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We all know someone who gets frustrated whenever he/she finds out they have scratches on their car, and we can’t blame the person for their frustration. Anyone who loves their car goes through this frustration every once in a while. There are many traditional and easy ways to deal with dents, but scratches are a little trickier and must be treated with a lot of care because using the wrong stuff which might lead to even worse results and make your car’s paint job look even more terrible. The good news is that you don’t necessarily have to run in for costly methods, given the scratches are not too deep and penetrated. You can check this by running a fingernail over the scratches to see if they are surface or deep. If your fingernail does not catch on the scratches, then they are on the surface and using toothpaste might be a good option, but if your fingernail does catch on them then that means they are deep and you’ll need some professional scratch removal product to get rid of them. There are some cost-effective methods to get rid of minor scratches, which we’ll discuss first before jumping into expensive methods for deeper scratches:

Method 1:

Applying Toothpaste:


Before applying toothpaste to the scratches, you need to make sure that the area where you want to apply is all clean. Applying this same technique over a surface that’s consumed with dust will just make the situation a whole lot worse because rubbing dirt and debris into the scratched area will make the scratches worse.

  • You can take your car to a car wash or you can wash it yourself.
  • To wash your car yourself, spray it with a hose to wet it all over and remove the majority of the dirt and debris. Then, use a large sponge or car-washing brush to apply soap formulated for vehicles to your car. Work the soap into all surface of your car and then use the hose to spray it off. Dry your car with a clean, dry towel.


Next, you need to apply a quarter-sized amount of toothpaste to a dampened microfiber towel. Get the microfiber towel wet enough so that it is just damp. Then, apply a quarter-sized amount of the toothpaste to the towel, or a little more or less depending on the size of the scratch.

  • Whitening toothpaste works best, but you can try removing the scratches with any toothpaste you have on hand.
  • You will need to apply the toothpaste with a soft, clean, microfiber towel to ensure that rubbing in the toothpaste does not cause more damage.


Next, you need to rub the toothpaste in the affected area using a circular motion. Push down the microfiber towel to put some pressure on it and then start rubbing it in circular motion. Keep doing it until the toothpaste is uniformly distributed on the surface of the affected area.


Next, you need to wipe away any excess toothpaste. Once you are finished applying toothpaste to the affected area, you need to dry the area with a wet microfiber towel.


Repeat the process up to two more times, depending on the fact if scratches are still visible. Make sure you do not do this same application more than three times or you’ll end up damaging the clear coat of the car’s paint.

Method 2:

Covering it with Duct Tape:

If the deep scratch runs the entire length of your car, then there’s not much of a point in applying this technique since you’re talking about covering it up with an adhesive tape. This trick will only work if the length of scratch is not too big. The idea is to cover up the scratch with a duct tape that has exactly the same color as of your car’s body paint.

These days duct tapes comes in various colors and thus it wouldn’t be hard to find the one matching with the color of your car. Just make sure that you apply the duct tape as evenly as possible such that it doesn’t create any crease lines. Such distracting lines could end up looking even worse than it was before. Also, this technique will buy you some time before you can gather your resources to get your car a really nice paint job or before you find an expert to paint your car.

Method 3:

Using a scratch removal product:

First, you need to wash your car to make sure there is no dirt left where the product is to be applied. Any dirt or debris left while applying the product will just result in more scratches.

Now, you need a best scratch removal product, because getting the best product for your car should be top priority. We have listed down below and reviewed some of the best products in market:

1)   Ocamo Pro Clear Car Scratch Remover:

The paint job on a car typically consists of three layers. The bottom layer provides protection from corrosion, and it is also a primer for the second layer that provides the color. The final layer on top is a clear, lacquer layer, which is what gives the modern cars a shiny look.

One of the biggest advantages of Ocamo Pro is that it is pure neutral without any damages to the hand and car thanks to the PH = 7. It is really simple to apply. It’s safe and environment friendly. The Ocamo Pro advanced formula typically cuts through the paint layers to repair a scratch quickly, which really makes it stand out.

The product can be maintained for 2-3 months and is highly effective in doing it’s job. It’s really one of the best out there in the market. Some of the technical details of the product are also mentioned below:

Brand Ocamo
Manufacturer Part Number mhy-B8-190109-DZ-DAC8D52A6D

2)Leegoal Car Scratch Remover:

This product is a market leader and one of the very best in market. It really comes in handy and is perfect and quick fix for car paint dents and scratches. You just need to squeeze the right amount of it into a towel or sponge and then repeatedly wipe the scratches on the surface.

