How do I erase scratches on my bodywork?
Well here it is not a question of repairing a large deep scratch in the bodywork, but rather of removing the small scratches on the surface of your car.
So here are some handy tips and tricks for erasing and concealing scratches on your car body.
1. Remove small scratches on the car body with toothpaste
A first grandmother’s trick to remove or rather to reduce small scratches on a car (on the surface only) is the application of toothpaste.
Here’s how to do this first trick:
- Apply the toothpaste directly to the scratch and remove the excess with a soft cloth.
- Use a new cloth to polish and hide the scratch well with the toothpaste.
For it to be really effective on scratches, it is important to apply a toothpaste with a white paste, because in gel it will not work.
2. Erase « micro » scratches on a car with WD-40
One product that can be used for a ton of tips and tricks is WD-40. Personally, I use it almost every week at home for various things, so why not use it to erase scratches from your car?
Of course, this product will not completely erase the scratches, but it will attenuate them, thus making them less visible on the bodywork.
- Wash and dry well the body surface to be treated to begin with.
- Then spray WD-40 directly on the small scratches and leave for 2 minutes.
- Finally, use a soft (microfiber) cloth to wipe and polish the scratched surface.
Repeat if necessary by applying a 2nd time of WD-40 on the scratched body and repeat the steps.
3. Remove scratches on the car body with the clay stone
Another trick or rather another product to use to naturally remove scratches from your car body is clay stone.
Once again, the clay stone will be effective only to reduce small scratches on the surface of the bodyworknot the deep scratches.
- Use a soft, dry cloth and apply some clay stone to the scratches.
- With a new microfiber cloth, dry and polish with circular movements the scratched bodywork.
- Reapply clay stone as needed to remove deeper, more pronounced scratches.
4. A wood cream to use on car bodywork
If you have a cream made specifically for polishing wood furniture then you can use it on the scratched bodywork of your car.
Although rare, I recommend testing this product on a small, inconspicuous area to be sure not to damage your car’s paint and bodywork.
- Apply some cream polish to a dry, very soft cloth.
- Scrub the scratched bodywork in circular motions.
- Wipe and dry with a new soft cloth to complete the trick.
5. Tip for removing scratches from car windows and headlights
Finally, if you also notice scratches on the headlights or on the car windows, baking soda is a good thing to test.
- Dampen a sponge with cold water and sprinkle with baking soda.
- Rub in the direction of the scratches and wipe with a dry cloth to finish.