How can I fix a scratch on a plastic car interior?

I was moving some of my power tools around in the interior of my truck the other day. I turned around too rapidly to put my drill away—and one thing led to another, and I scratched the dashboard. What can I do to fix an interior scratch on the plastic of my car?

Answer
Accidents like that are definitely frustrating! However, you should definitely be able to fix the damage. If you need to fix a scratch on a plastic interior at a professional level, here’s what you should do:
  • Clean the area with an all-purpose cleaner
  • Use a heat gun until the plastic is pliable
  • Apply a grain pad that resembles the plastic pattern in the car
  • Let the area cool and re-harden
  • Wipe down the area again
If done correctly, this should make your car look good as new and restore the value of the car.
If you want to make sure your car is protected from any eventuality, you may also want to take a moment to review your car insurance policy. The easiest way to do this is through the Jerry app—we’ll get you customized quotes from top providers so that all you need to do is choose the plan that works best for you!
Best of luck with the repairs!
Eric Schad
Answered on Nov 08, 2021
Eric Schad has been a freelance writer for nearly a decade, as well as an SEO specialist and editor for the past five years. Before getting behind the keyboard, he worked in the finance and music industries (the perfect combo). With a wide array of professional and personal experiences, he’s developed a knack for tone and branding across many different verticals. Away from the computer, Schad is a blues guitar shredder, crazed sports fan, and always down for a spontaneous trip anywhere around the globe.
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