The Best Way to Protect Your Car from Scratches
We may be aware about how to efficiently repair our cars paint, if and when, it suffers from scratches. However, even more important is the knowledge of how to protect your vehicles paint against scratches and other major threats in the first place. Not only will paint protection save you sweat, time, and most importantly money, it will also help you to ensure the long lasting value and rust prevention of your own vehicle. There are many types of vehicle paint protections available on the market, all varying in how they are applied.
Scratches in your car paint are almost unescapable. You can apply the strategy of vehicle paint protection Mighty Armour from Mr Nano which has a 9H hardness factor, which will give your paint a fighting chance and everything will be in your power to avoid the impact of day to day wear and tear, for example key and ring scratches around the door handles, off road scuffs from annoying bushes down narrow tracks and unconcerned shoppers sliding shopping carts down the side of your vehicle in those confined parking lots and not to mention using incorrect washing techniques and using harsh washing tools.
The automotive paint which you have, most likely has a clear coat which is a good paint protection in it’s own right but is very limited and won’t stop scratches whatsoever. If not looked after or left in the elements continuously this clear coat will crack and start to peel and flake within a short period of time. So having Mighty Armour either applied by a qualified applicator or easily applied by DIY (do it yourself) would prevent this.
Identify and Repair Options
Depending on the severity of the scratch or scratches on your paint, then paint correction (cut and polish) would need to be done, or in the worst case scenario a respray of paint. Before deciding how to restore your paint to its immaculate state, you need to identify how profound the scratch is and which layers the scratch has speared or damaged.
If you notice scratches on the paint and you want to remove these defects, firstly you need to identify the severity of the damage. A close examination will help you identify whether it’s merely the transparent outer clear coat that has been damaged, or whether the problem extends to the actual pigmented coat or primary steel.
Usually with shallow or clear coat marks or scratches it will appear white in colour and if you run your finger across this white mark it should still be smooth with no dentation or gouges on the surface. An inexpensive cut and polish is most likely all that is needed to remove this defect. If you find the defect has a deep gouge after you have run your finger over it then this is a more serious sign which would need a more expensive repair job, which would most likely need to be done by a qualified panel beater. This defect would consist of a darker shade in colour and or show colouration of the primer coat which could be grey or any type of colour depending on manufacturer. Or if this damage is so deep it may show silver, which means the damage has gone all the way though the layers of paint and has reached the primary steel.
Exposed primary steel or primer paint, plus a deep gouge out of the surface. This form of damage is more serious and will need to be repaired by a qualified panel beater. A simple cut and polish will not be sufficient.
These types of scratches are less serious which are identified by a shade of white in colour and is still smooth to touch. This can be removed with a cutting compound either by hand or with a polishing machine, then finished off with a polish. This can be done by a qualified car detailer which is recommended, damage will occur to the paint if the wrong paint correction techniques are used, so if you don’t have experience with paint correction then it is better to have a car detailer perform this task.