Professional Versus DIY Scratch Removal
At IPS Paint Supplies, we are often asked whether it’s better to have auto paint scratches removed by a professional or if it can be a DIY job. The answer will usually depend on the types and depth of the scratches but as a general rule, it’s better to get scratch removal done by a professional.
The reasons are as follows:
- Expertise: Professional auto body technicians have the knowledge, training, and experience to properly repair scratches on your vehicle’s paint. They understand the different types of scratches and the best techniques to remove them without damaging the paint.
- Equipment: Professional auto body shops have access to specialized equipment, such as paint matching tools, spray guns, and polishing machines, that can help them achieve a seamless and professional-looking repair.
- Quality materials: Professional auto body shops use high-quality materials, such as paint and clear coat, that are designed to match the original color and finish of your vehicle’s paint. This ensures a long-lasting and durable repair.
- Time-saving: While DIY scratch removal can be time-consuming and requires a lot of patience and attention to detail, professional auto body technicians can complete the job quickly and efficiently, saving you time and hassle.
- Warranty: Many professional auto body shops offer a warranty on their work, giving you peace of mind that if any issues arise with the repair, they will fix it at no additional cost.
Overall, getting scratch removal done by a professional ensures a high-quality and long-lasting repair that will protect the value and appearance of your vehicle. While DIY scratch removal may seem like a cheaper option, it can end up costing you more in the long run if the repair is not done properly and damages the paint on your vehicle.
Common Misconceptions about DIY Scratch Removal
If you do opt to remove the scratches yourself, be wary as there are many misconceptions about DIY scratch removal that can lead to unsatisfactory results or even damage to your vehicle’s paint. These include:
- Toothpaste can remove scratches: This is a common myth, but it’s not true. While toothpaste may help to temporarily mask a scratch, it won’t actually remove it. Toothpaste is abrasive and can actually damage the clear coat on your vehicle’s paint, making the scratch worse.
- DIY scratch repair kits are a quick fix: While DIY scratch repair kits can be effective for minor scratches, they are not always a quick fix. The process of repairing a scratch can be time-consuming and requires patience and attention to detail to achieve good results.
- Sandpaper can remove scratches: Sandpaper can be effective for removing deep scratches, but it should only be used by experienced professionals. Using sandpaper incorrectly can damage your vehicle’s paint and cause more harm than good.
- Wax can hide scratches: Wax can help to mask minor scratches, but it won’t actually remove them. It’s important to properly clean and prepare the surface of the scratch before applying wax to ensure a good finish.
- Any type of polish can remove scratches: While polishing can help to remove minor scratches, it’s important to use the right type of polish for your vehicle’s paint. Using the wrong type of polish can damage the clear coat and make the scratch worse.
It’s important to understand the limitations of DIY scratch removal and to know when to seek professional help. If you’re not sure how to properly repair a scratch on your vehicle’s paint, it’s best to consult with a professional auto body shop or you can call a member of the IPS Team on the numbers below for advice and guidance:
Swansea: 01792 784078
Cardiff: 02920 022461