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How to Remove Scratches From PVC

Updated February 21, 2017

PVC is a type of plastic that is used for many different applications around the house. It is most commonly known as a type of piping used for plumbing. PVC is also becoming very popular as an exterior trim around a house. This trim is easy to install and does not warp, rot or rust like other trims when exposed to the outdoors. It is flexible and does not need to be stained or painted. Over time, PVC can get scratches and other small marks. There is a way to help cover up the scratches and have your PVC trim looking brand new once again.

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  1. Lay the piece of PVC on a flat surface. Clean the entire piece of PVC trim thoroughly with a clean rag. Wipe the rag back and forth over the piece of trim and wipe away any dirt and debris.

  2. Locate the scratches on the trim. Position a paint scraper at the top of the first scratch. Run the paint scraper carefully over the first scratch on the PVC trim. Move the scraper back to the top of the scratch and push down firmly. Run it back over the scratch.

  3. Pull the scraper over the scratch numerous times until the scratch has been removed. This may take dozens of scrapes, but the scratch will eventually be removed. Repeat the process for all of the other scratches.

  4. Sand down the area where the scratches were located with 220-grit sandpaper. Move in a circular motion over the entire surface until the PVC trim is smooth and even throughout.

  5. Wipe away any excess grit left over from the sandpaper with a clean rag.

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Things You'll Need

  • Rags
  • Paint scraper
  • 220-grit sandpaper

About the Author

Alexander Callos

Alexander Callos began writing in 2005 for "The Lantern" at The Ohio State University and has written for various websites, including Bleacher Report, Top Ten Real Estate Deals and Columbus Sports. He has published articles for CBS Sports, SI.com and other websites. He graduated in 2007 from The Ohio State University with a bachelor's degree in public affairs journalism.

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