How to Restore Scratched Acrylic

Quick Tip: To restore scratched acrylic surfaces, first clean the area using a mild soapy solution and a soft cloth, then rinse thoroughly and dry. If scratches persist, gently apply acrylic scratch remover or non-abrasive toothpaste us

ing circular motions, followed by polishing with acrylic polish or wax for a smooth finish. Repeat as needed until satisfied, then wipe away any residue for a polished appearance.



Acrylic is a popular material known for its versatility and durability. However, over time, it can accumulate scratches, diminishing its aesthetic appeal. In this guide, we will explore effective techniques to restore scratched acrylic to its former glory.

Materials Needed

  1. Microfiber cloth
  2. Mild dish soap
  3. Water 
  4. Acrylic scratch remover or toothpaste (non-abrasive) 
  5. Soft cloth or sponge 
  6. Acrylic polish or wax

Step 1: Cleaning the Surface 

Before attempting any restoration, ensure the acrylic surface is free from dust and debris. Gently wipe the scratched area with a microfiber cloth to remove any loose particles. 

Step 2: Preparing the Cleaning Solution

In a bowl, mix warm water with a few drops of mild dish soap. Stir the solution until it forms a soapy mixture. 

Step 3: Cleaning the Scratched Acrylic

Dip a soft cloth or sponge into the soapy solution and gently scrub the scratched area in a circular motion. Avoid applying excessive pressure as it may worsen the scratches. Rinse the cloth or sponge frequently and continue until the surface is clean. Thoroughly rinse the acrylic with water and pat it dry with a clean microfiber cloth. 

Step 4: Using Acrylic Scratch Remover or Toothpaste

If the scratched are still visible after cleaning, you can utilize an acrylic scratch remover or toothpaste (non-abrasive). Apply a small amount of the scratch remover or toothpaste onto a soft cloth and rub it onto the scratched area using light pressure. Continue rubbing in a circular motion for a few minutes, focusing on the scratched parts. Wipe away any excess product with a clean cloth. 

Step 5: Polishing the Acrylic 

To achieve a smooth and glossy finish, apply a small amount of acrylic polish or wax onto a clean cloth. Gently buff the restored area using circular motions. This step helps to blend the treated surface with the surrounding are, making the scratches less noticeable. Continue buffing until the desired result is achieved. 

Step 6: Final Touches

Inspect the restored acrylic surface for any remaining scratches. If necessary, repeat steps 4 and 5 until the desired outcome is achieved. Once satisfied, wipe away any residue with a clean cloth. 


With the right tools and techniques, it is possible to restore scratched acrylic surfaces to their original beauty. Remember to be gentle during the process to avoid further damage. By following this step-by-step guide, you can enjoy your acrylic items looking as good as new once again. 

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