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I have used this ever since I had my first car which was red and prone to looking dull.
T-Cut comes in a number of varieties including Original which is pictured above, metallic paint and also coloured varieties. I always go for a coloured variety which in my case is dark blue. For some colours of T-Cut there are different shades of the colour.
T-Cut is widely available online and in shops like Halfords it costs around £10 for a 500ml bottle.
T-Cut is designed to clean, shineand restores paintwork it also removes light scratches, oxidation, ingrained dirt, bugs and surface imperfections as well as polishing the surface and leaving a shine that last for months.
You are not recommended to use T-Cut in direct sunlight. Before use you are advised to wash your car thoroughly and dry using a chamois. You then need to shake the bottle well and pour directly onto a damp cloth you then need to apply to your car one panel at a time, once you have covered one panel you need to leave the T-Cut dry to a haze and then buff with a clean dry lint free cloth. There is a little note on the bottle telling you for best results and to cover surface scratches and blemishes you are best to apply the cream in a circular motion.
The product is easy to apply as it is a liquid it is however fairly hard work and buffing all the haze off the car does take some elbow grease. For my car which is medium size it takes me about an hour to coat each surface and buff off.
Once the product has hazed over you do need to buff it quite quickly or it becomes hard to remove. This is one of the main reasons you shouldn't do it in the sun as it dries the product too quickly making it hard to remove and it can also leave smears.
I use this once maybe twice a year and everytime I am pleased with the results. My car is now 6 years old and it has a few surface scratches which are noticeable close up this product helps to hide these small surface scratches. It is also good for revitalising the paintwork and making it look a lot shinier than previously. The product is designed for all dark blue shades of car so it adapts to match the colour of your paintwork. I have also found this is good after you have used a touch up pen as it helps to blend it in making it less noticable.
I would recommend when using this you wear gloves. It has a deep pigment and it stains your hands as well as the cloth your using.
I would highly recommend this product after using it my car looks shiny and the paintwork a lot brighter. I also recommend waxing on top of this product to give longer results. A bottle of this also lasts about 4-5 applications so it is good value to maintain your paintwork.
I have kept a bottle of T-cut in my car-care box for as long as I remember, and although it thankfully doesn't get used very often, it's one of those products that I think it's good to always have to hand. That's because it's the most effective product I've ever found for working out shallow scrapes and scratches from car paintwork.
The product is a runny liquid - a creamy/yellowy colour and it is applied with a damp cloth to an affected area, a small amount at a time, and applied in small circular motions. The liquid quickly dries into a matt finish and it needs to be polished out with a clean cloth, and in my experience this part does require (and benefit from) some serious 'elbow-grease'. The process can be repeated if necessary.
I have had some really good results using T-cut, sometimes fully polishing out minor scratches but always diminishing scratches and as long as there aren't associated dents then careful application of T-cut can genuinely make it so that scratches are unnoticeable.
If you have the time, energy and inclination, T-cutting the whole car after a wash will give the ultimate in show-room shine finish to it, but I've only ever done this once - years ago - and it is a major operation because of needing to work small areas at a time, and the amount of polishing required. Plus, if the liquid is left to dry on the car paintwork for too long it becomes almost impossible to polish off for me personally. I keep it for the "just in case" moments and I have better value waxing products which do that job easier. There is a definite air of long-lasting protection given when this is done, however, and in current winter conditions, with all the road salt and so on around, it would certainly be beneficial - if you could muster the inclination.
My current bottle is a good few years old, and the only problem with it is that the cap is a tight fit and it doesn't close easily now. That said, judging from the image with this product, the design has changed from my flip-top cap version over time, which is testament to how long it's lasted!
Car Plan T-Cut
What is T-Cut for:
T-cut is a paint cutting compound that removes dead and oxidised paint. It is a product designed to improve the paintwork appearance on cars. It works by lifting the very minutist top layer of paint along with the film and dirt that has accrued on the car. Widely use for the treatment of milder scratches and paint blemishes, T-Cut is also useful for generally brightening flat or faded paint work.
