My wife drives into stuff. Specifically, she (apparently) enjoys running into the frame of our garage door while pulling into her space. To keep my marriage happy, I have stopped getting upset about these things. I try to keep my cars scratch free and I test products on her scratches and dents. As you can see in the lead picture for this article she really got the garage this time. This is the second time that this has happened to her Chrysler Town & Country, a van with less than 2,500 miles. Since I have already buffed out the first scuff I figured that this one was there for good. I was wrong.
I picked up a tube of Meguiars ScratchX 2.0 a few months ago at my local auto parts store for $11.99 because someone has backed into the long term test EcoBoost F-150 (picture to the left). I chose it because it was the only non-compound scratch remover that they had in stock. I am happy to report that I picked a good one. Please forgive the diatribe, but I have started going waterless when washing the long term Ford F-150. The trick to this is keeping it clean almost all the time and using a waterless wash agent (more about that in future reviews). My point, the scuff that you can see in that picture had already been cleaned, buffed, and rubbed using waterless wash, spray detail, and other waxes, but it remained.
Meguiars ScratchX 2.0, a terry towel and two minutes of rubbing made that scuff disappear. I did not expect it to so easily remove the scuff given the amount of time I had spent buffing it with spray detailer, but ScratchX wiped it away. Somehow the “micro abrasives” that are in ScratchX managed to provide more scrubbing power than other polishes without actually being abrasive. As you can see in the picture to the right, the mark is gone.
And now onto the real test. The scuff (that is one large scuff) on the front left side of our new dark gray Chrysler Town & Country appear to be beyond a surface mark and as a result, I only expected to improve it. To start, I cleaned the entire area with a fresh terry cloth and some spray detailer. This made no difference to the scuff, but did prevent me from buffing a bunch of grit into the paint. After this, I took a fresh cloth, put a large drop of ScratchX on it and rubbed it across the entire area as shown in the picture to the left.
Beyond having “micro abrasives” it appears that ScratchX also has a bit of solvent in it, because a quick rub removed quite a bit of the scuff. This picture was taken after no more than two minutes of rubbing.
After cleaning the area again with some spray detailer I went back to work. This time I applied a fresh coat of ScratchX and then went to town rubbing the remaining problem areas. The more time spent on an area the better it looked. To my amazement, all of the mark at the top of the scuff disappeared. After another minute of polishing the rest of the scuff was gone. If you look through the pictures below you’ll see that there is still a mark under the bottom ridge of the bumper, but that is only there because I missed it while scrubbing. I am sure that another minute or two would have that spot removed as well.
So there you have it. If you have any kind of surface mark, I highly recommend Meguiars ScratchX 2.0. If you have managed to remove paint or scratch the clear coat on your car I would recommend visiting a qualified professional detailer or body shop. If you think what you have is on the surface ScratchX is worth a try.