scratch your car has endured. If your car is just scratched on the surface of the clear coat, you’ll be able to polish the scratch out with compound.  Using a kit found at automotive parts stores, you can easily buff out the area immediately surrounding the scratch. If you find that you’ve removed too much of the clear coat, you may have to reapply clear coat to even out the top layer (see below).

If your car’s scratch has penetrated through the clear coat to the base coat or primer, you’ll need to actually fill the scratch in with matching paint. Once you’ve added paint or primer to the scratch, let it sit overnight. Once it has cured, use 600- or 1000-grit wet-or-dry sandpaper to sand the area just until the new paint is flush with the rest of the car’s finish. Use compound to re-gloss the area. If you find you have low spots in the scratch, repeat the process until it is 100% smooth.

If you’ve sanded through or removed any clear coat, you’ll need to reapply clear coat. Buy automotive clear coat spray intended for spot repairs, and follow the direction to properly apply the clear coat to the affected area.

If your scratch is large, deep, or otherwise needs extra attention, contact us at Friendly Ford!