With careful application the cloth can be used to improve slightly deeper scratches because as you rub the cloth gently over the surface by using a light flicking motion it is possible to redeposit some of the lifted colour into the mm depth scratches. The same method can frequently improve rust spots and re-spray touch ups where the colour is slightly off. It is not, however a miracle worker and whilst it works wonders in some situations cannot have much effect on deeper scratches, rust bubbles or problems such as lifting lacquer. But as a temporary solution for an annoying problem until perhaps a touch-up pen can be purchased it can be useful for these slightly deeper scratches too.
Like so many motor care products, T-Cut is available in several size options.
Carplan T-Cut is a light brown creamy liquid that is applied just like a polish on a cloth and buffered off. It tips easily from the bottle onto the cloth and as only a small amount is required, care is needed when pouring it.
T-Cut is an abbreviation of Tetrosyl Cutting Oil the full name of the product.
My Personal Experience of Carplan T-Cut:
Well I have to admit my association with T-Cut has not been a long one. Although I cut my teeth helping to wash cars, T-Cut is a relatively recent product for me to actually use myself. There is a very good reason for that, generally, but not always, the car cleaning and preparation has been my husband's domain. However, recently we have had two or more cars to get ready at a time, so I have cleaned my own car, which as it is a red Mini tends to require a T-Cut every couple of months to keep the roof looking gleaming bright how we like it. Without the T-Cut it goes flat and orange. The Mini being a small car, I can whip around the whole car quite quickly and as we use wash and wax, it is partially protected from new damage to the paintwork. I like to give the little car a really good buff up once I have T-Cut it and then dust and get the chrome bright-work gleaming to. I would not be able to achieve the results I do without T-Cut and when I take a trip down memory lane and think of the hours I spent with a tin of ordinary polish trying to get a shine on my Capri, well... T-Cut would have made the job so much easier. It is however, really a professional car cleaning product and as such does need to be used with extreme care and caution. I seldom wear gloves, but the product does contain ammonia and other irritants, so caution is advised if you may have a reaction either via skin contact or by breathing in the compound. However, I am an asthmatic and I have not ever experienced any problems and I have been around T-Cut for a long time.
No, none at all, but caution advised.
T-Cut is suitable for a variety of alternative uses around the home, such as for cleaning and restoring uPVC doors and windows, acrylic and porcelain bathrooms, brass and other metal items as well as kitchen appliances. Professionally, it can be used for the restoration of musical instruments - but please don't try it at home on your Stradivarius Violin!
Repairs minor scratches
Restores dull and flat paintwork, regaining its shine
Helps protect against build up of pollutants
Literally cuts through oxidisation and paint corrosion
Who is it for?
Anyone who is happy to clean their own car with care to treat minor scratches and flat paint.
How do I recognise it:
All sizes are packed in a distinctive red plastic bottle with the T-Cut logo in Yellow across the front and a little blue car at the bottom. Prices start at around £4.99 for the smallest size of 375ml, we buy directly from a trade supplier, but Carplan T-Cut should be available from any outlet that sells car cleaning products.
An amazing product, that I am sure my ancestors have been using since its creation, but is something I have only used in the last 11-12 years. The smallest size should be adequate for the single car hobbyist, even with our heavier use we use the 500ml bottle and as only a small amount is required it does last a long time.
Price and Availability:
Available in a huge range of sizes to suit any pocket or fleet size. . Prices start at around £4.99 at the time of writing, for the smallest size of 375ml, we buy directly from a trade supplier, but Carplan T-Cut should be available from any outlet that sells car cleaning products.
Thank you for reading my review and I hope you found it useful?
