How-To Remove Scratches From a Car

Problem / Solution


First, you must evaluate how deep the scratch is prior to removing it. To evaluate, move your finger nail back and forth over the scratch. If your nail gets caught in the scratch it is too deep to be removed completely. If your nail does not get caught in the scratch, it’s only on the surface and can be removed.


When removing a scratch, you should start with the least aggressive product first. Products to begin with would include: Turtle Wax Scratch & Swirl Remover or Turtle Wax Premium Polishing Compound. Rubbing compounds and pastes are always more aggressive.


It is always recommended to remove scratches and blemishes by hand opposed to buffers. Start with a clean cotton cloth or microfiber towel and apply your preferred product directly onto the cloth. Place the cloth and product on the scratch, use firm finger pressure to rub the area back and forth in the direction of the scratch.


If the scratch has been reduced, but is still visible after application repeat the previous steps for 30 seconds and check your work. After the scratch is no longer visible clean the area with a clean microfiber towel. If you’re happy with your results, proceed to the next step.


Apply product to a larger area around the scratch using the prior steps listed above. Buff the area with a soft microfiber cloth to blend the scratch application within the surrounding area.


Buffing an area with polishing or rubbing compounds removes scratches and blemishes, but they also remove wax. Clean the treated area and reapply wax using Turtle Wax Super Hard Shell Paste Wax, Turtle Wax Super Hard Shell Liquid Wax or Quick & Easy Wax & Dry Spray Wax. Your preferred wax method will restore shine and protect paint.


After following all steps, if the scratch is not removed proceed to use a heavier grit and more aggressive rubbing compound. Repeat the previous steps using Turtle Wax Premium Rubbing Compound or Turtle Wax Rubbing Compound Heavy Duty Cleaner. Note, paste compounds are more aggressive than liquid compounds. On new, darker paint finishes we recommend Turtle Wax Premium Rubbing Compound and Turtle Wax Premium Polishing Compound. On older, oxidized paint finishes we recommend cleaning with paste compounds.

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