How to Remove Scratches on Car Plastic

Written by gail delaney
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Plastic on cars can scratch easily, making a new car look old and worn. Taking the car to a repair shop is one way to remove scratches, but it is expensive. You can save money by learning to remove the scratches yourself. Small surface scratches are easy to remove.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Warm water
  • Sponge
  • Liquid detergent or car soap
  • Polishing product or all-in-one polish product
  • Soft towel
  • Paint pen or a paintbrush applicator matching the colour of your car

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  1. 1

    Wash the scratched area with warm, soapy water and a sponge. You must remove the dirt and debris before you attempt to repair the scratches, otherwise you risk adding more scratches. Liquid detergent or car soap both work well. Dry the area after washing.

  2. 2

    Purchase a plastic polishing product or all-in-one polish product. Apply a small amount of the polish on a soft sponge.

  3. 3

    Spread the plastic polishing product evenly over the scratched surface. Work the polish in with circular and linear motions.

  4. 4

    Buff the polish away gently using a soft towel.

  5. 5

    Repeat Steps 3 and 4 until the scratches are gone. To remove or repair deep scratches, continue to the next step.

  6. 6

    Buy a paint pen or a paintbrush applicator with a fine brush in a colour that matches the vehicle paint. Apply a thin layer of paint to the scratch. Don't press down on the pen or overload the paintbrush. For the perfect colour match, find the colour code on your car.

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