How to Touch Up a Car Paint Scratch with Toothpaste!

A few weeks ago, my girls and I were dashing into a dance competition in the rain and wind. This particular storm blew in earlier than expected, and my daughter was freaking out because she was afraid that the weather would wreck her performance hair and makeup, as well as soak her costumes. We were early enough to get a good spot, so the girls threw open their doors and made a run for it, as did I.

I found out the next day that one of my daughters threw her door open right in her teammate's car, who was parked right next to us, and of course, had just purchased a new minivan. Her mom told me the next day, more out of a "hey, I'm going to bust on you" way than a "you damaged my car and owe me big" way, but I was mortified. I've tried to teach my girls to be very careful when they open their doors in parking lots, but apparently, that all went out the window with the rain.

Anyway, she refused to take any money, but since it was a simple surface scratch, she took me up on my offer to attempt to fix it with toothpaste if she could watch me do it and learn herself.

This trick works best if the scratch or scuff hasn't penetrated all the way through the clear coat. If you can grab the scratch with your fingernail, it's probably too deep for this to work.

Toothpaste works to sand down the uneven surface and fill the gap, so to speak.  Whitening toothpaste works best. Although we don't think of "sanding" our teeth when we brush, that's actually what we're doing!

1.       Clean the area where the scratch is. Buffing in dirt will make the problem worse.

2.       Add a dab of toothpaste to a damp cloth.

3.       Rub the toothpaste onto the scratch.

4.       When the scratch is gone, you're done!

She was blown away by how easy it was, and being able to pass on that trick definitely helped with my guilt!

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