How to fix cloudy/hazy black paint after using toothpaste to buff out minor scratches?

Susanna Conway

Asked by Sep 10, 2016 at 04:30 PM about the 2001 Saab 9-5 SE

Question type: General

Help! It was recommended that I use toothpaste to buff out some minor
scratches by hand (which actually didn't work too well). The buffed areas are
now hazy/cloudy, and do NOT match the rest of the car's black finish. How
can I fix this myself?!

2 Answers


Toothpaste might work on dull headlight lenses but not on paint, now you have badly scratched the clear coat and if you went too deep into the base coat itself. The only thing you can do yourself is get some Mothers swirl remover and see if that works, if it don't then you either try using some Black car wax on the vehicle or leave it to a professional detailer.

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Bob Beaman

Toothpaste belongs in your mouth and not on your car. Polishing compound with a very light cut or as tennisshoes suggested.

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