A car detailing boss explained why you shouldn’t rely on TikTok for car scratch removal hacks before sharing the right way to do it.
Greg Kasparian, founder and CEO of Ride and Shine, a mobile auto detailing company based in Saddle River, New Jersey, said he noticed a commonality between these viral social media clips.
Kasparian told The US Sun: “Everyone knows there’s a lot of fake stuff out there on the internet.
“So you’re going to see some TikTok videos saying, ‘See how we removed that scratch right away,’ and I can tell right away by what they’re doing that it’s a totally fake video , because the scratch is so deep and everything.” It’s a shame that you can’t just rub a cream on it and then the scratch is gone.”
Greg added that the only way to remove an exterior scratch is to remove the vehicle’s clear coat.
He described a car’s clear coat as a transparent layer of paint that is applied to a vehicle’s base coat and acts as the final layer in the automotive paint system.
Greg said: “If your car is black, it has the black paint and then there is a clear coat on top. So most of the scratches are in the clear coat.
“If you basically want to sand down the clear coat, it will permanently remove the scratches.
“And when I say ‘sand off,’ your options are: you can actually wet sand the clear coat, or you can use Compound, which is an abrasive polish, or you can use a finer polish if the scratch isn’t too is deep.”
The CEO of Car Detailing also said, “If the scratch went through the clear coat and into the base coat, the only thing you can do is touch up, which isn’t great.”
“I mean, just hiding it works; it doesn’t look that bad.
“Or you’d just have to take it to a body shop and have all the sheet metal repainted, which is pretty expensive.”