The Ultimate Guide for Removing Car Scratches

car scratches

We have all seen cars with scratches before. Personally, it makes me think why a beautiful vehicle should stay damaged while it can be fixed easily! In this article from Junk Car Removals, I’m gonna share my knowledge about different ways you can use for removing car scratches! Let’s dive in and learn them one by one.

Removing car scratches that are thin and not deep

Have you ever put something on the car’s hood and see it leave scratches on the car after you’ve picked it up? These thin scratches can easily appear on the car paint. Here I’ll teach you how to quickly remove them.

These minor paint scratches are not expensive to remove and you can do it quickly with something around 30 dollars.

For removing car scratches that are in this category, you should first check to see how deep they are. First, see if your fingernail glides across the scratches or catches in the scratch. If it glides, it means that the scratch is minor and you can polish it out effortlessly. If else, you should take your car to an expert to help you out.

thin car scratches

You have probably heard people using toothpaste for removing scratches or have seen it in DIY videos. This method works for removing car scratches that are thin and shallow.

In the case of minor scratches, you need a dual action polisher unit (a portable drill will do the job as well), polishing pads as well as 3,000-grit sandpaper, polishing, and rubbing compound. You’ll also need a microfiber towel. You can find these items at auto parts stores around you. They’re not that hard to find.


Handling shallow Car Scratches: Simple Steps

Below, we’ll walk you through the process in a few simple steps. Let’s begin to make your car as good as new!

  • Step 1: The first thing you should do is wash your car and dry it up. Then, wet the sandpaper as well as the shallow scratch. Now you should sand the scratch lightly, without pressing hard, to make the scratch look dull and flat. The finished look shouldn’t be obvious. Then, use a microfiber towel to clean the surface.
  • Step 2: Now, spray some rubbing compound on a polishing pad to spread the compound around.
  • Step 3: Use a polisher or drill at 1,200 rpm on the area and you’ll get a light haze.
  • Step 4: Use polishing compound again to shine place that once the scratch was!


Repairing Small Scratches (slightly deeper than the previous category)

This type of car scratch is slightly more obvious than the ones we discussed above. If you glide your fingernail on this type of scratch, your nail can’t slide smoothly and will be stopped by the scratch. They are deeper since they have damaged the car’s base coat. But you can use our method of removing car scratches for them to make your car look nice again!

small car scratches

You’ll need some tools and materials such as rubbing and polishing compounds and a microfiber towel. Here’s how it works:

  • Step 1: Wash your car completely and wait for it to dry up.
  • Step 2: Now, pour some of the scratch-removal product onto the scrubbing pad. Don’t use too much product and only a quarter-sized bead.
  • Step 3: Apply the material on the pad directly to the scratch. And rub it on the area as well as its surrounding.
  • Step 4: Use your microfiber towel to wipe the residue. Rub the towel on the area until it’s completely clean. Don’t leave any residue behind.
  • Step 5: Do the above-mentioned steps a couple of times. Until the scratch is gone.

How to handle deep car scratches

These scratches can be a bit tricky to remove, but not as hard as you think! You only need to be patient with the scratch and follow the steps carefully. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed. You need sandpaper, a microfiber towel, a polishing pad, an automotive primer, car wax, masking tape, and paper for this instruction.

deep car scratches

  • Step 1: Wash your car completely and wait for it to dry.
  • Step 2: Now, use 2,000-grit sandpaper to sand the scratched area. Do this carefully until reaching the metal panel of the car. Keep in mind that you should sand in the direction of the car scratch. If you do it backward, you’ll end up with more scratches.
  • Step 3: Now, use the paper and masking tape to mask off the area. This way, you don’t need to worry that the primer and paint won’t spread to other areas of the car.
  • Step 4: Use automotive primer and spray it across the area. Then, wait for it to dry.
  • Step 5: Use your car’s matching paint and spray the area with it. If you are unsure what shade to use, you can look into your car manufacturer’s specs to find the code used to paint your car. Spray a rather heavy amount of paint on the intended area and let it dry.
  • Step 6: The last step is to polish the painted area to make it look even with the rest of the car’s paint. Use a small amount of car wax on a microfiber towel or a polishing pad and rub it in a circular direction to remove the polish completely.

Last Words

You can always use the help of an expert for removing car scratches. But if you can’t remove them yourself and your car is beyond repair, you can always get cash for junk cars and choose car recycling options around you.


It was as simple as that! Have you ever tried any of these methods? If so, comment below and share your experience with us. Do you have any other method for removing car scratches? Let us learn from your expertise!

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