How to Apply Car Scratch Remover

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  • 2-4 hours
  • Beginner
  • 25-50
What You'll Need
Soap (designed for cars)
Soft bristle car brush
Soft towel (for drying)
Soft towel (for compound)
Scratch remover compound
Buffer (variable cycle)
Wool polishing pad
Foam buffing pad
Car wax

It is easy to remove a scratch in your car's paint with car scratch remover. Inevitably, at some point in time, the glossy paint job on your car will become damaged by scratches. You can save money over taking your car to a professional by applying these simple steps.

Step 1 - Wash Car

Park car in a shaded area. You will want to mix water and soap into your bucket. Be sure to read instructions for use on the back of the soap container on how to mix with water. Ensure you select a soap that is gentle, yet strong enough to cut through any grime you have picked up from your travels. A good soap can be purchased at your local automotive supply and accessory store. Wash car thoroughly using the soft-bristled brush.

Step 2 - Dry The Car

Hand dry the car with the soft towel. This enables you to remove any remaining dirt and debris and ensures the surface will be ready for Step 3.

Step 3 - Prepare Buffer and Pad

Attach the polishing pad to the buffer. When the pad is securely in place, apply the scratch remover compound to the center and outer edge of the pad. Be sure not to over saturate the pad with compound.

Step 4 - Apply Compound

Place the pad against the scratched area of your car's paint. Before starting the buffer, move the pad and buffer in a circular motion over the scratch to allow the compound to get into the scratch.

Step 5 - Buff the Area

Set your buffer at approximately 1400 RPM and turn it on. Move the buffer in a back and forth motion over the scratch. Check the scratch after a period of time to see if it is still visible. Continue to buff until the scratch is no longer visible.

Step 6 - Wipe Area

Once the scratch is gone, use the second soft towel to wipe away any excess compound. The area is most likely glossier and more revived than the rest of the paint.

Step 7 - Buff Entire Car

Remove the wool buffing pad from the buffer and put on the foam buffing pad. Proceed to buff the entire car. Once you are done, use the soft towel again and wipe down the area to remove any pad debris.

Step 8 - Apply Wax to Car

After you are done buffing, you will now need to apply the wax to your paint's surface. A high-quality wax will ensure you get an even and lustrous shine. Your local automotive supply and accessory store stocks a wide variety.

Step 9 - Buff Car to Shine

With the foaming pad in place, buff the entire car thoroughly leaving no waxed spots untouched. You now have a scratch-free and beautifully shiny car.