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How To Fix Scratched Car Interior Plastic

Is the interior of your cars plastic scratched? Having scratches on the interior plastic or vinyl of your car can be ugly. Especially if you are going to be selling it. Many times by moving things in and out of your car, scratching of the plastic interior can occur. There are different methods to repairing and fixing this yourself. Most involve sanding the plastic, painting the plastic, and heating the plastic.


One of the easiest ways to fix this fast is to go to an auto salvage yard and find the same exact car as yours. With any luck you can find the exact piece of door panel plastic in the exact color. We have done this many times with doors, bumpers, mirrors, and dashboards. However, if using an auto salvage yard is not possible, then see below for how to fix this without replacing the plastic.

To repair the scratched plastic on your car interior WITHOUT A KIT:

STEP 1: Clean the plastic surface to remove any dirt or debris.

STEP 2: Using a heat gun, put the heat to about half and warm the scratched surface until it is soft and mushy. NOTE: Make sure you do not overheat the plastic as you WILL burn it.

STEP 3: Apply a grain pad (around $7 dollars) to the plastic surface as this will re-texture the plastic. NOTE: Be careful when doing this step as the plastic will be very HOT!

STEP 4: After applying the grain pad, let the plastic cool and sand with superfine sandpaper to smooth it out if needed.

TIP: If the plastic has faded, you can purchase special types of dyes that are made just for car plastic.


Another way of fixing the scratched plastic is to use a kit. A car interior plastic scratch remover kit will cost around $40 to $50 depending on different factors. The best scratch remover kit we have used is from Scratch Wizard and came with everything needed to fix the scratches in the plastic.

To repair the scratched plastic on your car interior WITH A KIT:

STEP 1: Sand the scratched plastic with 220-240 fine grit sandpaper.

STEP 2: Apply the included activator to the scratch.

STEP 3: Sand again with 220-240 fine grit sandpaper.

STEP 4: Clean with the supplied cleaner.

STEP 5: Apply multiple coats of the factory color matched dye included with the kit.

NOTE: A heat gun accelerates the drying process.

This Scratch Wizard kit can be used on plastic, vinyl, or leather in your car’s interior. More info on the kit here.

A scratch removal kit from ScratchWizard will include… 11 oz. factory-matched vinyl, leather, and plastic dye in aerosol spray can. 4 oz. vinyl, leather, and plastic cleaner, scuff pad, superglue and activator, 220 grit sandpaper, and video instructions.

Remove scratches from interior plastic door panel

If you know of any other EASY methods for removing scratches on the plastic interior of a car, please leave a comment below. Thank you.

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