How to Remove Black Marks From Car Paint

Updated February 21, 2017

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.

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

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. .

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.

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

Let the wax dry for about 30 minutes.

Buff the finish with a clean, soft cloth.


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.

Things You'll Need

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