Recently, one of our fantastic followers Tweeted us a question we hadn’t addressed before. @OliveTulips wondered whether we had any tips for removing scratches from a car dashboard. Great question, right? We thought so too, so we decided to do some research. Here’s what we found.

3 easy steps to removing scratches on your dashboard

You’ll need:

  • Soapy water
  • Clean water
  • Rags
  • Heat gun (or a hair dryer, in a pinch)
  • Graining pad
  • 2000-grit sandpaper

1. Clean the area

Clean the scratched area to remove any dirt or debris. Then rinse with clean water and dry.

2. Soften with heat

Using the heat gun or hair dryer (turned on to about 50 percent), heat the scratched surface until it gets a bit soft and shiny.

Note: This can go bad fast. Be careful not to have the heat on too high or for too long so the plastic doesn’t warp.

3. Sand it down

Hold the grain pad on the now-soft surface for a few seconds in order to match the texture of the dashboard. Next, if the dashboard is plastic and smooth, gently sand it with the sandpaper. You can use your finger to press down on any remaining scratches. And you’re done!

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about Rachael

After studying Literature and Writing in San Diego, Rachael said farewell to her sunny hometown and left for San Francisco to revel in the fog. When she’s not writing Tweets and blogs and all manner of copy for Esurance, Rachael spends her free time hiking, enjoying the sparse sunshine at Ocean Beach, and seeking out the best reading spots in the city.