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How to remove scratches from plastic chrome

Updated April 17, 2017

Clean and unscratched chrome shines and reflects brightly in the sunshine. Although plastic chrome is durable and resists scratching, accidents happen whether you are on the road, at the mall and parked at home. You can remove light scratches from plastic chrome by washing and buffing the scratches. If your plastic chrome has a deep scratch, you may need to take it to the auto bodyworks garage for a professional repair.

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  1. Wash the plastic chrome in warm water with a sponge in a solution car-wash soap made for washing plastic chrome. The proportions of soap and water vary depending on the brand of car-wash soap you have. Mix according to manufacturer's directions. Rinse the sponge frequently in clear water to avoid scratching the chrome more. You can use a brush, but make sure it has very soft bristles so it doesn't scratch the plastic chrome.

  2. Rinse the washed area with clean water, then dry with a soft, thick-nap terry cloth or chamois.

  3. Wrap a piece of cotton cloth around your index finger. Add a dot of mild or non-abrasive polish to the tip of the cloth and buff the polish in a circular motion.

  4. Buff the polish away with a clean, dry cloth.

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Things You'll Need

  • Sponge
  • Car-wash soap made for washing plastic chrome
  • Water
  • Bucket
  • Soft thick-nap terry cloth or chamois
  • Cotton cloth
  • Non-abrasive polish

About the Author

Gail Delaney

Gail Delaney is a writer in South Dakota and has articles published online at various websites. She is the garden editor for BellaOnline, with years of gardening experience. Being the caretaker of her parents led her in the direction of medical issues, especially natural remedies.

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