Have you heard of a Toothpaste Car Scratch Remover?

Toothpaste and Auto Scratch Repair.

Dvelup Guidance

Does a “toothpaste” car scratch remover sound strange? Because of rising car scratch repair costs many are looking for an alternative solution. You may have seen people using toothpaste for car scratches on YouTube. Some people have seen these videos and ran quickly out to their cars, their pride and joy to try it out with varying results. So why does it not always work?

We will cover that in this article by answering a few questions:

1. Does any type of toothpaste qualify as a “Toothpaste Car Scratch Remover”?
2. How does the severity of the scratch effect the outcome?
3. What is the #1 reason why you SHOULD NOT use toothpaste for car scratches?

1. Does any type of toothpaste qualify as a “Toothpaste Car Scratch Remover”?

Some toothpaste types may work better than others. You may have noticed some toothpaste is grittier than others. Toothpaste that advertises “teeth whitening” may have more grit in it. Toothpaste works because it is abrasive. Automotive compounds and polishes work the same way. They remove some of the clear coat to remove the scratch. So Yes, any toothpaste for car scratches may work but some are better than others and really it depends on the severity of the scratch. Let’s cover that now.

2. How does the severity of the car scratch effect the outcome of using a toothpaste remover?

Scratches can be categorized into 3 degrees of severity. There are deep scratches, surface scratches and scuff marks. These three are hard to tell apart when watching a YouTube video. You can simply just polish with toothpaste and see what happens but a little foreknowledge may help since toothpaste on car scratches doesn’t work in every situation.

Deep Scratches:

A deep Scratch is damage that has gone through the clear coat and exposed the color coat or even gone deeper. Toothpaste may help soften the visibility of the scratch but often it doesn’t help. In order to tell if a scratch is a deep scratch you can run you finger nail across the surface and if it catches it’s a deep scratch.

Surface Scratches:

These are just in the clear coat. If you run your finger nail across it and your nail does not catch then it should be a surface scratch. Here you may have some success removing the paint scratches with toothpaste.

Scuff Marks:

Scuff marks aren’t scratches at all but may look like them. These are just material that has transferred from object that rubbed against your car. It’s just a mark on top of the clear coat but not into the clear coat. Tooth paste will work as remover but the right solvent may also. Sometimes you may have scuff marks and scratches together though.

3. What is the #1 reason why you SHOULD NOT use toothpaste for car scratches?

My professional opinion after working on vehicles for more than thirty years is toothpaste is an abrasive and you are removing some of your protective clear coat. The abrasive wears down the clear coat until you get to the bottom of the scratch. Of coarse if your vehicle is newer and never been polished before, you should have some clear coat to spare. But the danger is 2 fold. A thinner layer of clear coat means less UV blockers and inhibitors that protect your color coat from fading. Also if you remove to much clear coat with the toothpaste and get down to your color coat then the damage looks much worse and the only way to fix it is to have your vehicle re-painted. Even professional detailers can make this mistake and buff too far. So using toothpaste for car scratches may not be the best choice.

With rising car scratch repair costs would you like an alternative solution that has no abrasives?

Well We have it!