How To Fix Minor Scratches On A Car

A scratch on the side of the car can look unattractive and draw the attention to it. Over time if not dealt with properly a scratch can eventually turn into a rust spot and continue to spread throughout the rest of the body of the car. Fixing a minor scratch on your car is relatively easy and can be done at home with simple rubbing compound, rags, and soap and water. Here is a list of step-by step instructions on how to fix minor car scratches.

To complete this task you will need the following items:

  • A bottle of rubbing compound
  • A bucket Warm water
  • Dish soap
  • Soft cloths that can be used as rags
  • A scratch proof cloth that you can use to polish the vehicle

1 - Start by cleaning the area with the scratch with soap and water. Fill a bucket with warm water and add a couple squirts of dish soap. Then, mix the two together. Dunk the sponge into the water, and then apply it to the scratched area. Make sure you get inside the scratch to get out the dirt and contaminants that could cause a potential problem. Then dry the area with a soft rag to get rid of all the excess water.

2 - With a cleared area, take a bottle of rubbing compound and apply a small portion to another soft rag. Take with rag with the compound, and in a circular motion, apply it over the scratch using pressure to smooth out the visible signs of the scratch. Rub all over the scratched area with the rag, and reapply the rubbing compound to the rag as needed.

3 - Let the rubbing compound dry for a full 24 hour period, and then reapply more if needed. You should begin to see a noticeable difference in the look of the scratch and see signs of improvement in how visible it appears on the vehicle.

4 - Take a scratch proof cloth and polish the area of the car to complete the job.

If you have followed the tips above and the scratch is still extremely visible on the vehicle it could be a much larger scratch that needs to be fixed by an auto body expert, like those at Bowling Green Lincoln Auto Sales. An auto body expert can take apart parts of the car and repair the scratches with auto body filler.