Remove a Small Scuff Mark and Dent from Your Car Door's Surface

Posted on: 16 August 2016

A small scuff mark and dent in your car door's surface that occurred when you hit the side of a building can be repaired by completing the following instructions. Once you have removed signs of damage, touch up paint if there are any spots that are chipped and apply a coat of clear, rubbing compound to blend the fresh paint with the rest of the paint on the vehicle's body.


  • automotive detergent
  • bucket of warm water
  • long-handled scrub brush
  • handheld scrub brush
  • water hose
  • hand sander
  • sandpaper
  • tack cloth
  • small plunger
  • touch-up paint
  • clear rubbing compound (designed for automobiles)
  • buffing pad
  • lint-free cloth

Clean and Sand the Damaged Portion of the Car's Body

Prepare a cleaning solution for the scuff mark that consists of a warm bucket of water that has a small amount of automotive detergent added to it. Treat the dirty portion of the car's surface with a long-handled scrub brush that has been dipped into the sudsy water. If there is any dirt trapped in small crevices in or around the damaged part of the car's body, clean the area with a handheld scrub brush and soapy water.

Rinse the car's body with a water hose when finished and wait for the automobile's surface to dry. Lightly sand the damaged section of the car's body if there are spots that contain chipped paint. Once the surface of the car's body is smooth, remove fine residue from the automobile's exterior by moving a tack cloth over it.

Eliminate the Dent and Add Touch-Up Paint Where Needed

Secure the rubber end of a handheld plunger that has been dampened with water directly over the small dent in the vehicle's body. Pull the tool back firmly toward yourself. Reapply the tool and remove it as many times as needed until the dent has been removed. Use a bottle of touch-up paint that is designed for automobiles to cover any spots on the car's body that are lacking paint. Brush an even coat of paint over each area in need.

After the paint dries, add a second coat of the product to darken the color of the paint. Pour a few drops of clear automotive rubbing compound onto a buffing pad. Move the pad around in small circles over the new paint as you press the back of the pad. Once the fresh paint is well blended with the original paint, remove excess compound with a clean cloth. Your car's body will no longer have any visible signs of damage.

Talk to a company such as Lakeside Collision Kirkland for more information.