No longer do you have to take your car to a body/paint shop to repair dings and scratches in your car. you can repair scratches yourself. New technology allows for car owners to fix the damages to their cars while they sit in the driveway. Using a polymer resin, simple scratches in the finish or clear coat can disappear. For deeper scratches, most auto parts stores sell a matching paint and clear coat, making the scratch vanish.
The makeup of a cars paint job is pretty simple. First you have the metal, then usually an undercoat or primer, a powder coat and a clear coat. The majority of superficial cosmetic scratches occur to the clear coat. The deeper the scratch the more likely a simple resin style repair kit will not work, and you’ll have to find a color kit that matches your car paint. These are typically branded by type and color of car, like a Dodge Red, for instance.
The resin style repair kit is actually a liquid form of the clear coat. It pools into the scratch and dries in the sun. It makes the scratch virtually disappear, and is all but invisible to even the most discerning viewer. The resin is permanently bonded, or cooked onto the paint job by the sun, making it last as long as your cars paint job will. There is no risk of fading or chipping, as the resin dries into a solid plastic that will not chip off.
For deeper scratches, there are paint pens. These pens are specifically colored per the manufacturers guidelines. Often this produces a color almost exactly like the one on the car. The area is cleaned, possibly sanded down to the primer or metal, and the color is applied. Once dried, the resin or clear coat is applied flush with the existing clear coat. The result is a perfect match to the previous paint, making the scratch or nick all but disappear.
Though the science is pretty advanced in car scratch repair, the technique is simple. You can save hundreds if not thousands of dollars by doing your own paint repair. The instructions are very clear, and the application is very straightforward. You simply clean the surface as indicated by the manufacturers direction, apply the paint coat to a particularly deep scratch and allow to dry. You then apply the clear coat on top of that and you are done. If you are merely repairing the clear coat you simply clean the surface, apply the resin and allow to dry.