Car Scuff Repair

November 18, 2021
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Car Scuff Repair

There are different types of car scuffs, each requiring a specific fix. We will discuss some ways to fix these auto paint imperfections. If you have the right tools and skills, you might be able to perform car scuff repair on your own in Colorado Springs. However, if you find yourself needing more support, it's time to contact Phil Long Collision Center for expert guidance.

Car Bumper Scuff Repair

If you have scratched the fiberglass or plastic bumper by running into something, you might be able to fix it yourself. However, you don’t want to perform these steps if there are cracks or scratches.


You will need factory-matched paint, primer, clear coat, sandpaper, and the supplies to clean the vehicle. Once you have all of these components, you can follow these steps.
  • Tape off areas you don’t want to be painted.
  • Sand the bumper surface down until it is smooth.
  • Clean the affected area completely.
  • Prime the bumper.
  • Paint the bumper.
  • Apply a layer of clear coat for protection.

Hire A Professional:

You don't want to repair the car bumper scuff if you are also dealing with dents, cracks, or scratches. Without a professional paint job, the body could peel or chip, creating more damage later.

Car Door Scuff Repair

If you have a car door scuff that hasn’t penetrated the clear coat of the paint, you might be able to repair it quickly at home.


You must start with a clean car. Otherwise, you could get surrounding dirt and grime into the scuffed area, leading to more damage. Once the car is clean, grab some toothpaste and a rag to follow these steps.
  • Put a small amount of toothpaste on your damp cloth.
  • Rub the scuff mark with a circular motion.
  • Continue rubbing gently until the scuff mark is gone.

You can add a buffing attachment to your drill if you want the process to go faster. Just work slowly and be careful not to cause more damage to the paint.

Hire A Professional:

If the scuffs are large or you see scratches in the paint itself, you want to visit an auto body shop in Colorado Springs. You won’t be able to buff out imperfections in the paint.

Car Paint Scuff Repair

View of a professional repairing a car paint scuff.

A scuff to the paint can be found in the clear coat alone, or it can penetrate deeper. If the issue is only found in the clear coat, you may be able to follow the same steps we set out above.


Try the toothpaste and buffing method if the paint scuffs are located in the clear coat. Just be careful not to penetrate deeper than the clear coat, or you will require professional paint repair.

Hire A Professional:

If the scuff has turned into scratches to the paint, you will need to hire a professional. You shouldn’t attempt to buff out deep scratches; the damage will only get worse unless you are willing to repaint the entire area.

Car Plastic Scuff Repair

If the interior plastic has scuffs on it from shoes or another object, you might be able to get the marks out on your own, depending on how severe they are. Our steps work for door sill plates, the inside door panels, as well as the plastic panels between the seat and the door.


If you notice interior plastic scuffs, you want to try a special polish designed for the material. With the right polish in hand, follow these steps.
  • Clean off the affected area. Make sure no dirt or dust remains.
  • Apply some of the polish to a clean rag, as per the instructions.
  • Rub the affected area with the polish until the scuffs are removed.

Hire A Professional:

If the scuffs are too large to handle or the polish isn’t working, you need professional support. Additionally, you don’t want to use interior car polish on any deep scratches.

Car Leather Scuff Repair

Your car leather can become easily scuffed over time, but it’s simple to repair if you catch the imperfections early enough.


Repair leather scuffs with a special conditioner or a polish made for the material. Follow these steps once you choose the product.
  • Clean off the affected area. Make sure no dirt or dust remains.
  • Apply some of the polish to a clean rag, as per the instructions.
  • Rub the affected area with the polish until the scuffs are removed.

Hire A Professional:

If the leather is torn, ripped, or worn excessively, it's best to get professional help. Unless you are used to working with leather, you could create more damage during a DIY repair.

Car Scuff Repair Cost

The total car scuff repair cost depends on how much area is affected and what type of vehicle you drive. However, here are a few estimates to consider.


If you plan to repair the car scuffs yourself, you only need to pay for the supplies. You might even have most of the products sitting at home. The rest of the job is all labor, requiring some of your time.

Hire A Professional:

Repairing car scuffs can cost as little as $100 if it's a minor repair. However, once the scratches get deep, the cost can quickly grow to $2,000 or more, depending on your vehicle. For this reason, you want to have auto paint imperfections dealt with immediately.

Why Choose Phil Long Collision Center For All Car Scuff Repairs

Phil Long Collision Center is the premier auto body shop in Colorado Springs. Whether you are dealing with minor car scuffs or you notice deep scratches in the paint, our team of certified technicians can restore the beauty of your vehicle. Contact us today for your consultation.


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