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Will toothpaste remove scuffs from your car’s paint?

Life hacks are all the rage these days. Unfortunately, most of the tricks found across the web aren’t actually very helpful. That’s why on our “Car Hacks” video series we test every automotive life hack we can find and let you know if it’s a stud or a dud. Hopefully we’ll be able to give you some useful advice, or at the very least save you some wasted time. Thank you for trusting us for your car products needs be it for your paint protection, making your interior clean and especially for that wet look finish.

On this episode of “Car Hacks,” Amr tries using toothpaste to remove scuffs from his car’s paint. Will this hack be a cheap alternative to actual car polish? Or will it leave his car minty fresh? Watch the video above to find out. And be sure to check out the rest of our “Car Hacks”!

Keep in mind, these hacks aren’t intended to be a replacement for industry best practices or professional maintenance techniques. If you’re eager to learn some great auto detailing tips, check out our “Autoblog Details” series.


Hey Autobloggers! Welcome to another episode of Car Hacks. Your vehicle probably deals with abuse on a daily basis, and sometimes you step out of your local grocery store and find scuffs on the paint. Most of us don’t have the money to get every scuff removed professionally, so we’re going to try this cheap alternative hack that claims to remove scuffs by using toothpaste. Let’s try it out.

So what exactly are scuffs? Scuffs are minor, barely visible scratches that typically don’t penetrate the clear coat of your paint.

Let me explain. Your car’s exterior is made of four layers: Clear coat, base coat, primer, and body panel. Anything that scratches beyond the clear coat needs to be treated professionally.

The hack that we’re using is asking for whitening toothpaste with tartar protection. The idea is that the toothpaste will act as an abrasive, similar to other abrasives found in car polish. First, clean the area with car soap and water Then, apply a generous amount of the toothpaste on a towel and scrub the scuffed area. The action of rubbing it against the car removes microscopic layers of film and clear coat causing the scuff to look invisible.

Once you’re done, carefully wash the area and wipe it away. Here’s the before and after. Even though it removed some of the scuff, it didn’t quite remove it all.

Did I miss a step? Did this hack work for you in the past? Let me know.

Hacks are fun to try but for tips on how to professionally care for your vehicle, check out Autoblog Details featuring Larry Kosilla. For more Car Hacks be sure to subscribe, and don’t forget to like and share this video. I’m Amr, safe travels.