Top 10 Best Car Scratch Removers 2017

best car scratch remover

NameAmount 
Farecla 7164 500ml G3500ml Check Amazon Price
Farecla 7163 150ml G3150ml Check Amazon Price
Turtle Wax FG6902 Colour Magicr500ml Check Amazon Price
Car Pride Paint Scratch Remover Pen50ml Check Amazon Price
T-Cut 365 Paint Work Kit – Black500ml Check Amazon Price
For many men – and those women enthusiasts among us – a car is their pride and joy. A lot of people see a car as not just a means of getting from A to B, but as a treasured investment, something to love and cherish. Of course, you could be one of those for whom your wheels are simply a means of transport, but it is still very annoying when you find a scratch that you know was not there before! It’s been that way since the car was invented, more than 100 years ago.

Indeed, imagine the scene in Edwardian England; the wealthy gentleman, factory owner – for example – or perhaps a shop owner – can afford one of these new-fangled automobiles. He’s not intending to go very far, but it’s a status symbol, a one-up over his neighbours, and will get him a rung or two up the ladder at his Gentleman’s Club. He decides upon a rather plush and up to the minute Wolseley, then a prestige marque in the UK, and admires it every day. Then, horror of horrors, he notices it – a scratch, on his beautiful coachwork!

Unfortunately for him, he can’t buy one of the products we are reviewing here and get rid of it easily. Poor bloke, it really must have been heart-breaking for him! It’s the same today: drivers and enthusiasts spend hours polishing their pride and joy and then suffer scratches brought about by careless drivers in car parks, so what do you do? Well, you read our review of the top 10 best car scratch removers, of course, and then buy one of these excellent products to keep handy for future use.

So, without further ado, let’s have a look at what they are, and how they work.

How It Works

Removing scratches from your car bodywork is, thanks to the latest in chemical technology and research and development, surprisingly easy if you use the right product. We are fortunate also in that car manufacturers tend to use the same techniques to paint and finish your car. Usually, this will mean several layers of paint, topped with a clear protective coating. This is what makes it possible to ‘heal’ scratches as it were, but it should be said that the very deepest scratches – which are unlikely from day to day usage – may need further professional treatment to be removed effectively.

In the early days of motoring, this would not have been a problem for many motorists. Cars were often supplied in bare metal, and many were made of fabric, so choosing whether to paint your new machine was up to you. Indeed, it was a good twenty years after the advent of the automobile that ‘bodywork’ actually became the norm; witness the many veteran vehicles still being driven at events today, where the driver is effectively a rider, sitting on the vehicle rather than in it.

Goodness knows what the great Henry Ford – the man credited with bringing the automobile to the masses with the legendary Model T (remember ‘you can have it any colour as long as it’s black’? Urban myth: he never said it, and it wasn’t true!) – would have made of today’s ‘magic’ pain restorers, but suffice to say we think he would have been suitably impressed.

Anyhow, to keep it brief, scratch removers work by taking off a couple of the layers of the outer clear coating, replacing it carefully with a little filler, and removing the scratch in no time at all, so here’s our list of the top ten such products that you can buy right now.

The Top 10

1: Farecla 7164 500ml G3

We are certain that, as you progress through this review, you will see several similarities between the products. They all work in pretty much the same way, removing the outer coating that contains the actual scratch depression and replacing it then polishing it out, but some have a slightly different routine. This is why it is always essential to refer to the manufacturer’s instructions: what works for one item may not for another.

This product is from Farecla, a brand used by professionals in many countries, and comes highly recommended. You get a 500ml bottle, which is more than adequate for several applications. As with most it uses abrasive particle technology to produce the results, and it does not harm the bodywork by using this method. It’s easy to use and the results are impressive, and it is subject to some excellent reviews. As the first on our list, we call it good value at around £10, and it won’t go unmissed in your garage.

Pros
  • Affordable
  • Easy To Use
  • Trusted Brand
Cons
  • None

2: Farecla 7163 150ml G3

Reviewing a product that has similarities sometimes leads to familiarity; hence, number two on our list is the same product as number 1 – the Farecla G3 professional standard scratch remover – but this one is in a smaller tube. It’s a handy idea if you want to deal with just a couple of scratches and that’s it, but leaves you with nothing in reserve for future problems. However, this might be what you want.

