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Minor Scratches a Major Headache for Car Owners

Simple Kit Makes Professional Scratch Repair a Snap in Your Driveway

You just bought your car, and all of a sudden tiny scratches appear around the door handle. Or brush marks across the hood from the car wash. Or the rear lift gate is pocked with fine scratches from boxes, sports gear and grocery bags. These small scratches deliver big irritation -- and an even bigger ding to the vehicle value.

There are three solutions to these small scratches -- have them repaired professionally for several hundred dollars, ignore them and hope they don't multiply, or tackle them yourself. Now, there is a simple, easy to use scratch repair kit that removes small scratches, restores shine and is backed by extensive product testing.

The 3M™ Scratch Removal System provides all the products and step-by-step guidance to repair small scratches. The Scratch Removal System from 3M improves a vehicle's appearance by sanding, compounding and polishing the clear coat. It is designed to remove defects to the clear coat, like fine scratches to the door handle, doors or trunk.

To determine if you should use the 3M Scratch Removal System, run your fingernail over the scratch. If you can feel the scratch, but your fingernail does NOT catch, your scratch can be repaired using the 3M Scratch Removal System. If your fingernail catches on the scratch or if you can see metal, follow manufacturers' repair procedure or see a professional collision shop. It will not eliminate deep or wide scratches or scratches that go through the clear coat, which may require repainting a portion of the vehicle.

Remove Scratches in a Snap

When removing a defect in the paint surface, you are actually removing a very thin layer of the clear coat paint. Although that might sound scary, the 3M Scratch Removal Kit helps you tackle the job without fear. All you need is a household drill (1200-1600 RPM), a microfiber cloth, spray bottle and water.

The 3M Scratch Removal Kit includes a disc pad holder for a drill, 3M Trizact 3000 grit sandpaper square, purple compounding pad, black polishing pad, 3M™ Rubbing Compound, 3M™ Scratch Remover and step-by-step directions for use. An instructional video is available on

The Process is Simple

If you've ever sanded and refinished a piece of furniture or patched drywall, you can make this simple repair. There are just five key steps in the process, and the entire project can be completed in just an hour on a small section of the vehicle.

1. Prepare the Surface -- Clean and remove dirt from the scratch area.

2. Sand the Scratch -- Use the abrasive pad to sand the area by hand until the scratch is no longer visible.

3. Refine the Scratch -- Attach the disc pad holder to the drill and the purple compounding pad to the disc pad holder. Using a quarter-sized amount of the 3M Rubbing Compound, buff the sanded area to ensure all scratches are removed from the surface.

4. Polish and Restore Shine -- Switch to the black polishing pad and apply a quarter-sized amount of 3M Scratch Remover onto the black pad. Polish area compounded to further remove scratches to level of desired shine.

5. Protect the Repaired Area -- For added protection, apply automotive wax to the repaired area and entire vehicle. For best results, 3M recommends using 3M Performance Finish Synthetic Wax.

The 3M Car Care product line is a comprehensive line of 3M products for automotive maintenance. The innovative product line includes performance cleaning products, waxes, compounds, adhesives, abrasives and specialty products, previously available exclusively to the professional market. 3M's Automotive Aftermarket Division serves the automobile owner and hobbyist as well as professional body shop, recreational vehicle and mechanical service markets.

The 3M Car Care product line can be found at leading automotive aftermarket retailers and online at For more information on 3M Car Care products, visit

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