How to Remove Scratches From Your Car

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Light scratches on a car are unsightly. Removing them from a car's exterior can be costly, but there is a solution. The trick is to use a simple paint restorer and hand-held polisher to remove the scratches from your vehicle. Read on to learn how to remove scratches from your car.

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Things you need

  • Paint restorer
  • Electric polisher

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    Buy a good quality paint renovator or restorer at an auto supply store. Borrow or purchase a circular polisher or buffer.

  2. 2

    Apply a small amount of the renovator directly onto the scratch area.

  3. 3

    Make sure you have either a new polishing pad, or one that was only used with this product. Attach it to the polisher, and set the speed at or below 1200 rpm.

  4. 4

    Press the polisher over the scratch area, and turn on the polisher. Rotate around the scratch. Move the pad over a different area using a figure eight pattern. Tilt the circular polisher slightly to one side and work with the outer edge of the pad.

  5. 5

    Remove the polisher from the car's surface after only 30 seconds to 1 minute, and repeat the process again if the scratch is still visible.

Tips and warnings

  • If you use a dual action polisher you apply soft, direct pressure without having to tilt to one side, but be careful not to use too high of speeds or you could burn through the clear coat of the paint.
  • You should never try to polish out scratches that go below the clear coat of the car's paint. You could do more damage to the paint with a polisher. Leave these to the professionals.

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