This product is from Farecla, a brand used by professionals in many countries, and comes highly recommended. You get a 150ml tube, which is adequate for single use applications. As with most it uses abrasive particle technology to produce the results, and it does not harm the bodywork by using this method. It’s easy to use and the results are impressive, and it is subject to some excellent reviews. However, at around £9 you get less than a third of the amount you get in the bottle above, which is only pennies more.

 

Pros
  • Trusted Brand
  • Simple To Use
Cons
  • Expensive For It’s Size

3: Turtle Wax FG6902 Colour Magic

There are some names that are very well-known in the world of car care products; Turtle Wax, with its excellent range of products, is among the best known of all, and this is one of its many offerings. We should begin by saying that no turtles were harmed in the making of this product! This scratch remover is one of the type that is matched to the actual colour of your car; in this case, the one reviewed was a dark blue version. This has its benefits, but also its limitations – change car, and you need a new bottle!

It is, however, a highly-regarded product that does the job it is intended for, so is well worth consideration. It works in a similar fashion to those above, but majors on polishing out the scratch rather than filling it, and is easy to use and tried and tested. It is also used professionally, so you are getting a guarantee of quality results with this one. Be warned, however – this method needs replenishing every now and again, as the coating does in fact wash off after about 25 washes. The results are impressive, however, and at a little more than £10 it is not expensive.

 

Pros
  • Colour Matching
  • Professional Results
Cons
  • Not Long Lasting

4: Car Pride Paint Scratch Remover Pen

There are some product that look attractive and very cheap when you first view them, and without being detrimental, this is one of them. It is, we can confirm, very cheap – indeed, you will pay under £2 for this – but that in itself raises alarm bells. This one comes in the form of a pen that you use to effectively draw over scratches. It is intended only for very light scratches – and makes no secret of that – but does it work?

Well, yes, if you want a simple and temporary result, but for long-term actual scratch removal, this is not the answer. However, that brings us back to the first point – at a couple of quid a throw, what have you got to lose? Put it this way: if you are touching up a scratch on a car that does not hold much actual worth but you want to look better, this might be the answer for you. If you want to get rid of scratched on your treasured classic or pride and joy, we strongly recommend you turn your attention elsewhere.

Pros
  • Good For Small Scratches
  • Easy To Use
  • Affordable
Cons
  • Not Permanent

5: T-Cut 365 Paint Work Kit – Black

There are few brands as highly regarded in restoring car paintwork than T-Cut, who have a large range of such products that are used by individuals and professionals alike. The T-Cut method differs from most in that, as with this pack, you use a series of concoctions, rather than just one. The result is fully restored, good as new paintwork that really will look the part and provide the gleam and finish you are looking for.

The one reviewed here is for a black car – there are various colour options – and as with most of these products (and particularly with this one) if you follow the instructions carefully and as they are set out, you will be impressed by the results. T-Cut is a favourite of car restorers and classic owners, so comes with strong credentials, and we recommend that – at less than £15 – you consider this one if you want the best results.

Pros
  • Trusted Brand
  • Great Results
  • Range of Colours
Cons
  • None

6: Meguiar’s Scratch X 2.0

Meguiars is a brand that is rapidly gaining a foothold in the paintwork restoration market, with a great selection of products that have garnered excellent reviews by a wide variety of satisfied customers. It works via the usual abrasive method, gradually reducing the particle size and providing the filler effect, and is claimed to be effective on light scratches and swirls – it’s refreshing to see a manufacturer make an honest claim and nothing more.

This one comes in a soft tube for application – there are bigger packs available if you want them – and will not damage the paint or coating of the car. It works on all colours, as it operates by repairing the outer clear surface of the paintwork. It is easy use, remember to follow the strict instructions, and does the job it is meant to do, but don’t expect it to tackle bigger scratches, just the light ones you can see. At around £12 it is priced pretty much where you’d expect it to be.

Pros
  • Good For Small Scratches
  • Easy To Use
  • Affordable
Cons
  • Not For Big Scratches

7: T-Cut Scratch Remover 150ml

It’s safe to say that T-Cut has such a massive range of products of this genre, we could have compiled a list comprising entirely of their products! That would be unfair, however, as we like to let someone else have a look in once in a while! There’s nothing fancy about this product: it is the T-Cut Scratch Remover in a 150ml tube, designed for use on smaller surface scratches, and it does the job well.

