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How to Remove Scratches from Your Car

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  1. How to Remove Scratches from Your Car, How to Remove Scratches from Your Car: step 1, image 1 of 1
    • Shoe polish can be used to visualize the scratches. Rub a small amount of dark shoe polish over the scratch.

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    • Wipe the shoe polish over the panel. This fills the scratches with polish.

  3. How to Remove Scratches from Your Car: step 3, image 1 of 1
    • Block sand the panel with 2000-grit wet/dry sandpaper and plenty of water. Sand until the shoe polish disappears.

  4. How to Remove Scratches from Your Car: step 4, image 1 of 1
    • Polish out the sanding scratches with rubbing compound.

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    • A polishing wheel makes short work of bringing the shine back. An oscillating polisher is less aggressive than this rotary polisher.

    • Don't buff through the paint into the next layer, especially on high-crown or sharp edges.

  6. How to Remove Scratches from Your Car: step 6, image 1 of 1
    • Finish with light hand buffing to remove the last of the compound. Follow with car wax.

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Don’t you need to put the clear coat on the paint before waxing?

Richard E Riman - Reply

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