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Best car scratch removers 2018 - top 6 paintwork blemish fixers tested

evo staff
25 Mar 2018

Removing scratches from your car’s paintwork is satisfying work. We review the products best at the job.

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Scratches and swirls marked across the surface of a car’s paintwork are a source of angst for many. These blemishes, however, are rarely terminal, and can often be removed to restore the look of your car. We look at the best scratch removers out there.

While effective, these scratch removers can’t work miracles. But they should be able to remove marks that can be seen but not felt with a fingernail. For the purpose of this test and to find the best solution available, we’ve focused on the higher-end scratch removers.

To assess all the options we applied them to a body panel sporting swirls and light scratches. After working them into the surface, we judged them on their ability to remove the scratches and the overall state of the finish.

Meguiar’s Ultimate Compound

 

Price: Around £14
Size: 450ml
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Rating: ★★★★★

Not only did it lift scratches and swirls from the targeted area on the body panel better than the other products on test, it also left the smartest finish on the paintwork, offering a shiny, polished appearance. To apply the compound you can use a foam pad, or cloth as well as a machine polisher.

Autoglym Scratch Removal Complete Kit

 

Price: Around £17
Size: 100ml
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Rating: ★★★★☆

Autoglym’s kit finishes runner-up on account of its price. Despite costing more than our winner, you get less than four times’ the formula per bottle, however it was equally effective at restoring the scratched surface. It claws back some value points thanks to the inclusion of a microfibre cloth, foam applicator and a 100ml bottle of Super Resin Polish to apply after the scratch remover.

T-Cut Rapid Scratch Remover

Price: Around £10
Size: 500ml
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Rating: ★★★★☆

We found T-Cut required a little more time to remove scratches than our winner, although the end result was almost as good. The T-Cut, however, betters our front runners in value terms, meaning you’re less reluctant to use it lavishly in attempts to rid scratches from your car.

Farecla G3 Professional Scratch Remover

Price: Around £10
Size: 500ml
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Rating: ★★★★☆

Like those above, the G3 solution proved capable at removing the variety of blemishes found on our test surface. Where it failed to match them, though, was in the final finish, which lacked the same reflective sheen and could do with a polish to achieve the desired results.

Black Diamond Cut & Shine

Price: Around £5
Size: 500ml
Rating: ★★★★☆

Black Diamond’s budget formula isn’t as abrasive as the others in the list, tending more towards revitalising the paint rather than lifting the scratches. Unsurprisingly then, its final finish was impressive, and it took appreciably longer to remove scratches, but barring the worst of the marks it made good progress.

Auto Finesse Revitalise Polish 2

Price: Around £17
Size: 500ml
Rating: ★★★★☆

Time and effort was a constraining factor to the success of Auto Finesse’s scratch remover. It took two attempts to remove scratches, where others required just one, although the final results in terms of scratch removal and shine weren't far off the winners. To achieve the best results Auto Finesse recommend using a machine polisher.

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