DIY Car Scratch Repairs: Our Advice on T-Cut

Are you planning to do a DIY car scratch repair? Unfortunately, it would seem that acquiring scratches to the bodywork of your vehicle is as much a part of car ownership as having to have regular MOTs performed. Often, many car owners ask when a scratch is found on their car whether they can rectify it themselves, especially if this is the first scratch.

In cases such as this, T-Cut may prove an effective means of scratch remedy. In order to help you better understand the practice and application of T-Cut we have provided an outline of this method beneath.

So what is “T-Cut”?

T-Cut is a liquid based scratch remover that can be purchased from many supermarkets and petrol stations. The solution was invented in 1954 in Lancashire and the brand celebrated their Diamond Anniversary last year. The anniversary marked the release of a specifically designed can that was actually encrusted with Swarovski Crystal Diamonds!

The name “T-Cut” comes from the solutions original and full name- “Tetrosyl Cutting Oil”. Like all polishes, the solution is slightly abrasive and works by removing the bodywork’s topcoat along with any scratches. The uses for T-Cut are not strictly limited to scratch removal, the solution is equally effective when used on paintwork along the entirety of the car’s bodywork.

How to use T-Cut on your vehicle:

Before beginning with T-Cut ensure that the body of your car is both clean and dry. This is because any dirt remnants left on the bodywork can further damage your paintwork. Next, select the cloth which will be used for application. Old cotton t-shirts are especially good, however old rags also work, just make sure to avoid items with fluffy fibres as these can also damage the paintwork.

Then apply the T-Cut solution to the cloth and rub into the scratch area using a gentle circular motion. Once the scratch has been removed, take another cloth and use it to remove any excess T-Cut solution from the bodywork. Next wax the area of the car’s bodywork you have applied to solution to. This is important as you have removed the top protective layer and prevents corrosion from occurring.

If you want to restore the entirety of your cars paintwork, then the process is more time and labour intensive. This is because each panel should be done in isolation and also because regular waxing will be required to prevent corrosion to the paintwork.

If you do not feel comfortable performing a DIY car scratch repair on your vehicle, then do not fear! Here at Chips Away we offer a dedicated paint removing service utilising a number of techniques, for further information a member of our customer service team can be contacted by calling: 0161 483 0006.