How to Fix Car Scratches (Don’t Tell My Husband)

I’ve got a secret.  Can I trust you guys to keep it for me??  I had a very stressful day a couple of weeks ago and was not paying attention when I got to the parking lot of the hospital where I was going.  As I pulled in to one of the tightest parking spaces I’ve ever seen in my life I heard the sickening scrape of car meeting bright yellow concrete parking support.  I finished parking and decided I couldn’t even deal with the damage at that point and would look when I was feeling braver.  At some point in the late afternoon I finally walked around to look at what I’d done.  It was bad.  Yellow paint and concrete scratched ugly marks all over the rear passenger side of my car.  I could just hear the female driver shaming that would be taking place when my husband saw it.  He is a very kind man and gives me a lot of grace for these kinds of mistakes but with everything going on in my life right now I just didn’t want to hear it 🙂  It was dark when I got home that night and dark when he left for work the next morning so I knew my best shot at fixing it would be before he got home the that afternoon.  Here’s the before and after (the white streaks are snow!):

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Would you like to know the secret of how I pulled this off?  MAGIC ERASERS!  Is there no limit to what these miracle little pads can accomplish??  The time stamp on those two pictures is about 2 minutes apart.  I wet a magic eraser, used a bit of elbow grease scrubbing the paint off, and now it’s (mostly) good as new.  There were just a couple of deeper scratches that will need touch up paint but are hopefully not noticeable to the husband eye.  Unfortunately, this is not the first time this has worked for me.  I hit the side of my own house, yes my own house, this summer and was able to use a magic eraser to remove the house paint from the side of my car.  Give this a try on the scratches on your car and let me know how it worked.  The moral of the story – magic erasers are truly magic, and stay far away from me when I’ve driving!

 

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