How Mechanics Remove Scratches From Your Car

All scratches aren’t the same, but to most of us, a scratch is a scratch. Your vintage car deserves the best possible treatment all the time. No matter how careful you might be with your car, it with be scratched by something sooner or later, and the best way to correct the situation is through the help a reputable mechanic. But how do mechanics remove scratches from your car anyway? That is exactly what you are about to find out in this article.

Determine and Analyze the Damage

To determine the extent of the damage done to your car, there are number of simple tests performed on the affected area. The mechanics can draw their fingers over the scratched surface at a 90 degrees angle. This way they can feel if it is a gouge, or a scratch or if it is simply a smudge. If the mark is simply on top of the paint, rubbing the area with adhesive remover and soft cloth can do just fine. If this doesn’t work, then you ca wash and dry this area carefully and try buffing this spot with rubbing compound in a circular motion. Stubborn scratches are often removed by lacquer thinner or acetone on a soft rag.


Sometimes sanding is the most effective part of the scratch repair process. Using an ultra-fine 2000 grit dry/wet sandpaper, the area is sanded with precision, care and delicacy. The sandpaper is first dipped into cold water that contains dish detergent, and with light and brief strokes, it is used to evenly sand the scratch and its immediate surroundings. This is done while occasionally rinsing the sandpaper in the water. If correctly done, the contrasting scratch will gradually disappear.


The final stage involves applying rubbing compound to buff this area. The mechanics rub the compound in a circular motion using a washcloth. They then wipe out the haze residue with a different washcloth, then polish the area with polishing wheel before performing the final hand buff. Add a little wax to the area to bring back its luster and shine.