How to get key scratches out of a car door

Written by john stevens
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Unfortunately, it seems as though scratching a car door with a key is one of the inevitable consequences of car ownership. If the scratch penetrates the paint deep enough, rust can develop and cause more serious problems. The obvious way to fix key scratches on a car door is to have the door repainted. However, this can be an expensive solution. Thankfully, there exists a much cheaper alternative that can be explored by anyone with no automotive knowledge. Rubbing compound is readily available from most automotive-parts dealers and is an excellent way to fix scratches in paint.

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Things you need

  • Rubbing compound
  • Cloth

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    Wash and dry the vehicle to avoid scratching the car any further when using the compound.

  2. 2

    Apply a quarter-sized amount of the rubbing compound to a soft, clean cotton cloth.

  3. 3

    Apply the rubbing compound on the cloth to the paint surface.

  4. 4

    Work the scratched area of the door by making a firm, circular motion with the cloth.

  5. 5

    Wait for the rubbing compound to dry. When dry, the compound will appear to be a chalky white colour.

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    Remove the dried rubbing compound from the door with a clean, soft cotton towel.

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    Repeat as necessary.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not apply rubbing compound in direct sunlight or when the exterior of the vehicle is hot.
  • Keep away from heat and flame.
  • Avoid breathing the vapours produced by the compound.
  • Follow all warnings on the container of rubbing compound.

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