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How to Remove Scratches on Your Car: A Guide for Ontario’s Inland Empire  

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Whether you’ve recently invested in a new car or have taken pride in maintaining a used car, the joy of car ownership can quickly be dulled by the appearance of an unsightly scratch on your prized possession. Fear not, for we bring you a comprehensive guide on how to remove those pesky scratches and keep your car looking as pristine as the day you got it. 

  1. Identify the Depth of the Scratch

Before diving into solutions, determine how deep the scratch is: 

  • Clear Coat Scratch: This is a surface-level scratch, often caused by brushes against bushes or incorrect cleaning techniques. 
  • Paint Scratch: This goes beyond the clear coat and affects the paint. The color of your car might appear distorted at the scratched area. 
  • Deep Paint or Primer Scratch: If the scratch reveals a dull, matte underlayer or even reaches down to the metal, it’s quite deep. 
  1. Wash Your Car Thoroughly

Always start with a clean slate. Before attempting any scratch-removal methods, give your car a thorough wash. This ensures that no dirt or debris interferes with the repair process.  

  1. For Clear Coat Scratches: Use Toothpaste or Scratch Removal Agents

It might sound surprising, but ordinary toothpaste can act as a mild abrasive, perfect for tackling clear coat scratches. Here’s how: 

  • Dab a soft cloth with a small amount of toothpaste. 
  • Gently rub it over the scratch in a circular motion until you see the scratch diminishing. 
  • Wipe away the residue and apply a car wax to seal and protect the area. 

Alternatively, there are numerous scratch removal products available in the market tailored specifically for clear coat scratches. Many of these can be found in local Inland Empire automotive stores or online retailers. 

  1. For Paint Scratches: Use a Touch-Up Paint Kit

For those deeper scratches affecting the paint: 

  • Purchase a touch-up paint kit that matches your car’s color. Your vehicle identification number (VIN) will help in getting the exact shade. 
  • Carefully apply the paint to the scratched area using the provided applicator or a small brush. 
  • Once dry, sand the area gently to make it even with the car’s surface. 
  • Finish with a clear coat and wax for shine and protection. 
  1. For Deep Paint or Primer Scratches: Seek Professional Help

If the scratch exposes the primer or metal underneath, it’s best to seek professional assistance. The Inland Empire, including Ontario, houses a plethora of expert car service centers. These professionals have the tools and expertise to ensure the scratch is addressed properly, preventing any potential rust or long-term damage.  Schedule an appointment with our trusted service providers. 

  1. Prevention is Better than Cure

To reduce the likelihood of scratches: 

  • Park Smartly: Avoid parking next to cars that look like they might swing open their doors without care, or in tight spaces where brushes against your vehicle are more likely. 
  • Regular Maintenance: Regularly waxing your car can offer a protective layer against potential scratches. 


If you’re considering trading in your vehicle for a new car or a well-maintained used car, Ontario, in the heart of California’s Inland Empire, offers a range of options to suit every taste and budget. Visit us, to explore the latest car shopping deals in the region. 

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