Does your car have those ugly lines along the sides like it’s been put through a tornado? Those nasty scuff marks from one tiny mistake can haunt you for years and forever stain your car’s shine. And somehow you keep finding new ones every time you get the car washed. There couldn’t possibly be any easy cheap solution to this frustrating problem. Well, luckily there is!
Taking your car to a detailer every time you find these new scuffs can lighten your wallet pretty quickly. Adding that to the cost and hassle of taking time out of your busy schedule weekly can be quite a headache. Fortunately, there is a way to avoid this headache and take control of your car’s look.
We’ve figured out the process of how you can easily and cheaply keep your car’s paint scuff free. With the help of career detailers, we have prepared an easy to understand the process that can help you keep that shine on your car for as long as you like. You can repeat the process as often as you want without worrying about racking up the bill!
Right off the bat, we are going to address your biggest concern.
You’ve probably already been told by a friendly passer-by or your detailer that polishing the scuff marks will have no effect and they will just come back. Which is true, but context is important!
We will get back to this question again at the end of the article. But first, you need to understand the different types of scuff marks.
Sometimes, a scuff mark is simply tar or iron from the atmosphere that’s collected on the surface of the paint job. These are not really scuffs that go into the paint coat but contaminants that gather on the surface. This also includes tiny droplets of paint that’s in the atmosphere which will just leave an imprint on your car.
Tar can typically be removed using a dedicated tar remover like Tar Remover Heavy Duty Car Wash Shampoo from Chemical Guys. Simply apply the chemical onto the surface and use a microfiber to wipe it off.
Iron particles that collect on the paint coat can also be easily removed with the help of chemicals. You can use the Decon Pro Iron Remover. Apply the product on the surface using a sprayer. Leave it on the surface for a minute or two and then rinse it off.
In the case of overspray, you can use a clay bar. The clay bar can help remove these ugly stains and help get the clean look back. Beware that using a clay bar is a delicate process. You can damage your paint and leave even more scratches if you’re not careful.
A poor washing technique, using sponges or rinsing too hard will leave you with these types of scuffs. A poorly applied clay bar will also leave you with these marks. They don’t go too deep into the paint job of your car but you can see lots of tiny scratches under a bright light on the surface.
These can be polished out by hand depending on the severity. Or you can use some type of a filler polish that fills in these scuff marks. A go-to polish that we can recommend is the Autoglym Super Resin Polish.
These are the random scratches you get from a piece of grit on your microfiber or wash mitt. They go quite deep but not deep enough to get to the actual paint under the clear coat.
For these scratches, you are going to need to compound the paint coat. What you want to achieve here is compound away from the clear coat down to the deepest point of the scratch and then level the surface up with a polish. Doing this can be tricky so you may need to talk to a professional or may want their supervision.
These are the types of scratches that you get from something actually hitting your car or a rough surface brushing along it. These are the really deep scratches that go into the paint job of the car even.
To deal with these scuff marks, you could use a touch-up kit and get some of the damage out. But now you’re really entering the territory where you would have to visit a body shop and get a paint job.
Scuff marks that have been dealt with using a polish can typically come back after a few washes. However, they can greatly improve a typically helpless situation so there still offer great value.
A tip that we can offer is to always apply a waxing product on top of your polish to help it get locked into the surface. That way instead of having to reapply the polish after every couple of weeks, you will only have to reapply it 3 or 4 times a year. That’s not too much of a price to pay to get those pesky ugly marks out of the car’s paint job!
At the same time, marks removed using a compound machine or a paint job are obviously not coming back. So, you have nothing to worry about there.