Black plastic is a common feature of most cars. As most of them are found in your car’s exterior, it is inevitable not to encounter scenarios that cannot cause any scratches.
With everyday wear and tear, as you use your car every day in different locations, your car exteriors normally get scratches. Little by little, these scratches become a headache, and unfortunately, it will have a big impact on the aesthetic look of your car.
The good thing about black plastic exterior scratches is the fact that there are possible ways to deal with it. Depending on the severity of the scratch, you might need to exert a lot of effort to efficiently get rid of them. You don’t have to worry, though; you can solve such predicament through the following steps.
What Tools and Materials Do I Need?
Before starting the first step of the process, make sure that you have already gathered the necessary tools and equipment. These are:
- Dishwashing soap
- Rubbing alcohol
- Baking soda
- Cotton rounds
- Polishing compound (metal or compound)
How to Deal with Scratches on the Black Plastic Car Exterior
First Step – Assess the Scratches
Your very first step is to assess the scratches. Keep in mind that how deep or how shallow the scratch is will tell you how much effort or what methods you must use to solve the problem.
The use of toothpaste and baking soda is enough in dealing with shallow scratches. However, deeper ones need to go through many stages to be removed efficiently.
Second Step – Thoroughly Clean the Surface
Once done with the assessment, the second step is to make sure that the surface is well-cleaned before going on the next stage.
Bear in mind that cleaning the surface is an important stage of dealing scratches. This is to avoid any debris or dirt to worsen scratch. In this step, you can use water, dishwashing soap, and cloth to clean the surface or rubbing alcohol with round-shaped cotton.
Third Step – Buff the Scratches
This step includes the use of lighter abrasives like toothpaste and baking soda. The silica found in toothpaste has enough polishing properties. Here’s a step by step guide for toothpaste and baking soda application.
- Put enough amount of toothpaste in the scratched part.
- With the use of round cotton or clean cloth, rub the surface in a small circular manner.
- Do it repeatedly until you see some improvements.
- Rinse it with water once you observe that scratches are gone out.
If toothpaste is not your preference, you can use baking soda instead. Make a paste of baking soda and water and rub it unto the surface with a cotton ball or clean cloth. Work it out gently and circularly. From time to time, rinse your work to check improvements, you can repeat the process until the scratches are finally removed.
What if using both baking soda and toothpaste doesn’t deal with the problem? You can proceed using wet sandpaper.
Fourth Step – Use Wet Sandpaper
More serious scratches require wet sandpaper. This is because it has more force than baking soda and toothpaste, making it efficient in dealing with scratches. The moisture will help in building up with the plastic material and sandpaper; thus, scarring is prevented.
- Immerse the sandpaper into the water several times until it gets fully soaked.
- Sand the scratched surface with lesser pressure in a smooth circular motion. Exerting too much pressure might give way for more scratches.
- Wash the surface every now and then to see visible results. You may repeat the process as needed.
Fifth Step – Finer Gritting is Needed
If the former step simply doesn’t give you the best result, you may choose finer grit to completely get rid of scratches on your car plastic. The higher the number of grits, the finer the sandpaper is. You may choose sandpaper with 1000 grits and do the same process as the latter one.
If it’s still not enough, you may choose 2000 grit instead and repeat the process. At the end of this step, always clean the scratched area with a wet cloth.
Sixth Step – Polish for a Shiner Look
After working out the in scratched part of your car plastic, you will notice dullness in that area. To relive its shiny look, apply a polishing compound. Put either metal or plastic polishing compound on the area you’ve been working.
Use dry and clean cloth in the application and do it still, in a circular movement. You might need to repeat the process for a lot of time, but eventually, the original aesthetic look of the black plastic will be back.
It’s annoying to see a lot of scratches on the black plastic of your car after all the care you exert. Although such damages will eventually occur, it’s better to keep your car safe and protected from untoward accidents that may cause deeper scratches.
Remember to check your exterior from time to time; in this way, lighter scratches will be dealt with easily, preventing more damages to come.