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How to Remove Minor Clear Coat Scratches On Your Car

Rima Chandra
How to Remove Minor Clear Coat Scratches On Your Car

Minor clear coat scratches are common for most cars, no matter how safe you keep the car. Some of the possible causes of the scratches are car wash mishaps, a passerby scratching, or falling debris.


You don’t have to freak out once you notice a minor clear coat scratch on the car. Here is how to remove it. 


What you need 

  • Waterless car wash solution 
  • Masking tape
  • Microfiber towel 
  • Abrasive pad 
  • Nexgen ceramic spray 


The Step-by-step guide; 

1. Identify the depth of the scratch 

The only way you will remove a minor clear coat scratch is once you have established that it is one. Every car has four layers on the paintwork. The first layer is the base/metal layer, followed by the primer layer then the actual paint, while the clear coat finish is on the top. 


A minor clear coat scratch is one that only scratches the clear coat and not the other layers. You can establish it by running your nails over the painting. It is a clear coat scratch if you can barely feel or don’t feel it at all. With that, you don’t have to worry as you can take it off easily. 

2. Clean the scratched surface

The second step is to clean the scratched surface through a waterless car wash process to remove dirt and debris from the surface. This saves time as you don’t need to wait for the water to dry up or clear. Spray that scratched surface with a waterless car wash solution then wipe clean using a microfiber towel. 

3. Tape the scratched area

Now that the scratched area is free of any other substances, proceed to mark it off using masking tape. This will help you identify the area you are working on later after you have scratched it and the whole surface will become identical. The masking also helps cut out your work as you don’t have to deal with other unaffected surfaces. 

4. Sand the scratch 

Sand the area around the scratch by hand using an abrasive pad until the scratch is no longer visible. Ensure the whole surface is level and does not feel any bumpy. Use the waterless car wash solution to clear the dust after scratching. 

5. Polish and restore shine

After the scratching and leveling, there are likely to be several marks left on the surface. Apply Nexgen ceramic spray to protect and restore the shine of the surface. Ensure the colors tally and that you use the appropriate amount of ceramic coating. 


At this point it is normal to ask, is ceramic coating worth it? Yes, the ceramic coating is worth it. It provides the needed quality finish such that your car will look as it did when new. The coating is also durable and you won’t have to worry about repainting in the next few years. 

6. Protect the repair area 

Now that you have restored the minor clear coat scratch on the car, ensure you protect it. Apply  Car Pro Reload to help keep the coating in place. Also, go through the HydroSilex review to determine how best you can apply it to protect the coating. 

Rima Chandra
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