T-Cut has spent many years perfecting its products so you would expect great performance, and when used as intended, this one provides results that are second to none. It’s easy to use if you follow the instructions, and will not damage your paintwork or outer surface, and that’s just about all we can say about it. The only downside is that small size tube, but at less than a fiver we can’t really complain.

Pros
  • Trusted Brand
  • Easy To Use
  • Affordable
Cons
  • Small Tube

8: 3M Scratch Removal Kit

We are willing to bet you have heard of 3M, and you’ve most likely used some of their products. They are a massive company with fingers in many pies, and this is one of their paintwork treatment products. It uses the same abrasive system as used in professional body shops and has many excellent customer reviews, and is easy to use when you follow the instructions correctly. It’s intended only for scratches that haven’t penetrated the outer coating, so don’t expect miracles on deeper scratches.

This one uses a power drill, so you will need one of those, and does its job very quickly, but you should be careful as there are plenty of opportunities for mistakes. However, it is good if used for what it is intended, so is well worth a look. 3M is a brand that you can rely on, too, and although this one is more expensive than most at around £17, we recommend you take a closer look.

Pros
  • Quick To Use
  • Good For Light Scratches
Cons
  • Doesn’t Do Big Scratches

9: Meguiar’s Ultimate Compound

Meguiars is a brand that is rapidly gaining a foothold in the paintwork restoration market, with a great selection of products that have garnered excellent reviews by a wide variety of satisfied customers. It works via the usual abrasive method, gradually reducing the particle size and providing the filler effect, and is claimed to be effective on light scratches and swirls – it’s refreshing to see a manufacturer make an honest claim and nothing more.

This one is a big 450ml bottle that will last you for several applications, and will not damage the paint or coating of the car. It works on all colours, as it operates by repairing the outer clear surface of the paintwork. It is easy use, remember to follow the strict instructions, and does the job it is meant to do, but don’t expect it to tackle bigger scratches, just the light ones you can see. At around £12 we reckon this quality product to be good value.

Pros
  • Easy To Use
  • Affordable
Cons
  • Not For Big Scratches

10: Quixx Scratch Remover

Our final choice for the top ten, and we remind you they are not in order of preference, is from Quixx, and the manufacturer makes some bold claims. This is a multi-part kit: you get 25g of polish, 25g of finish, 2 cloths and 4 sets of sandpaper, and there are explicit instructions as to how this one should be used. It’s a two-stage process that is a little different to most of the others here, and it is used and endorsed by some major motor manufacturers.

About those bold claims: unlike most of these, this product is said to be useful on all depths of scratches. Customer reviews say that this is the case, but you should be prepared to spend a lot of time and effort on multiple applications. Nevertheless, if it does what it claims that makes it one of the more impressive options here, as it could be the alternative to expensive bodyshop repairs. At little more than £10 it is also good value, so if you are willing to put the effort in, your pride and joy could be free of those nasty scars for good.

Pros
  • Removes Deep Scratches
  • Popular
  • Affordable
Cons
  • Two Stage Application

That’s our list concluded then, and we are sure you will agree that there are many products to choose from that do the job. Before we go on to sum up, let’s talk about the important features to look out for.

Important Features to Consider

At this point we usually provide a list of important features, but with these scratch removers, there really is only one important consideration: does it remove scratches? As all bar a couple use the same method – the abrasive one where the particles become smaller as you work – we can safely say each does the job, although some claim to do it better than other.

As for price, while it is always a consideration, the difference in price between these is minimal – none, for example, are greater than £20 – so you really need to be looking at them in terms of the job they do and how they do it, rather than in cost.

So, that’s our list complete, all that remains now is to wrap things up!

Let’s Wrap It Up

So, you come back to the car park and some ******** has tagged your car and left a lovely scratch, and run away without leaving a note! It happens all the time, and it is very annoying. Well, out of the ten products listed above, there will certainly be one that can help repair your surface scratch. If you unfortunate enough to find someone has ‘keyed’ your car, leaving a deeper scar, there’s even a product here that can repair that!

Which do we recommend? Well, the only one that claims to deal with deep scratches is the Quixx product, number 10, so if that is the problem you are dealing with, that’s your choice. For surface scratches, the choice is yours, as all of these come from known brands with great reputations, hence you really can’t go wrong. We’d recommend you leave out number 4 – the scratch remover pen – as it is a far from permanent solution, so the pick of the rest if up to you.

Have another read and pick your product, and see those scratches vanish in no time at all!

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