The door handle on a car is one of the most common areas where you can experience damaged; this is simply because it gets used every time you hop in and out of the vehicle. There are various reasons why you may experience scratches, dents and marks on or behind the door handle, for example, fingernails, rings or keys. Whether you bring it to Scuff N’ Scratch for scratch repairs in Milton Keynes, or you have a small budget so want to give it a go yourself, there are many quick and easy fixes for door handle scratches.

The Ultimate Guide To Removing Door Handle Scratches

Although door handle scratches are very common, they are surprisingly easier to remove than you might imagine. It is important to know the severity of the scratches and how deep they actually are; this can easily be done by running your fingernail across the surface. If the scratches are quite deep, then we would suggest seeking help from a professional, such as our insurance approved car repairs in Buckingham and the surrounding areas.

However, if the scratches are not too deep, then it is possible for you to complete repairs yourself, following our simple and easy to follow guide! Our experienced and certified technicians have come up with the following methods to help you restore your cars paintwork:


Specialising in car care and valeting products, Autoglym has a variety of different products that are perfect for helping to remove door handle scratches. We would suggest buying a few of their products to keep on your shelf for a quick repair when a scratch appears. The three best products to use for your car door handle scratches are:

  • Paint Renovator
  • The Autoglym paint renovator is ideal for restoring paintwork damage such as scratches with minimal effort or technique required. When using this product, apply to the damaged area after it has been thoroughly cleaned and dried. For the best results, you should apply the renovator using strokes parallel to the scratches and increase the pressure dependent on the severity of each scratch.

  • Super Resin Polish
  • When scratches begin to appear on the inside of your door handle, the car can instantly look dull and uncared for. However, it is easy to give your vehicle a new lease of life with Autoglym’s super resin polish, with the ability the make the exterior of the car shine as well as remove scratches. This polish works best by applying thin layers in overlapping circles to create even coverage. To maintain your car’s shine, repeat this process every few months.

  • Scratch Removal Complete Kit
  • In addition to their super resin cloth, the complete kit includes a scratch remover, Hi-Tech Finishing Cloth and a scratch removal applicator. When using this product, you must first apply two pea-sized amounts of scratch remover to the white side of the applicator provided. Apply the remover to the damaged area in multiple directions to ensure the surface is covered. You should then apply more product if necessary and once the scratches have disappeared, wipe away any residue with a clean cloth.

    Cleaning Door Handle Scratches


    Originally known as Tetrosyl Cutting Oil, T-Cut is renowned for its ability to clean, restore and repair minor car damage. For door handle scratches, the two best products to use are:

  • Colour Fast Scratch Remover
  • T-Cut’s fast scratch remover will effortlessly remove scuffs and scratches with a flawless colour-matched finish. Available in original, black, white, silver, red, blue and green, this product will blend in with your car’s paintwork to remove your door handle scratches completely and give long-lasting results. Chips Away has a helpful guide on when and when not to use this product for car scratches.

  • Magic Pen
  • The magic pen is a fast and simple way to minimise the appearance of your door handle scratches. Its clear formula makes it a suitable scratch remover for all paint colours and its fine tip is ideal for conducting accurate repairs. The magic pen is one of the most affordable scratch repair options and can be used anywhere on your car’s exterior, not just the door handles.


    As toothpaste is a mild abrasive, it is widely used as a household cleaning product. From polishing bathroom fixtures to cleaning tarnished or dull jewellery, toothpaste has the ability to keep things looking new and shiny. Moreover, toothpaste is also recognised as an affordable but effective scratch removal product. For the best results, you should first wash and dry your scratched door handle. If you do not do this, you increase the chances of rubbing dirt and debris into the scratches and making them worse.

    Next, simply apply a small amount of toothpaste onto a dampened, clean microfibre cloth to avoid causing more damage. Whitening toothpaste typically works best for removing minor scratches, but other kinds of toothpaste can be used as well.

    Applying a small amount of pressure, you should now rub the toothpaste on the scratched door handle in a circular motion. Continue to do this until you believe the toothpaste is evenly-distributed. Finally, you can now rinse off any excess toothpaste and dry the area with a microfibre cloth. You may need to repeat this process up to 2 more times to see visible results.

    scratches on silver car door

    The Method For Removing Door Handle Scratches

    Regardless of what products you use for your vehicle, you should make sure that the end result looks polished and pristine, making it practically impossible to see where the scratches were. The same method can be applied to any vehicle using a range of different products; here is a method that our expert technicians recommend using:

    • Start by washing the car thoroughly to ensure that you have removed debris and dirt that has collated. Once you have cleaned the vehicle, use a clean cloth to make sure that it is completely dry.
    • Prime or polish the car as this will give you a smooth surface to work with, allowing the colour to spread evenly.
    • Apply the colour that you have perfectly matched with your vehicle to hide those scratches, making sure that each layer has fully dried before you apply the next one. If the layer beneath is still wet, then this could cause bubbling or cracking of the paint, making it look even worse than when the scratches were visible.
    • Apply a protectant polish over the paint once it has fully dried; this will give you that glossy finish and protect your handiwork for much longer than without it.
    • Once the protectant layer has completely dried, use a clean cloth to remove any residue left on the vehicle.

    As you can tell, it is fairly easy to repair your vehicle using products that can be found in a handy store or online. However, although it may seem like a simple method with little technique required, there is a lot that could go wrong when applying the products to your vehicle; this is why you will often get advised to speak to a professional and book in for repairs.

    Professional Retrification

    If not repaired immediately, door handle scratches can easily worsen over time, making them impossible to remove by yourself. For reliable and efficient service, our Buckingham scratch repairs and other services will help to rectify any damage your car has experienced. Using a reputable company to repair your door handle scratches means you can feel confident that the job is being done correctly by fully qualified individuals. When you use a local refurbishment company, you can be reassured that the latest tools and equipment will be used and the results will be more than satisfactory. Scuff N Scratch will also be able to advise you on the best way to maintain the exterior of your car to keep it in immaculate condition.

    The benefit of going to a professional car garage is that not only will they have the expertise and knowledge to know exactly how to rectify the problem, but they also have the equipment and products to safely and successfully repair your vehicle. Because of this, it can be beneficial to seek advice and help from your local garage, rather than making a mess with home repairs. Many people are put off going to their local car repair garage due to the potentially high expense. However, you will be pleasantly surprised by how affordable this option can be, especially for minor door handle scratches.

    Opening Car Door

    Vanish Those Scratches

    Door handle scratches are often inevitable, and so are scratches that appear on the rest of your vehicle; this is why it is worth your while to research your options thoroughly. If you have door handle scratches that just won’t budge, or you’re unsure about how to colour match your vehicle with the right product, then feel free to contact the Scuff N’ Scratch team. Our team have a wealth of knowledge in car repairs and have a range services such as our Milton Keynes car bodywork, ensuring that your car comes out looking brand new.

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