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How to Remove Scuff Marks From Plastic

Rubber or plastic rubbing against another item can leave scuff marks. Scuff marks are usually difficult to remove. Everyday cleaning chemicals will not remove the marks from plastic. Fortunately, there are a few tips and tricks that can remove all traces of scuff marks from plastic using simple household items. However, not all scuff marks can be removed. If the first method you try does not remove the marks, try a second method.

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  1. Scrub the scuff marks off the plastic with a magic cleaning eraser. These white, rectangle shaped foam-like cleaning pads are available in the cleaning aisle of department stores.

  2. Apply lighter fluid to a rag. Scrub the plastic item with the rag until the scuff marks are gone. Rinse the item by wiping with a damp cloth. Be careful when using lighter fluid. It is extremely flammable and should be kept away from open flames and sparks.

  3. Apply water-displacing spray directly onto the scuff marks. Allow the spray to sit on the plastic for 30 seconds. Wipe the area clean with a damp cloth. Repeat the process until the scuff marks are no longer visible.

  4. Pour a few drops of rubbing alcohol on a clean, white cloth. Rub the scuff marks off the plastic with the cloth. Add a few more drops of rubbing alcohol and continue scrubbing until all scuff marks are gone.

  5. Apply a metal, plastic and fibreglass polish, such as Flitz, to a cloth. Rub the plastic with the cloth to clean away the scuff marks. Be sure to follow all directions and warnings for your specific brand of polish.

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Things You'll Need

  • Magic cleaning eraser
  • Lighter fluid
  • Rag
  • Cloths
  • Water-displacing spray (WD-40)
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Metal, plastic and fibreglass polish

About the Author

Amanda Flanigan began writing professionally in 2007. Flanigan has written for various publications, including WV Living and American Craft Council, and has published several eBooks on craft and garden-related subjects. Flanigan completed two writing courses at Pierpont Community and Technical College.

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