How to Fix a Car Dent or Scratch

Mechanic Fixing Car Scratches

Whether your car has a fine scratch or a good sized dent, you want to know how to repair it.

Some clear-coat scratches can be buffed away with a microfiber cloth, but sometimes the situation calls for a more robust solution. The technicians at Mercedes-Benz of Charleston compiled this step-by-step guide for how to fix a dent in a car, or fix scratches on a car’s clear coat.

Read our tips below, and keep in mind that our team at the Mercedes-Benz of Charleston service center is ready to help out when you give us a call!

How to Fix Scratches On a Car


  • Microfiber cloth
  • Fine-spray spritzer bottle of water
  • Piece of 3000 grit sandpaper
  • Piece of 5000 grit sandpaper
  • Clear coat polish
  • Car wax

Although a scratch is less immediate, learning how to fix a dent in a car is just as important. Untended scratches easily turn rusty or grow into a bigger issue, so fixing them ASAP is crucial. Before you attempt repairs, make sure the scratch only affects the clear coat of your car’s paint. If your fingernail doesn’t catch when you run it over the scratch, it’s only in the clear coat. If you find the paint underneath is scratched, not to worry — our certified service center can fix deeper scratches and match your Mercedes-Benz paint color exactly.

Clear coat scratches can happen in all kinds of ways — for example, from dirt caught in a sponge during cleaning or a jacket zipper dragging against the car door. Fortunately, removing them is simple. Follow these steps for how to fix a scratch on a car’s clear coat:

Removing the scratch:

  1. Attempt to clear away the blemish with a soft microfiber cloth.
  2. Clean the area with soapy water and a towel. Dirt or debris rubbed into the paint can cause more damage.
  3. Tape off the scratch so you don’t lose track of it.
  4. Lightly spray the scratch and the sandpaper with water.
  5. Moving against the grain of the scratch, gently sand it down with 3000 grit sandpaper. Start with 5000 grit if the scratch is very fine.
  6. If you started with 3000 grit, move to 5000 grit to blend the scratch into the surrounding area.
  7. Continue respraying and sanding the scratch until it disappears.


  1. Clean the surface again.
  2. Apply clear coat polish with a microfiber cloth, using a swirling motion.
  3. Buff away access polish.
  4. Apply car wax.

How to Fix a Small Dent in a Car

To fix a fix dent in a car at home, you can try the following methods:

  • Use heat. If the dent is on a plastic part of the car like the bumper, you may be able to fix it with heat.Try a hair dryer on high, followed by compressed air. Another heat option is boiling water followed by a manual push out.
  • Use a plunger. If the dent is in the steel body of the car, you may be able to pull the dented area back into place with a plunger.
  • Use an auto dent removal kit. You can purchase kits online for repairing auto body dents. If you’re feeling uncertain about fixing a dent, call our service center for details!

Rely on Charleston for Specialized Mercedes-Benz Service

Even when you know how to fix a dent in a car with confidence, the do-it-yourself approach isn’t for everyone. Schedule an appointment at our service center so we can make your vehicle’s exterior shine again! If you have questions about Mercedes-Benz oil service, or need help jump-starting a car. Don’t hesitate to reach out to our expert technicians — we’re here to help!

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5 Dudley Farms Lane Charleston, WV


Phone: (304) 746-0500

5 Dudley Farms Lane Charleston, WV


Phone: (304) 746-0500

5 Dudley Farms Lane Charleston, WV
38.326558 -81.713262
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Mercedes-Benz of Charleston
5 Dudley Farms Lane
Charleston, WV, 25309 United States
(304) 746-0500
Mercedes-Benz of Charleston 38.326558, -81.713262.