Most 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. Continue Reading →