Do Car Scratch Repair Kits Really Work?

car scratch repair kitMost local auto stores carry DIY car scratch repair kits. TV stations promote these kits extensively on weekend morning infomercials. Can these kits really restore a scratch as advertised? Here is what we have to say about these store-bought restoration kits.

How Car Scratch Repair Kits Work

Scratch repair kits are only designed to fill in surface-level scratches that haven’t penetrated the clear coat finish.

The kits will work to some extent for minor scratches. In most cases, however, the filling will only minimize the scratch and not completely conceal it. Nevertheless, we believe these kits will suffice for restoring a small scratch on an older vehicle with a low resale value. For a recent model or luxury car, we recommend professional auto paint restoration.

Consumer Reports tested several scratch repair kits with mixed results. In its trial, several brands performed fairly decently, while others, such as those As-Seen-On-TV scratch repair pens, were absolutely worthless. In any case, Consumer Reports recommended professional repair for any scratches that you can feel when running a nail over the blemish. We agree with this conclusion. Any DIY attempts may only worsen the appearance.

No off-the-shelf scratch kit can adequately restore a deep scratch where the underlying metal is exposed. The only way to fully restore the car’s appearance is to use real auto paint that matches the vehicle’s original color.

Our gallery showcases some fully restored cars which previously had deep scratches.

We’ll Fully Restore Even the Deepest Level Scratches

Scratches aren’t just superficial eyesores; they can drastically reduce the value of the vehicle. Whether the result of a runaway shopping cart or a minor collision, bring your car to Absolute Auto Body so we can restore its scratch. We guarantee the results will be far superior than using a car paint scratch repair kit.

Edited by Justin Vorhees

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