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Car scratch how to remove?

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Sep 13, 2015
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Car scratch how to remove?

Hello everyone!

Apologies for the noob question but I’ve been YouTubing and googling how to remove scratches but haven’t found anything besides using a polishing machine which I do not have, or sanding down the spot.

My question is, is there any way to remove these scratches besides sanding it or using a machine. Any products I can buy that will just have me use it by hand with a microfibre cloth? I was looking at miguire’s scratch removal but I’m not sure if that’s the one I should be looking at.

Or will touch up paint just work.. I’m not sure.. sorry..

If anyone knows the way the remove these scratches please help!

Thank you so much!
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Think of the Childre…
Rubbing compound, can get Meguiars.

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I think some of those may be able to come out with a polish, some look to be minor however hard to tell by the photos. Yes you can remove them by hand but it will take a long time of you rubbing and may not be able to get everything as well as a polisher machine would.

As for products you jsut need a polishing compound, many on the market. I was actually using this yesterday by hand on my friends boat to remove some minor marks done while in storage and most came out - https://3dproductscanada.com/3d-speed-a ... olish-wax/ The good thing about this is that its an all in one so it also has wax in it to leave a protective layer. However the wax does not last to long in this product, maybe a month or 2 so its recomended to follow up with a longer wax from a company like Collinite if you are interested.
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Wax along with elbow grease should remove most of that scratch
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JAMFAM wrote: Hello everyone!

Apologies for the noob question but I’ve been YouTubing and googling how to remove scratches but haven’t found anything besides using a polishing machine which I do not have, or sanding down the spot.

My question is, is there any way to remove these scratches besides sanding it or using a machine. Any products I can buy that will just have me use it by hand with a microfibre cloth? I was looking at miguire’s scratch removal but I’m not sure if that’s the one I should be looking at.

Or will touch up paint just work.. I’m not sure.. sorry..

If anyone knows the way the remove these scratches please help!

Thank you so much!
I have used Meguiar's Scratch X 2.0 and have had good success by hand. Granted, it takes some work but it is possible. Your scratches don't appear to be too bad.

They sell this everywhere so it shouldn't be hard to find.

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Wow, thank you so much for all the replies! I will try to get some polish compound and get to rubbing! Appreciate it all :)
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psyfer wrote: Wax along with elbow grease should remove most of that scratch
No it won't. Only polishing can remove scratches.
JAMFAM wrote: Wow, thank you so much for all the replies! I will try to get some polish compound and get to rubbing! Appreciate it all :)
I would suggest Meguiar's Ultimate Compound. You can get it at Canadian Tire.
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Meguiars compound should do the job here. Look like fairly superficial scuffs.
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If the scratches become invisible when wet, then only the clear coat is damaged and you are seeing the scratch due to the bending of light. You can level out these scratches by polishing so that the light no longer bends, and the scratches will disappear.

If these scratches don't go invisible when wet, then the scratches are all the way into the colored primer. All the polishing in the world is not going to change the color of the primer.
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JAMFAM wrote: Hello everyone!

Apologies for the noob question but I’ve been YouTubing and googling how to remove scratches but haven’t found anything besides using a polishing machine which I do not have, or sanding down the spot.

My question is, is there any way to remove these scratches besides sanding it or using a machine. Any products I can buy that will just have me use it by hand with a microfibre cloth? I was looking at miguire’s scratch removal but I’m not sure if that’s the one I should be looking at.

Try using rubbing compound available at Canadian Tire, or NuFinish scratch remover. You won't need a machine to apply these and best of all they are reasonably priced.

Or will touch up paint just work.. I’m not sure.. sorry..

If anyone knows the way the remove these scratches please help!

Thank you so much!
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Rick007 wrote: If the scratches become invisible when wet, then only the clear coat is damaged and you are seeing the scratch due to the bending of light. You can level out these scratches by polishing so that the light no longer bends, and the scratches will disappear.

If these scratches don't go invisible when wet, then the scratches are all the way into the colored primer. All the polishing in the world is not going to change the color of the primer.
First use rubbing alcohol to clean off the area. Then use a compound to remove as much of the scratch as possible. Then, use a touch up paint and the finest paint brush you can find that will work for the scratch (Michaels, and use a 40% off coupon) and touch up (exceeding the lines of the scratch is fine and encouraged). Leave for 48-72 hours (dry) and then use a microfiber towel and compound to remove the excess, then wax.

Youtube is great but for minor scratches like this the above is all you need. No need to wet sand, no need to buy a fancy orbital etc. Just do the above. The hardest thing to do for me is to be patient and allow the 2-3 days to pass.
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