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


DIY : Wash your car and polish like a pro!

Summer can be ruthless on cars, especially during high temperatures. You’re probably sitting inside an air conditioned cubicle enjoying the cool air while the heat is destroying your car batteries and stressing the cooling system and tires. Oh yeah! Easier prey for the sun is your car exteriors.

The least you can do for the exteriors would be clean the car and polish them regularly. I completely understand car washes are expensive these days. It costs INR 400 – 850 for a wash. If you care about your car’s exterior, please avoid quickie car washes with the big brushes that can do more harm than good and do a DIY car wash with good car care product which will achieve better results. Before you start, you’ll need the following car cleaning supplies.

Once you have all your car wash products, you can start to wash your car! Remember not to wash your car on a sunny or overly warm day, as this will cause water to dry out too quickly and leave you with soap spots on your car. Either wait for an overcast day, or pull the car into the shade before you begin.

  • Start by hosing the whole car. Rinse your car first to remove larger pieces of dirt which can scratch your car when washing.
  • Dilute 1 cap of Sonax gloss shampoo into 5 litres of water. Now gently scrub down the bodywork of the car with your Sonax Sponge. Use your toothbrush or detailing brush to get dirt out of cracks in the bodywork. After the hand wash hose down the vehicle.
  • Before protecting the paintwork, the vehicle needs to be completely dry. Use a microfiber cloth to wipe down the vehicle.
  • Sonax Polish for extra gloss. Sonax Car Polish can be applied by hand or with a dual-action polisher, and the conditioning oils add depth of color and maximum gloss prior to waxing, especially on dark colored vehicles.
  • Special abrasive polish for freshening up yellowed and matt plastic headlights. Removes minor to medium scratches, restores the original clarity. It ensures an optimum luminous efficiency. Increases driving safety and enhances the overall appearance. For front and rear headlights.
  • Maintain a shine and protection – After you’ve done the hard work of washing, cleaning, and protecting your car, you’ll need to take steps to maintain its appearance.
  • Keep a spray detailer and clean microfiber cloth in your trunk, which can come in handy for quickly removing dust, overspray, and bird droppings.
  • Clean the windows. Soap and water can do the trick, but glass cleaner will always give you better results.
  • Lastly, wash the wheels.

Let there be no excuse for a shabby looking vehicle! Follow these tips and give it a go yourself.