How To: Remove Paint Scuffs From Your Car (Paint Transfer)


Hey everybody—Chris here from O’Reilly
Auto Parts to show you how to take scuffs out of your clearcoat. But before I get into that, I wanna give you
the opportunity to subscribe to our channel if you haven’t already, so you don’t miss
out on any of our new content. Whether it’s from tree branches, little
door-dings or just swirl patterns in the clear-coat, a vehicle’s finish can wind up with small
scratches and scuffs. We’ve got a number of products for these
situations, and today I’ll be giving you some tips on how to take those blemishes out
so your paint can look like new again. Keep in mind, if the scratch goes all the
way through the paint, no amount of polishing is going to restore it. So if you have any deep scratches or you’re
just not completely comfortable doing this yourself, we’d be happy to recommend a professional
detailer in your area. For smaller scuffs or swirl patterns that
require less attention, we recommend a scratch removal product like Turtle Wax Scratch Repair
and Renew for a quick fix. Start by cleaning the surface where the compound
will be used. Apply a small amount of the Turtle Wax Scratch
Repair and Renew to a clean applicator pad or microfiber cloth. Rub the compound over the scratch in light,
circular motions, being careful not to apply too much pressure. Continue until the compound is completely
rubbed into the surface. If your repair appears hazy, use a dry microfiber
cloth to buff it out. If the scratch isn’t completely removed,
a second application may be necessary, but be careful. Compounding or polishing a vehicle takes off
small amounts of clearcoat, and with enough time, you could go all the way through the
coating. For larger blemishes that require more attention,
we recommend using Meguiar’s Ultimate Compound and Meguiar’s Polish for a complete fix. Again, keep in mind, if the scratch is all
the way through the paint, no amount of compounding will fix it. Scratches that go through the car’s finish
should be touched up with paint to avoid rust from forming. Compounding over a scratch that is down to
bare metal may inhibit rust to a degree, but will also make it more difficult for paint
to stick to it later without cleaning. You can use masking tape to keep trim or other
areas close-by from getting compound on them. Make sure the surface is clean where the compound
will be used. Apply a small amount of Meguiar’s Ultimate
Compound to an applicator pad or microfiber cloth. Lightly spread the compound in a circular
motion around the scratch. Once the compound is spread out, begin to
rub it in with circular motions… steadily applying more pressure. Once you begin to feel resistance, check the
scratch. If it doesn’t look adequately repaired,
apply a bit more compound and continue. Wait for the compound to dry… then use a
fresh microfiber cloth to buff the area clean. Apply a small amount of the Meguiar’s Polish
to a clean applicator pad. Begin lightly polishing in a circular motion
over the area where the scratch used to be. Repeat this process with more polish as needed
until the area regains its luster and the scratch is no longer visible. Buff it out one last time with a clean microfiber
cloth. And that’s it. You’ll find everything you need for this
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