Tested: The best car scratch removers

Tested: The best car scratch removers

Michael Cimaricar and driver

Excuse me. If you’ve been here, you’ve likely discovered an annoying scratch in your car. Maybe it came from a rebellious shopping cart, or a bike in the garage, or a tree branch that stretched too far. Do not be afraid! This doesn’t necessarily mean an expensive trip to the body care store – there are over-the-counter scratch removers that you can buy on the cheap.

one day car and driverThe 2022 Ram 1500 TRX long-range test vehicle returned from an off-road adventure with a (thankfully) slight scratch that extended the entire length of the passenger side, all due to an annoying patch of foliage. The Gear team was called up, and we decided to do a side-by-side comparison test of some popular car scratch removers. Here’s how they performed.

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Will these products remove all scratches?

No, these scratch removal products are designed to repair minor and light scratches. These usually occur when the clear layer is damaged, leaving a dulled scratch. If the scratch is very deep, especially even exposed metal, it will likely require professional repair. An easy way to determine this is to pass your nail through the scratcher – if your nail gets stuck in the valley of the scratch, these products likely won’t bother with the problem.

The scratch remover uses very soft abrasives to smooth out the rough edges of the scratch, then blends the clear coat together to fill in the valley until the scratch is gone again. Some heavy-duty scratch removers will go into the primer and fuse the paint back together. For our testing, we avoided the scratch removers that come with paint patch for two reasons: The Ram TRX is a borrowed car, and we wanted to make testing as simple as possible.

To determine the best car scratch remover, we scored seven equal sections of scratch on the TRX. We then rubbed the different compounds, with equal pressure, for 30 seconds each. Most removers only require rubbing the compound with a microfiber cloth, while others feature a few extra steps. After the test, we provide a file The best car scratch removers for your car.

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overall better

Meguiar’s Scratch Eraser Set

This combination worked so effectively that we decided to use it to remove partitions that did not look well after testing.

best results

Turtle Wax Scratch Repair Kit

There was some audible admiration from our test team after the third pass with this set.

The best product in one step

Formula 1 scratch

Despite the stench, this stuff works well as a one-step scratch remover.


Scratch X Meguiar’s

You can use this bottle as a refill for the Scratch Eraser Kit from Meguiar instead of buying a whole new case.


Turtle Wax Scratch Repair & Renew

While the image looks as if the scratch is completely gone, the blemishes are still faintly present. Picking it up at the angle of the body plate proved to be difficult.

Notice how the swirls of these things don’t spread evenly? We believe this inconsistency and poor performance of the Nu Finish Scratch Doctor is a consequence of running.

Quixx Paint Scratch Remover

We had to pick up a lot of steps for this step, and the results didn’t match the effort.

How We Tested Car Scratch Removers

To test these scratch removers as uniformly as possible, we logged equal sections of light, deep scratch along the passenger side of the 2022 Ram 1500 TRX.

With each product, we performed three 30-second passes over the respective section and noticed results. We directly followed the instructions for each product. We also noted aromas, consistency, and other notes.

We then aggregated our results based on performance, ease of use, speed, and price. We make sure that every car scratch remover has been tested and judged equally.

Do scratch removers actually work?

We were wondering the same thing. judgment? yes! Well, some. And only in certain cases. Scratches can be repaired in your car’s clear coat; Anything deeper will likely require a specialist. For light scratches like the ones in our test, scratch removers really work.

What is the best car scratch remover?

For the best overall, i.e. a combination of time and performance, the Meguiar’s Scratch Eraser Set It is our choice. For best results, the Turtle Wax Scratch Repair Kit It is best to completely erase a light scratch.

Can a joint remove scratches?

Occasionally and at a price. Since we love doing things ourselves, we set out to see if these products could remove dents in our garage. If you’re uncomfortable trying to remove the scratch yourself, detailing tools are a great option – but if the scratch is deep enough, they may not be able to remove it.

Can I use WD-40, toothpaste, or a magic eraser to remove scratches?

Not for results even close to what a $20 scratch removal kit can do. In fact, using household items to try to repair a scratch may cost you a lot more in the long run. In short – no, and we don’t recommend trying it.

Why trust us?

car and driver Its sister publications at Hearst Autos represent three of the world’s most influential automotive publications. with legacy Autoweek, car and driver, And the road track Behind us, the Hearst Autos Gear team don’t have to worry about our bottom line. Our selections and recommendations for gear products are based on testing and knowledge, not hype.

For consistency, this testing was conducted in an environment that provides equal testing procedures for each product: car and driver garage. When sorting through our findings, we agreed that our testing was fair and legitimate – and provided the most complete information for us to recommend our choices.

Read more about the testing and evaluation process for our products here.

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