Remove scratches from your car – step by step process


Scratch on your newly bought car is a nightmare! When they occur they compromise the entire car’s paintwork. They also decrease the value of your car. Utilising spray paint to disguise a scratch on your car’s paintwork, provides an effective and low cost means of restoring your car to its former glory.

To get your car looking as good as new with spray paint needn’t be hard, simply follow our seven step process beneath.

  1. Estimate the depth of the damage. There are four main layers of material on a car chassis – clear coat, paint colour, primer and steel – and you need to know how deep your scratches have gone. You can tell if you’re dealing with a scratch that’s as deep as the primer if it is a different colour from the paint. If the scratch is at primer or steel level, please take it to car detailing showroom.
  2. Wash the scratch. Dirt and grit can scratch the surface even further, so wash it with Sonax gloss shampoo and dry the scratched area thoroughly before you do anything else. This is one of the most important steps in learning how to remove a scratch from car paintwork – skip it, and you could do more damage!
  3. Use sandpaper to level the scratch. Smooth down the damaged area by lightlyrubbing the scratch with 2000-grit sand paper in the direction of the scratch. When you’re done, wipe the surface you’ve been working on with a Sonax Xtreme microfiber cloth and check the area is level with the bottom of the scratch. During this step, you must be careful not to sand down further than the clearcoat.
  4. Apply the compound. Use a Sonax Xtreme microfiber cloth cloth to apply rubbing compound to the scratch. Always make sure you check the manufacturer’s guidelines to see what products are suitable to use on the surface of your car.
  5. Buff the area. Dry and polish the compound by setting your buffer to its lowest level and quickly moving it around the damaged area. Be careful not to buff one spot for more than a second as this can damage the car’s paint layers. Use Sonax Profline Pro Car polish to freshen up the colors and protect the treated surfaces of car.
  6. Remove the compound.Wipe the remaining compound from the area immediately after polishing the scratched area with Sonax Xtreme microfiber cloth
  7. Apply wax. Seal the area you have repaired by applying Sonax paintwork gloss. You can do this manually, with a microfiber cloth. Wash and wipe the area once more with a microfiber cloth and inspect the scratch to make sure it has disappeared.

After following these steps, you should find scratches and marks on your car are considerably reduced – if not removed entirely..

Key steps:

  1. Identify the depth of the scratch
  2. Clean and sand down the scratch
  3. Apply a suitable rubbing compound, following the instructions on the packaging
  4. Buff the scratched area
  5. Seal and polish the area with wax


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