How to Remove Car Scratches

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HOW TO REMOVE SCRATCHES FROM A CAR: A COMPLETE GUIDE

There is nothing worse than discovering a new scratch on your car’s surface… Whether it’s a light scratch or swirls, it can be easily solved without the need for expensive repairs at a body shop. Check out the video below and our article at the bottom for a simple guide on how to get rid of scratches on your vehicle with the use of a few products at home in your garage.

Items used in this video:

Chemical Guys Gap_619_16 Black Light Hybrid Radiant Finish Color Enhancer (16 oz)

 

 

Chemical Guys WAC21116 Synthetic Quick Detailer, 16 fl. oz

 

 

 

Chemical Guys WAC_CLY_100_16 Luber Synthetic Lubricant and Detailer (16 oz)

Chemical Guys WAC_CLY_100_16 Luber Synthetic Lubricant and Detailer (16 oz)

 

 

 

Chemical Guys CLY_401 Light Clay Bar, Blue (100 g)

 

 

 

Chemical Guys MIC36403 Workhorse XL Green Professional Grade Microfiber Towel, Exterior (24 in. x 16 in.) (Pack of 3)

 

 

 

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SCRATCH REMOVERS AND POLISHING COMPOUNDS?

Differences in the formulation. Scratch and Swirl Remover products, in general, have similar performance characteristics to rubbing and polishing compounds. Scratch and Swirl Removers, however, are formulated, and product instructions are tailored, for repairing light overall finish blemishes or localized repair.

 

Deciding which scratch repair product is best for your car. If oxidation and dull finish is the focus; then Rubbing and Polishing Compounds are the best to use. If the focus is scratch repair or removal of finish blemishes, then the focus should be Scratch Repair or Scratch and Swirl removing products.

REMOVING SWIRLS FROM PAINTWORK

  • Step 1: Start by washing and drying the car.
  • Step 2: Apply the compound or scratch remover product to a soft cotton/microfiber towel folded into a 6″ x 6″ square. Spread the product to a 2′ x 2′ foot square area on the finish.
  • Step 3: Rub with firm hand pressure, using back and forth strokes, for about 60 seconds.
  • Step 4: Let dry to a light haze and remove excess with a soft cotton or microfiber towel.
  • Step 5: Continue polishing one section at a time, using a clean cotton/microfiber towel as needed.
  • Light localized scratch marks can be polished in the same manner except wrap the towel around your first two fingers and use firm finger pressure to rub the scratch with back and forth motion, 10 or 20 times in the same direction of the scratch.  Repeat application until the area improves and the mark is less visible.

TIP: Try not to polish hot surfaces or polish the paint in direct sunlight. The finish should be cool to the touch.

REMOVING LIGHT SCRATCHES

  • Step 1: Start by washing and drying the car.
  • Step 2: If possible, mark the scratch with masking tape placing the masking tape 1″ above and 1″ below the scratch in order to help the application process.
  • Step 3: Apply the scratch removing compound with a microfiber cloth in a back and forth motion for 30 seconds with firm finger pressure.
  • Step 4: Wipe dry with a clean microfiber towel and inspect the area for defect removal. Inspect the results of the initial hand application and assess whether further steps are needed.
  • Step 5: Reapply Scratch Repair and Renew until desired results are achieved or the scratch becomes clear or invisible.
  • Step 6: Repeat the process up to 5 times.
  • Step 7: Finish by applying the compound to a larger surrounding area to blend in the repair.

Tip: If applicable, and the scratch is slightly deeper or you have a large car surface affected by the imperfections, we would recommend using an orbital DA instead of a hand application as this applies higher pressure and warrants more professional results.

HOW TO GET DEEP SCRATCHES OUT OF THE CAR SURFACE

  • Localized scratch damage or other paint imperfections, such as stone chips, paint transfer, and deeper abrasions may require sanding and polishing regimen or paint repair.
  • Paint repair will require the need to fill the scratch with a matching touch up paint and/or clear coat paint resin.
  • For more severe cases, we recommend finding a professional auto repair shop near you.

FINISHING STEPS

  • Buffing an area with polishing or rubbing compounds removes scratches and blemishes, but they also remove wax.
  • Clean the treated area and reapply wax if needed.
  • Your preferred wax method will restore shine and protect the paint against many of natures elements as well as UV protectant to prevent pain fade over time.

A shiny car is a happy car! Following these steps and making sure to keep your car looking show ready wherever and whenever. Make sure to take your time and not rush for a showtime finish.

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