How to Remove Black Marks From Car Paint

Written by dianne christensen-herman
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It has happened to many of us after leaving our car in a car park. Upon return, we notice that somebody caused a black scuff mark on the car's finish. A scuff can cause a nice car to loose its sharp look, and it takes away from the appearance. It is possible to remove a mark from a vehicle's body yourself. It just takes a few items to get the scuff out without ruining the car's paint job.

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Things you need

  • Waterproof, ultra-fine grain, 2,000-grit sandpaper
  • Polishing compound
  • Clean cloth
  • Car wax

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  1. 1

    Wet a piece of ultra-fine, 2,000-grit, waterproof sandpaper lightly.

  2. 2

    Gently rub the mark on the car with the sandpaper until it is gone. Don't rub too hard, or you could break through the clear coat of the paint finish. .

  3. 3

    Apply a polishing compound, such as Turtle Wax, with a clean cloth. Gently put the polish evenly throughout the area to restore the vehicle's shine. Keep polishing until the shine of the clear coat returns.

  4. 4

    Apply a small amount of car wax, such as Liquid Turtle Wax, using a clean cloth. Spread the wax evenly throughout the area.

  5. 5

    Let the wax dry for about 30 minutes.

  6. 6

    Buff the finish with a clean, soft cloth.

Tips and warnings

  • Ensure that the wax is dry before you buff the finish. Otherwise, buffing could leave swirl marks that are tough to remove.
  • Use cotton terry towels or a very soft cloth to avoid additional scratches or marks on the finish.
  • For minor scuffs, you may not need to use sandpaper. Rubbing polishing compound on the mark may be sufficient.

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