When a black car looks good nothing beats it. The shine and reflection remind you why black cars are the best and most desirable cars on the road.
But black paint takes extra work. Scratches appear as if by magic.
We tested various Black Car Polishes designed to cover, fill and remove scratches on black cars.
Deeper scratches might need wet sanding and a touch-up. But, typical swirls marks, light scratches, and faded paint can be partially covered or removed using fantastic new products.
Meguiars 3-in-1 Wax is an excellent product for covering scratches on black car paint. It also removes oxidation and staining. Wax in the product fills in scratches and adds shine and production. It’s great for use by hand or with a machine polisher.
How to cover scratches on a black car
To get good results you need to do some prep work.
Your paint needs to be as clean as you can get it. The reason for this is that you will be using a lot of elbow grease to remove scratches. And any dirt will get ground into the paint and cause even more scratches. So get rid of it as best you can by properly washing and drying the car.
But you can go further and use iron removes and a clay bar to do a full decon.
Polish can be applied by hand or with a dual-action polishing machine. Use a clean microfibre applicator pad and work it into the paint while keeping it away from plastic trim. You may need to spend more time working it into the paint for heavy scratches. Buff off with a clean microfibre buffing cloth.
Review of Meguiars 3-in-1 Wax
If you have days to spare you could compound, polish, and wax your car in a multi-step detailing process. But having compound, polish, and wax in one product is a huge time saver.
Megs 3-in-1 is one of the great all-in-one products on the market. Getting your car decontaminated first will help get better results. But even if you just wash and dry your car before application you can still see a big change in the reflection of your paint and in the appearance of scuffs and scratches.
What type of products covers scratches?
Not all polishes have the ability to fill and cover scratches. In fact, most polishes used by professional detailers don’t have any filling ability.
These are known as pure polishes and are designed to remove scratches rather than fill them
A pro detailer will then apply separate products to protect the paint such as was, sealant, or ceramic coating.
Products that do both are more convenient
Other popular products include Autoglym Super Resin Polish. This is hugely popular in Europe. Its easy to apply by hand and has great scratch-covering ability Its super easy to buff off.
Also check out Turtle Wax Hybrid Solutions Ceramic Acrylic Black Polish. It’s specially formulated for black cars. It’s great by hand or with a machine polisher. Its also ver inexpensive.
Covering scratches by hand
If you don’t have a fancy dual-action machine polisher don’t worry. You can get really great results when working by hand too.
Once you have washed and dried your car, you can start applying your polish or glaze by hand. Use a microfibre applicator pad or a polishing sponge.
Don’t do the whole car at once. Do one section and then buff it off.
Massage the product into the paint. Most products with glaze or scratch-covering resins must be allowed to dry before being buffed off.
Don’t let the product set for too long as it could become difficult to buff off.
Using good quality microfibre towels will make buffing a lot easier.
Covering scratches with a DA Polisher
While good results can be achieved by hand, great results can be achieved with a Dual-Action Machine polisher. A DA polisher mimics the movement of your hand. It just does it a lot faster and more evenly.
A machine will help by removing more imperfections than doing it by hand. This will result in more gloss and shine.
One point to note is that the filling or scratch-covering ability of the product will not be improved by using a machine polisher.
Put a few drops of your product on a medium pad such as an orange hex-logic pad and start working on your paint.