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Simple Steps to Fixing Car Scratches: A Guide by Jesse Britt's Automotive

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Driving around town, it seems inevitable that our cars will collect a few battle wounds. You do everything to baby your ride, but somehow those pesky scratches still appear!

We feel your pain - few things are worse than walking out to find ugly scrapes marring your car's flawless exterior. It's enough to ruin your day and give you that endless reminder that good things don't last.

Or can they?

At Jesse Britt's Automotive, we treat your vehicle with the love and care it deserves. We know how much pride and value your ride brings. Small dings and scratches shouldn't detract from its beauty or worth.

And no matter what size or scuff they are, you can sort them and restore your car to its former glory.

That's why we've put together this handy DIY guide to fixing car scratches. We'll walk through simple steps and pro tips so you can get your car looking showroom-new again!

Let's get started and breathe new life into that paint job. With a little time and elbow grease, you can fix those unsightly scratches yourself and have your car looking fresh off the lot.

An Introduction to Understanding Car Scratches

Before grabbing tools to fix those pesky scratches, it helps to understand precisely what you're dealing with.

Car scratches generally fall into three categories based on how deep they penetrate the paint:

  • Clear Coat Scratches: These minor scratches only damage the translucent outermost layer. They appear white/grey and are the easiest DIY fix.

  • Paint Scratches: Deeper scrapes that cut through the clear coat and color layer, often exposing the primer underneath. More noticeable but can still be repaired yourself.

  • Deep Scratches: These are the worst of the worst - deep enough to reach bare metal. Hard to fix and often needs professional shop work.

Identify the scratch type so you can use the right tools and techniques to banish it. The good news? Most day-to-day scratches are clear coat or paint damage, perfectly treatable with some elbow grease and our tips!

What You Need for Fixing Car Scratches

Rolling up your sleeves to fix those annoying scratches? Arm yourself with the right gear for a smooth repair process:

  • Bucket - For sudsy car wash water

  • Car wash soap - Loosens dirt and grime

  • Microfiber towels (2) - One wash, one dry

  • Scratch remover - Levels out scratch damage

  • Car polish - Restores shine

  • Car wax - Adds protection

  • Soft sponge/cloth - Applies products evenly

  • Dual-action polisher (optional) - Makes buffing easier

Gather this basic scratch toolkit, and you'll be prepped and ready to breathe new life into your car's exterior. No need to hunt down tools mid-repair - have your DIY scratch kit stocked and tackle those marks head-on.

Step-by-Step Guide to Fixing Car Scratches

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Ready to banish those unsightly scratches for good? Just follow these simple yet effective steps:

Step 1 – Clean the Area

  • Wash the scratched area with a car soap and water solution to loosen and remove grit, grime, or debris. This prevents further scratching.

  • Use a clean, soft microfiber towel to rinse and gently dry the area. Scrubbing could worsen the scratch.

Step 2 – Apply Scratch Remover

  • Read product instructions to ensure proper use and application. Different formulas may require different techniques.

  • Use a fresh, soft cloth or foam applicator to work the remover into scratches using a gentle circular motion. This levels the blemished clear coat.

  • Remove residue and reapply remover if needed for deeper scratches. Don't rush this important step!

Step 3 – Polish to Restore Shine

  • After removing scratches, use a polishing compound to smooth the area and renew the glossy paint.

  • Work polisher into an area using overlapping circular motions. A power polisher makes quicker work if you have access to one.

  • Remove excess polish until surface is uniform. Don't skip this step - polishing is key for shine!

Step 4 – Wax for Protection

  • Wax helps seal repairs, prevent future scratches, and adds eye-catching depth to your car's paint.

  • Apply a thin, even wax coating using a clean cloth or applicator. Let haze before gently buffing off with a fresh microfiber towel.

  • Consider applying a second wax layer for added protection on older finishes.

Now, if you have a couple of hours or an afternoon free, this is surely something you can do yourself.

It may take a little practice to get right, but with this guide and the right tools, you'll have your car looking clean, shiny, and scratch-free in no time at all.

However, if you don't have the time or you want the scratches removed right the first time, it's probably worth seeking a professional.


While dings and scrapes may feel inevitable, they don't have to permanently tarnish your ride's exterior. With knowledge, quality products, and a little work, you can be a scratch repair pro!

Follow these steps to erase minor marks yourself and get your car glowing again. Take pride in your repair skills and the money saved.

For deeper scratches that require heavy-duty correction, Jesse Britt's Automotive has your back. Our shop's paint repair experts have the tools and technical know-how to remove even the toughest blemishes.

We treat every car we service as our own and won't rest until yours looks showroom-ready. Drive on over and let us handle the hard work while you focus on more pleasant roads ahead!

We'll have you shining in no time. Let us know if you would like me to modify or expand the conclusion in any way!

Contact us today and see exactly what we can do for you!

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