Review: Using T-Cut To Remove Scuffs and Restore Paintwork To A Shine

A used bottle of T-Cut colour restorerDisclosure: I used my own paid-for bottle of T-Cut for this review. No freebies were involved.

Some inconsiderate person scraped their vehicle across the rear corner of my van the other day before driving off, leaving a cracked brake light lens, a scratched bumper and some damaged paintwork. The offending vehicle was red – I know this because they left a load of red paint behind on my paintwork.

Luckily, the damage was minor, but the first job was to remove the red paint.

When it comes to things like this, I usually turn to T-Cut. Not only will it bring dull, old paintwork back to bright, shining life, but it is excellent at removing marks such as paint and scuff marks left by minor collisions. T-Cut works by removing a very thin layer of paint to expose fresh, new paint underneath. For this reason, you should not use it too often, as you might (theoretically) end up removing too much paint and exposing the undercoat… However, this hasn’t ever happened to me and I think you would have to use it pretty often for this to happen.

Here are a couple of before and after shots showing how easily I removed the red paint with T-Cut:

Using T-Cut to remove scuffs and damaged paint
Before & After – as you can see, the paint damage towards the bottom is too deep for T-Cut to save it – it’s almost down to the metal and will need touching up with paint. The top section, however, looks unmarked after one dose of T-Cut, which took a couple of minutes.

Applying T-Cut is simple – put some onto a damp cloth, rub it into the paintwork and then use a clean, dry cloth to buff to a shine. You can do a whole car with T-Cut, although it takes a while. As a guide, it takes a bit longer than waxing or polishing a car by hand, as you have to rub it in thoroughly to get the best results.

T-Cut is made by a company called CarPlan and has been on the market for years. There are other similar products but T-Cut is the original – and in my opinion one of the best. A 500ml bottle of T-Cut only costs £6.99 at Halfords and will last you pretty much forever.

T-Cut is a really useful product to have in your car cleaning tool kit, especially if you have an older car with paintwork that’s past its best and you would like to bring it back to life.

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