DIY Steps for Removing a Car Scratch

bodyworks auto rebuildA car scratch is definitely an eyesore. Perhaps a child bumped into your car while catching a ball or some bozo hit your vehicle while opening his car door. Either way, you have a visible scratch that stands out like a sore thumb. Car scratch removal is best left to an auto painting service, though you may be able to remove it yourself with a few DIY tricks.

The DIY Scratch Removal Process

  1. Locate the factory paint code. This comes in the form of a white sticker or plaque with a bar code. This is usually located on the doorsill or under the hood. It contains the code you need to find the matching polishing compound color.
  2. Clean the surface area around the scratch using water and a cloth.
  3. Apply a small amount of polishing compound on a microfiber or terry cloth.
  4. Rub the cloth over the surface in a circular motion until the scratch is no longer visible or greatly minimized in appearance.
  5. Use a clean cloth to buff the area dry in similar circular motions

The steps above are only effective for minor surface scratches. A deeper scratch may penetrate beyond the outer clear-coat enamel and into the primer beneath the paint. A simple polishing in this case will be insufficient, and you’ll need an auto body repair company to provide paint restoration services.

Got a Deep Scratch? Contact Bodyworks Auto Rebuild

A newly discovered scratch can be frustrating, especially if your car is new or a vintage model. Not to worry, though, as Bodyworks Auto Rebuild specializes in scratch removal and other auto body damage repair. Visit our FAQ page to learn more about our full range of auto body repair services.

Whether you want us to remove a car scratch or repaint the entire body, let us be your go-to auto body shop in Bellevue for restoring your vehicle to a flawless appearance.

Auto Painting & Scratch Removal in Bellevue

Edited by Justin Vorhees

Expert auto body restoration in Bothell, Bellevue, Clyde Hill, Kenmore, Kirkland, Lake Sammamish, Medina, Mercer Island, Redmond & Woodinville