T cut is designed to remove surface scratches, swirl marks and blemishes and can be used on car paintwork, enamels, gloss painted surfaces, some plastics, ceramics and painted household appliances although we have always only used it on the cars. The makers of T cut define a surface scratch as being a scratch that doesn't cause your fingernail any obstruction when moved across the scratch. In cases of deeper scratches, it only claims to help reduce the appearance of the scratch, rather than remove it.
My husband's car was unfortunate recently to receive scratches on it due to another drivers poor judgement and as the said driver drove away without us knowing about the damage caused, we were left with no option but to try to deal with the scratches on the car ourselves. Having owned a number of cars previously, T cut has always been in the car pile of goodies in the garage.
The damage to my husband's car was fairly minimal on one front corner of the bumper but nevertheless there were several scratches, some of which were very noticeable but I'd say 3 or 4 of the scratches met T cuts description of a surface scratch. Some of them were fairly long (at around 7 inches) and there were also some scratches that were deeper into the paintwork and not described as surface scratches.
The T cut solution comes in a small squeezy tube. There is 150g of product in the current tube we have, costing around £6 in Tesco. I remember at the time of purchase it seemed very expensive but a very little amount goes a long way with this so all in all, I would say it is fairly reasonably priced given the length of time one tube lasts. It advises to use sparingly. In our last use on my husband's car, we just popped a small blob onto a microfibre cloth and then rubbed across the scratches in a circular motion. The solution has a greasy feel to it but does rub in fairly easily. Some residue is sometimes left around the edges of the scratches, but those can be easily wiped away when finished with without any issues. It is a very quick procedure - a couple of minutes maximum and the job is done.
The results we have found are mixed. This is ideal for very small, very light scratches on the paint. I'd say for example that those light scratches caused by keys on the door frame paintwork if it's been caught putting the key in the lock would be removed easily using this as they are faint and very thin usually. I have used it this way in the past with good results. For any sort of scratch caused by a bump though, I'm not sure that T cut is the answer, certainly not in the longer term anyway. The very light scratches on the area on my husband's car did disappear for a short time but they started to reappear after a few days. I thought that some of the more visible scratches had also reduced to being very minimal to begin with, but it seems the weather plays a part in using this stuff too. With a short spell of heavy rain, scratches that were more visible at the start, are now again as noticeable as they were - within 24 hours and they were back to their original state. It seems that any sort of rain washes the T cut solution away - bad news in a country like the UK!
More generally, the T cut contains abrasives. My husband's car is a solid body colour, although I don't think that this solution would be suitable for use on metallic paints or more specialist paints as it would more than likely affect the colour and ultimately it's shine. The bottle advises placing Triplewax car wax over the affected area after use which we did (before it rained) and it did bring back the shine in the affected area for a short spell.
T cut is a very short term solution to the problem of scratches, unless the scratches are very minimal and those seem to be dealt with pretty well. Very minimal scratches though would make me question as to why it was needed in the first place - I am only usually interested in removing the more visible ones! Any sort of rain and we've found that the scratches reappear almost instantly, although perhaps at a slightly reduced state. In the case of scratches that are 7 inches long that still means that they are extremely visible.
I've rated T cut 3 stars overall. I feel that it does offer some benefits in reducing the visibility of scratches, but only in the shorter term. I suppose that a short term solution could be all that is needed and if that's the case then it's a good solution but we've decided to pay out and get the scratches fixed professionally as we'll be keeping it for the long term.
Thanks for reading :o)
My dad has used t cut for as long as I can remember. I do think think there has ever been a time when he hasn't had a bottle in the garage. My Dad is a bit of a car/motorbike and boat enthusiast. When he was growing up he was the eldest of nine living on a farm and it is fair to say that they had very little. Therefore he saved like mad to buy his first car and because of this he really loved it and wanted to look after it. This attitude has continued right through until his 60s and t cut has always been around and he has always used it.
From my childhood I remember the t cut being in an opaque red plastic bottle with a screw on lid. It is still presented like this today. The bottle does look a little retro but it is instantly recognisable on the shelf and I think most people will probably recognise it as a trusted brand.
