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How to remove scratches from a car: a step-by-step guide

Don’t let scratches on your car make you scratchy! Read on to discover a super simple guide for how to remove scratches from car exteriors with ease.


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Key steps

  1. Start by washing and drying your car.

  2. Clean using a soft microfibre cloth.

  3. Use a coin-sized amount of toothpaste for small scratches.

  4. Following the manufacturer’s instructions, use a scratch-remover product for deeper scratches.

It can sometimes feel like an expensive inconvenience, but scratches on a car can be dealt with effectively at home with some insider intel! Read on for our step-by-step guide on how to remove scratches from car paint in two easy fixes, including one home remedy solution.

When it comes to dealing with scratches on your car, always clean your car first. This will prevent further scratches from being made by any dirt or debris.

How to fix scratches on car paint: two step-by-step methods for scratch removal

Whether you have a paint scratch or wish to learn how to clean bumper scratch marks, we’ve got you covered with these two methods:

  • Here’s how to deal with light scratches using toothpaste:

  1. Start by washing and drying your car where it has been scratched. For more detailed advice check out our article on how to clean your car.

  2. Dampen a clean, soft, microfibre cloth. Ensure it is not saturated.

  3. Add a coin-sized drop of toothpaste.

  4. Working in a circular motion, rub toothpaste evenly into the scratch using a small amount of pressure.

  5. Buff out the scratch, adding another drop of toothpaste if needed.

  6. Repeat steps 3-6 if needed, but never apply more than three applications as this could damage the paintwork.

  7. Use a hose to rinse off your car and remove all traces of excess toothpaste.

  • Want to know how to remove a deep scratch from car paint? Use the following steps:

  1. Your car must be clean before working on a deep scratch.

  2. Use a specialised scratch-removal product and soft, clean microfibre cloth.

  3. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions, applying your product in a circular motion until it is evenly distributed over the scratch.

  4. Make sure you wipe away any excess product, never allowing it to dry onto the surface.

  5. If needs be, repeat steps 10-12, but always check the label as some products may only be safe for applying only once.

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With these two simple methods, scratches on your car need not be a bother! Don’t forget that if these methods don’t work, always seek advice from a professional.

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