Car paint repair with Vaseline, WD40 & toothpaste. Do or Don’t?

In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it is incredibly easy to scratch your car. Whether it’s simply not paying attention or parking in the wrong spot – accidents happen. And when they do, you want them fixed with a car paint repair.


Because, even worse than the accident itself, your car will show a permanent reminder in form of an ugly scratch. And while at best it puts you in a foul mood, those ugly marks could eventually lead to moisture ingress or rust, creating an even larger headache for you to deal with.

Going a step further, not only can these scratches cause serious problems for your vehicle, it will reduce the value of it. After all, potential buyers could be put off by obvious damage.

So what is the solution?

Here are a few of the home remedies you’ve probably heard can be used to remove scratches, and how effective they really are when it comes to car paint repairs.

Skipping to the end, at best it will make your car look superficially better and at worst it will waste your time!


Much like how toothpaste can whiten teeth, it can also ‘fix scratches’.

And while the myth is true, it is not actually a DIY solution – it is simply a superficial fix. It might make the scratch look slightly better, but it simply won’t deal with potential underlying issues.

This is of course not an ideal solution for your car. Issues of rust can still form with a toothpaste solution.


The wonder can that is WD40 can help prevent squeaks, loosen rusted parts, and free sticky mechanisms from the surface. It even has the added benefit of potentially making scratches on your car look better.

If you spray WD-40 onto your vehicle and put a little elbow grease into it with a rag you’ll see the scratches looking slightly better.

While it may not permanently fix the issues, you will notice the scratches fading. Again though, this is not quite the same as a professional fix – keep that in mind.


Finally, Vaseline. This is another urban legend when it comes to car paint repair.

Vaseline will not protect the paint on your car from damage. In fact, the oil in Vaseline may even attract dirt and dust which will cause scratches to worsen.

So the urban myths are just myths. What should you do instead?

Anything worth doing is worth doing well – and there are no quick and easy fix to car scratches.

While you can try to make a scratch disappear, you’ll be better off leaving it in the hands of a professional who will not only provide a quality scratch repair but ensure any underlying issues are addressed.

The good news for Sydneysiders is professional help is at hand – and it is not expensive or inconvenient to fix a scratch either. Bumpertek takes the hassle out of car paint repairs.

Simply contact us, send us a photo of your car, book in time and place that works for you and we will do the rest.