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As long as the scratch on your car has not gone into the primer or metal you can get rid of it yourself at home. If it looks like some repainting might be needed you are better off calling in the experts.
Is it a mark or a scratch?
Often what looks like a scratch may be a mark left by rubber, plastic or paint that is sitting on top of the paintwork of your car. You can run your fingernail over it to determine if it has gouged into, or sits on, your car’s surface.
Marks can be removed with aerosol tar or adhesive remover: if they prove more stubborn try acetone or lacquer thinner applied on a soft rag before resorting to hand rubbing and polishing compound.
Clean with soap and water before spreading the rubbing compound on the mark in a circular motion. Once it has gone use a back-and-forth motion to remove circular buffing marks and then use a clean cloth to remove the rubbing compound. You will need to clean the area with polishing compound to remove the fine scratches of the rubbing compound and finish with a good car wax.
To repair a scratch, wash the surrounding area and dry it thoroughly. You will be sanding down this area to the level of the scratch so it is important you do not sand deeper than the scratch. Use a contrasting colour applied to the scratch, white or black shoe polish for instance, to help you know when to stop sanding.
Use extremely fine 2000 to 3000 grit wet/dry sandpaper on a woodblock and dip it into soapy water. With light, short strokes at alternating 60-degree angles into the scratch start sanding around it. Keep the paper wet and work until you see the contrasting mark disappear.
Dry thoroughly and make sure the scratch is gone before you buff the area with rubbing compound using a power buffer or a terry cloth. Using a clean cloth take off any remaining compound. A polishing compound will take off any remaining fine scratches and a car wax will provide the seal.