Minor scratches on cars can be an eyesore and can lead to an expensive trip to the mechanic. Luckily, there are easy methods that you can do at home to fix these scratches and restore the sleek look of your car. In this article, we will discuss seven different methods that you can use to remove minor scratches from your car.

Method 1: Toothpaste

Yes, you read that right! Toothpaste, particularly those with abrasive properties like baking soda, can remove minor scratches from your car’s body. Simply apply toothpaste to a microfiber cloth and buff the scratched area in a circular motion. Just make sure you use a white toothpaste and not a gel-based one that can damage your car’s paint.

Method 2: Baking Soda

Baking soda is another household item that can help remove minor scratches from your car. Mix three parts baking soda and one part water to form a paste. Apply this paste to the scratched area and rub it in a circular motion with a microfiber cloth. Rinse the area with water and dry it with another clean microfiber cloth.

Method 3: Sandpaper

Sandpaper, on the other hand, is suitable for slightly deeper scratches. Begin with a 1200-grit sandpaper, and then switch to a 2000-grit sandpaper, using them in a circular motion. Rinse the area with water and dry it with a clean microfiber cloth. This method will sand down the scratched area, be careful not to sand too hard, so as not to further damage the paint’s layer.

Method 4: Rubbing Compound

Rubbing compound is another product used to remove minor scratches. It contains abrasive materials that can smooth the scratches out. Apply a small amount of rubbing compound to a microfiber cloth and rub it onto the scratched area in a circular motion. Wipe off excess compound with another clean cloth.

Method 5: Scratch Removal Products

There are various scratch removal products available in the market today that are specially formulated to remove minor scratches. Follow manufacturers’ instructions for application when using these products. Before applying, clean the surface and wait for it to dry before using the product.

Method 6: Super Glue

While you might think of glue as an adhesive, superglue can also be used to remove minor scratches. Apply a small drop or two of superglue onto the scratched area. Wait for the glue to dry, and then sand it with fine sandpaper(2000 grit) to level the surface. Wipe the area with a microfiber cloth to remove any debris left from sanding.

Method 7: Touch-up Paint

When all else fails, touch-up paint is the option for deeper scratches. Buy touch-up paint that matches your car’s color from an automotive store. Clean the scratched area with a mild soap solution and rinse with water. Apply a small amount of touch-up paint and let it dry completely before applying a second coat.


Minor scratches can be a hassle but removing them can be easy with the right methods. Whichever method you choose, always follow instructions carefully. There are also valuable safety reminders and cautionary tips: when using sandpaper, wearing gloves is necessary to protect your hands; cover areas near the scratch to avoid these products or methods accidentally getting on unwanted areas. By following these methods, you can save time and money from a visit to the mechanic and restore your car’s sleek look.

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By Happy Sharer

Hi, I'm Happy Sharer and I love sharing interesting and useful knowledge with others. I have a passion for learning and enjoy explaining complex concepts in a simple way.

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