How do I remove scratches from my car with a home remedy?

I got scratches on my car from accidentally using a dirty rag in a small area. How do I remove scratches from my car paint with a home remedy?

​​Oh no, at least it was a small area! Thankfully, there are home remedies you can use to remove scratches from your car paint.
  • Toothpaste: Who would have thought? You can use whitening toothpaste to dull the scratches on your car paint. Make sure it is a paste, not a gel, and that it contains baking soda for the fine grit texture that’s needed to even out the area around the scratch. Apply with a soft, clean cloth, but make sure not to rub it in too much, or you could damage your clear coat.
  • 3,000-grit sandpaper and rubbing compound: This combination will come in handy for some larger scratches and will make smaller scratches all but disappear. Soak the sandpaper in water for a few minutes to avoid dry friction and gently sand the scratch. Then, apply the rubbing compound and buff it with a clean rag.
The scratches should fade away!
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Good luck with your buffing!
Matthew Macgugan
Answered on Nov 16, 2021

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