How to Remove Car Scratches and Swirl Marks

How to Remove Car Scratches and Swirl Marks


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Behold the secrets from Mount Olympus which will take your car detailing level from Beginner to Godhood with these easy to follow steps.

This Guide will help you:

 1. Discover the correct techniques to remove surface scratches and swirl marks from your car to leave a showroom finish.

2. Identify the exact Car wax and polish products which will give you the best results.

3. Become a god-level detailer through a greater understanding of why you should use waxes/polishes and the benefits they yield.



Nothing incurs the wrath of the gods greater than discovering a fine surface scratch or swirl mark on your car’s bodywork. These offending marks can be identified easily by passing a fingernail over the scratch and feeling no obstruction.

Be assured, removing these surface scratches doesn't need to be one of the twelve labours of Heracles. This in-depth how-to guide and our leading car care products will help you tackle these marks and leave a perfect showroom finish. 

To get started you need:


Do I really need both Wax and Polish?


The gods say yes! Car polish is a mild abrasive that smooths and flattens the paintwork removing blemishes, marks and scratches. Wax provides a protective layer, creating a barrier to ward against pollutants from the roads, UV rays and rainwater from the heavens above. Additionally, a good wax can help prevent scratches from appearing on your clear coat. Clear coat is a layer of protection that rests atop your car’s paintwork and provides that amazing, high-gloss shine.

Very often polishing and waxing work to complement each other and protect the long-term quality finish of your vehicle’s exterior.




Firstly, you must wash and thoroughly dry the area you would like to treat before applying car wax or car polish. This will remove any dirt on your car's bodywork, avoiding leaving dirt, grime and dust trapped beneath your layer of wax. Not only that, but you could also potentially damage your paintwork further by rubbing abrasive elements across the bodywork when waxing.

For best results use our Triton Arctic Storm snow foam, prior to pure shampoo, to lift stubborn grime and surface contaminants with ease, preparing your car for treatment.Snow Foaming a Jaguar F-Pace


Move your car into a shaded area to prevent applied and ensure your paintwork is cool before starting. Put on your gloves and shake your bottle of polish before use to ensure the product is well mixed.

Polishing is a crucial step towards achieving that showroom finish! By polishing the car before waxing we can avoid trapping blemishes and old wax beneath the new coat.


First, apply a small amount of Pure Compound onto a clean, damp microfibre cloth or applicator. Then apply evenly onto the scratched bodywork using a circular, overlapping motion. When using a polishing machine, apply steady pressure and work in a straight line, overlapping slightly as you work over a panel.

It is important to pace yourself and work on one panel at a time. This will keep a consistent direction to ensure an even covering. Be careful to keep the compound off windows and plastic. If a little bit does get on either surface quickly wipe it off before it dries.


After buffing until the scratch is no longer visible, you should use your last clean microfibre cloth to wipe away any remaining polish residue. As you work you will also be removing the previous layers of protective wax from your bodywork. This is why applying car wax in the next step is vital to protect from the elements and any further damage.Polishing a Car's Bodywork

Repeat application as required and let the gods marvel at your success.

5. WAX

Pour your wax of choice onto a clean microfibre cloth. Use a circular, overlapping motion to cover the area in a thin layer of wax. Allow the wax to dry to a haze (usually 3 to 5 minutes) before lightly buffing off with a second clean cloth.



Is any task too great for the gods?

Although you are in great hands when dealing with surface scratches, our products aren't suitable for scratches that are deeply ingrained in the paintwork. These deeper scratches can be created accidentally by scraping your car against a wall or curb, or deliberately caused by a vandal (if your car is ‘keyed’).


Is Paint Sealant better than Car Wax?

Both have the same purpose, protection and provide a shiny glossy look to your vehicle. However, sealants are more durable and last longer. So, it’s up to your preference.

Some of our car waxes also contain a polish. These provide protection and give the surface a nice deep shine, also have a cleaning effect.


What’s the difference between car wax and polish?

Car wax and car polish are often used interchangeably however are very different things. While car polish is used to remove defects from a car’s ‘coat’, car wax protects that coat. Car wax is essentially a protective layer that keeps a car looking shiny and new, regardless of age.

On the other hand, when you use car polish you are using an abrasive. Many people use polish to remove grease, dirt and light scratches from paint (to reveal perfect paint).

Good car wax can reduce the need or frequency of car polishing altogether.