Almost everyone who buys a new car dreams of keeping it in perfect condition for as long as possible. That is why so many car owners seem to freak out every time their car gets scratched.
Keeping a Car Looking Perfect is Almost Impossible
Among the most popular questions asked of body shops constantly are, “How do I get the scratches out of my paint job?” Or “How do I get scratches out of my car’s paint job?”
Of course, keeping a car in the near-perfect physical condition is almost impossible, environmental factors alone make it difficult, especially if you park it outdoors and/or in public spaces.
There is no single answer to either of the common questions noted above, although if the scratches are fairly light, there are a few scratch removers on the market that can work well. In order to find out which products work best for you will depend on the types of scratches and how “perfect” you want the result to be.
For the purpose of this article, we researched a number of scratch-fixing products and looked at what the best of them had in common. One aspect of these products is that none of them eliminated scratches immediately; all took a lot of hard work and a significant amount of elbow grease to make them work.
Put simply, where is no product by wiping some magical potion into the scratches and watching them disappear. There is no magic involved.
So, What do the Best Scratch Removal Products Have in Common?
Thankfully, among the best car scratch repair products on the market, all of them are relatively inexpensive. That means having a significant scratch pattern on your vehicle does not mean you have to spend hundreds of dollars or more on a new paint job.
The best products can remove scratches and unsightly swirl patterns from clear coat, which is the best way to preserve both the color and the shine in your car’s body surface. They will also rehabilitate the color on a paint job that is looking old and somewhat cloudy and do a lot to renew the overall look of your car.
With all of these types of scratch removers, they work well if you apply them by hand, but they can do even better if you use a polisher. And that is good news because working to rehab an entire car by hand, using a microfiber towel is a pretty difficult job.
Look for a product that is easy on the paint and that works well on clear-coated cars. That way, you’ll be more confident that it won’t leave behind more scratches than it takes away, and you’ll know it will make your car look far closer to “new” condition than ever before.
Cost Can’t Be the Main Consideration When Choosing a Scratch Remover
As noted, many scratch removers for cars are very inexpensive. Therefore, if you’re cheap, think a little bit more about the alternative, which is to repaint the entire car, which will usually cost you hundreds of dollars.
Instead of searching for a solution by price, look closely at the ingredients and what the product is intended to do. That will serve to provide some clues as to what you can expect from the product. If a product says it is meant to fill light scratches around door handles only, you can’t expect it to fill in deeper, tougher scratches else on the body.
The best way to figure out the best scratch removal product for your car and your situation, trial and error may be your best bet. Try several different products on your scratches and once you find one that works, stay with it.
Because you drive your car to the same places every day, and you store it in the same places, the scratches will likely repeat themselves often, and you’ll know which one works best over time, so stick with it.