How to Hide Car Scratches

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Cars naturally pick up scratches from flying pebbles, sticks and other debris. Hiding these scratches helps prevent rust or further chipping on the body of your vehicle. By following a few steps, you can quickly remove and hide scratches, improving the car's appearance.

Things You'll Need

  • Dish soap
  • Old rag
  • Paper towels
  • Buffing compound
  • Buffing pad
  • Car wax
  • Matching touch up paint
  • Fine-tipped paint brush
  • Clean the scratch and the surrounding area. Use the dish soap mixed with water to clean the surface, scrubbing and removing dirt with an old rag.

  • Apply touch up paint to the scratches using a fine-tipped paint brush. Fill in the crack gently with a matching paint color and remove any excess from the surface using a paper towel.

  • Apply buffing compound to the painted surface once the paint is dry. Buff the surface until a nice consistent appearance is visible throughout the body of the car.

  • Apply wax and wax the exterior of the car. This will seal in the finished product and keep the surface free of any defects.

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  • Photo Credit Andrew Bret Wallis/Polka Dot/Getty Images
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