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Types of Car Scratches

When you get a scratch on your vehicle, it’s helpful to know what kind of scratch you’re dealing with. There are three types of car scratches: clear-coat scratch, primer scratch, and deep paint scratch. Let’s take a deeper look at each type of scratch and how to remedy it.

Clear-coat Scratch

A clear-coat scratch is the most common type of scratch and the easiest to deal with. It usually happens when something rubs against the car’s paint, such as a branch or a piece of gravel. Other causes of clear-coat scratches or damage can be dust, sun exposure, acid rain and other environmental factors. The good news is that these types of scratches can be easily buffed out.

Primer Scratch

A primer scratch is a bit more serious. This type of scratch goes through the car’s clear coat and into the primer. This type of scratch not only ruins paint but can increase the chances of rust forming. These scratches happen in minor fender benders, scraping the car against objects like the garage wall, trees or other vehicles. These types of scratches are more difficult to repair, but a professional scratch and dent repair service can make quick work of this repair.

Deep Paint Scratch

The most serious type of scratch is a deep paint scratch. This type of scratch goes all the way through the car’s paint and primer and down to the sheet metal. A deep paint scratch can be caused by keys, sharp objects, rocks and accidents. This type of scratch is very difficult to repair yourself and generally requires a professional paint and dent repair service like Colors On Parade.

If you have a clear-coat scratch, you can try buffing it out yourself. If you have a primer scratch, you’ll need to take your car to a professional for repairs. And if you have a deep paint scratch, unfortunately, there’s not much you can do on your own. The good news is that your local Colors On Parade location can remedy all three types of scratches for you and we’re mobile, so we come to you. Even better, most repairs can be completed in one day, so you won’t have to leave your car at a body shop for days or weeks.