The bottle is 375ml and I believe that this is the only size available but car polish seems to last forever as even if using on the whole car you will use less than a tenth of the bottle. Last time I purchased this from halfords I paid around £7 but I now see that it is available on amazon for less than £5 which I think is a bargain. You can now also buy a varient for metallic paint but it is worth noting that my Dad has been using the original on metallic paint for well over 15 years and my past two cars were metallic and I used the standard version with no problems. I would do a spot test first though just incase.
As stated above this can be used to brighten paintwork and to remove small scratches or marks. It is simple to use and you simply pour a small amount (about the size of a 50p piece) on to a rag and then apply it directly to the paintwork. An amount this size will cover around a metre square of paintwork and it only needs to be applied very thinly - it should be dry to touch almost immediately. If polishing the whole car it is best to do a panel at a time, therefore it doesn't get the chance to go smeary. I usually put a coat on whilst giving the previous panel a minute or so to work. I can then buff the first panel, apply to the third panel then buff the second panel. This allows me to work quickly and easily. You will need 2 rags as when buffing the car the polish comes off quite dry so therefore you don't want to use your wet cloth from the application.
You can use this on the entire car if your paintwork is looking a little tired or dull and this will help to brighten it up. The polish is a cream colour which can be used on all colours of paint. It doesn't really have a scent, just a very slight chemical smell but it's certainly nothing to worry about. It is quite thick (think double cream) which I find easy to use because it does not drip and it is easy to apply.
I have used this on the entire bodywork a few times. My first car was a metallic red in colour and although the paintwork didn't look dull my dad did suggest giving it the once over with this. I was amazed with the results. From just an hours work the car was a deep luxurious red and it looked amazing.
My parents have a narrowboat. It is dark green and navy blue in colour and an absolute nightmare to keep clean. In their old marina the roads were very dusty which settled on the boats. On a weekly or monthly basis this wasn't too much of a problem but over winter when it hadn't been used for 4 or 5 months it got quite grubby. After just one application of this the boat is back to looking at its best.
However, I use this more often for slight scratches or marks on the paintwork. If buying a used car it often comes with a few scuffs or marks which you would rather weren't there. T Cut helps to erase these marks and leaves the paintwork looking brand new. I find this works exceptionally well. The slight scuffs and scratches you end up with from everyday wear and tear are removed easily. I have used this previously on scuffs from hedges, light key marks and cat scratches and each time it has shifted it with ease. I rarely need to apply more than one coat of this but occasionally I will if not everything is quite erased.
Of course this is not a miracle worker and it will not remove deep scratches left from your vehicle being keyed or small accidents but smaller marks that are around 0.5mm deep will be removed. I also find that this is really good for removing tar spots from freshly surfaced roads. My current car is bright red with white mirrors and roof and black tar spots look unsightly but t cut really helps to shift what car shampoo will not.
This product removes all residue from paintwork so can be used in preparation for putting a coat on for example if you have needed to sand down a larger scratch.
The bottle will last for a long time and we have often had a bottle for a couple of years and this has been shared between up to 5 cars at a time. We don't tend to use it as a complete car polish regularly and instead use it to remove smaller marks.
T Cut is a very good product and I don't think I would ever try a cheaper alternative if there was one available. It can enhance the appearance of your car, motorbike, boat, bike etc tremendously and the annoying tiny scratches can be gone within seconds. The bottle lasts for a very long time and I am surprised at how cheap it is being sold for on amazon, in all honesty I would pay triple their asking price and I am not one to waste money. This is a superb product and I am quite certain I will still be buying it 30 years from now.
Please note that the individual criteria is not relevant so I have given it full marks for each as a reflection of my overall opinion.
375ml / Clear Restorer / Removes oxidisation, ingrained road grime, tar spots and scratches from car paint.