Knowing how to remove scratches from plastic can save some money the next time your favorite CD or the plastic on your car gets a scratch on it. Plastic scratch removal kits are readily available and cost less than having the scratch dealt with professionally. For smaller scratches, using an at home kit can get your CD working again or your car looking shiny and new in no time.
Items You'll Need
- Plastic scratch remover kit
- Soft cloth
- Purchase a plastic polish and scratch remover kit. These are available online through retail websites and often in electronic stores or supermarkets in the electronics section. For scratches on the plastic of automobiles, look for a scratch remover kit in the automotive section. It includes stronger materials meant for automobiles while the traditional plastic scratch remover kits are usually meant for small, everyday objects. Check that the kit includes scratch remover, polish, a cloth for cleaning, and instructions.
- Read the instructions for any safety tips or advice specific to your kit. Kits follow the same basic rules, but it's always important to check the tips and safety information before removing a scratch from plastic.
- Clean the scratched surface with a soft cloth. Depending on the material, washing with gentle soap and a damp rag will work. If you're concerned about the object getting wet, simply wipe the surface off with a soft, dry cloth instead. This removes any dust or dirt that could scratch the material further while you are removing scratches from the plastic.
- Apply the scratch remover solution to the scratch. Spray or dab it onto the scratch and use the cloth to gently buff out the scratch. Move in small, circular motions and apply more of the solution as needed to remove the scratch from the plastic surface.
- Wipe the solution off the plastic. Read the instructions to determine whether you should rinse the solution off or simply wipe it away with a clean cloth. Repeat the cleaning process if the scratch has not been removed from the plastic.
- Apply the polish. Take a clean cloth and rub the plastic polish onto the plastic to better hide the scratch. For CDs and DVDs, check the instructions to see if you should skip this step.
Remember that removing scratches from plastic can cause damage and may not fix the problem if you are repairing a CD or DVD. Consider taking the disc to a movie or game rental store and paying for them to remove the scratch. In the case of deep scratches, this may be the only way to get the disc working again.