How to Remove Scratches from a Car: a blog about finding your optimal washing and drying techniques.

How to Remove Scratches from a Car: a blog about finding your optimal washing and drying techniques.

Whether you drive a shiny new one, or a dented old one - no car is worthy of rolling around town with unnecessary scrapes or scratches for all to see. You may know how they appear, or they might just come out of seemingly nowhere. Scrapes and scratches on your favorite set of wheels are nobody's favorite and can quickly become a headache that nobody wants to mess with. 

Did you know that there is a difference between scratch removers and polishing compounds? According to, “Differences in the formulation. Scratch and Swirl Remover products, in general, have similar performance characteristics to rubbing and polishing compounds. Scratch and Swirl Removers, however, are formulated, and product instructions are tailored, for repairing light overall finish blemishes or localized repair.

How exactly should you begin finding the best technique to wash and dry your car, you ask? We suggest starting off with these 7 quick tips from our friends at, :

Step 1: Start by washing and drying the car.

Step 2: If possible, mark the scratch with masking tape placing the masking tape 1" above and 1" below the scratch in order to help the application process.

Step 3: Apply the Turtle Wax Scratch Repair & Renew with a microfiber cloth in a back and forth motion for 30 seconds with firm finger pressure.

Step 4: Wipe dry with a clean microfiber towel and inspect the area for defect removal. Inspect the results of the initial hand application and asses whether further steps are needed.

Step 5: Reapply Scratch Repair and Renew until desired results are achieved or the scratch becomes clear or invisible.

Step 6: Repeat the process up to 5 times.

Step 7: Finish by applying the compound to a larger surrounding area to blend in the repair.

If you don’t happen to have the specific product that was used and mentioned above, you can always reference the Z-Store. We have a wide range of products that you can pick from to help remove all of your scratches. Click here to shop now!