Some other great features of the product is that it’s hydrophobic, self-cleaning coatings, and provides coating protection. It is also really helpful to weathering and erosion. Sunshine generally makes the surface of your car rough but it also provides a good cover for that, making the car more shiny and new. Some of the technical details of the product are also mentioned below:

Size 15.5*3.5*3.5CM(6.1*1.4*1.4inch)
Weight 80g(100ML)

3) Powerangle New Fix It Pro:

This is an interesting product. It is pen-like product and is used only in case the scratches on the surface of your car don’t run too much width-wise on your car. This works best when scratches are relatively smaller in size. This also requires a high level of concentration. Besides, applying this same technique in cases other than this just causes frustration and bad results.

Powerangle New Fix It Pro has an excellent design for clearing coat scratch repair. It also features as non-toxic, permanent, odorless and water resistant.

4) TriNova Scratch Swirl Remover:

TriNova Scratch Swirl Remover is one of the best abrasive compound car paint restoration products out there. The kit comes with a buffer pad and a polish in a complete package. The advanced formula of this product works when buffing by hand or with a dual action orbital polisher. This means you don’t need a high maintenance tool or polisher just to touch up basic auto body spots. Polishes oxidation after cleaning, all cars can shine again after blemish correction.

It also has high end chemicals. All the premium automotive products come from a shop in Chicago, IL. Some of the technical details of the product are also mentioned below:

Brand TriNova
Item Weight 14.1 ounces
Package Dimensions 7.6 x 4.6 x 2.5 inches
Item model number 5864127087
Manufacturer Part Number 33320
Folding No

5) Meguiar’s M10508 Mirror Glaze Ultra-Cut Compound:

The Meguiar’s M10508 is a popular product, and it can remove the swirls, blemishes and light scratches from your vehicle. It uses a micro-abrasive system to remove the fine blemishes, and it simultaneously restores clarity to the finish. It’s great for removing scratches, defects, acid rain and severe swirls/holograms.It uses xxclusive super micro-abrasive technology and leaves best-in-class finish. It is formulated for use by hand, dual action polisher or rotary buffer, and is body shop safe. Also available in 32 oz and 1 gallon sizes.

Some of the technical details of the product are also mentioned below:

Model M10508
Item Weight 11.5 ounces
Product Dimensions 1.6 x 8.2 x 3.6 inches
California residents Yes
Item model number M10508
Manufacturer Part Number M10508
OEM Part Number M10508
Folding No
Cover Included Mirror Glaze Ultra-Cut Compound

Method 4:

Painting to Fix Deep Scratches:


Again, you first need to wash and dry the car thoroughly. Just make sure there isn’t any dirt left on the area to be painted or it’ll just make the situation worse.


Sand the scratched area to strip away the top layers of paint. Wrap 2000-grit wet/dry sandpaper around a sanding pad (a holder for the sandpaper with a handle on it) and begin sanding the scratched area. Sand for 10 to 15 seconds at a time and then check the area to see if you need to sand deeper.

  • Always sand in the direction of the scratch. You do not want to create opposing scratches, which will only add more ridges and valleys in the paint that need to be repaired.
  • Rinse the area with water as needed to check your progress. This will allow you to better see if you have gotten to the bottom of the scratch.
  • If the scratch is slightly deeper than the clear coat, use 1500-grit sandpaper to level the surface and then 2000-grit sandpaper to remove the scratches made by the coarser sandpaper.
  • Avoid getting dirt or debris between the sandpaper and the vehicle. This will cause scratching.


Rinse and dry the area. Rinse away the debris left by sanding the scratched area. Then, use a clean microfiber cloth to wipe the surface dry.

  • Avoid using old or dirty rags since these could cause more scratches on the surface of your car.


Spray a few coats of primer onto the sanded areas. Get some sandable primer in an aerosol can. Spray the primer onto the area you have just sanded. Use a back and forth motion to spray on the paint. Then, wait 5 to 10 minutes for the primer to dry and spray on another layer. Do this a total of 3 times.[12]

  • Choose a primer that is close to the color of your car’s paint, if possible. It will not be an exact match, but your paint will be.


Apply a few coats of paint that match your car. Next, spray on the same color paint as is on the rest of your car to the area where you applied the primer. Wait 5 to 10 minutes between each application so that the paint dries completely.[13]

  • To ensure that the paint will match, check with your car’s manufacturer to get the same shade of paint. You may be able to purchase the paint from an auto supply store, or you may have to special order the paint from your car’s manufacturer.


Wax the area to seal the paint you have repaired. Apply a high-quality carnauba wax to the surface of your car and then buff the area with a buffer pad or microfiber cloth. You can purchase a waxing kit that includes everything you need to wax your car, such as the wax and a buffing pad or microfiber cloth.[14]

  • Apply a quarter-size amount of wax to the buffing pad or cloth to start and add more if needed.
  • Use circular motions and press down on the pad or cloth with medium pressure.
  • Keep going until the wax is evenly distributed and the car’s surface looks shiny.

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