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Four Types of Car Scratches and How to Fix Them

Before you can address damage to your car’s paint, you must understand how layers of paint make up your vehicle’s finish.

Modern cars have a minimum of four layers. Bar metal makes up your vehicle’s “skin”. At least one layer of primer covers the metal. It’s typically dark gray or black. Several layers of basecoat, also called color coat, cover the primer. A clear coat protects the basecoat from sun, rain, and debris. It also makes your car’s surface appear shiny.

When a car’s paint looks cloudy, it’s because the clear coat has oxidized. This clear coat failure is nearly impossible to correct without sanding down and repainting the vehicle.

Over time, your car may get scratched and scuffed. Most minor damage of this sort is easy to fix with simple DIY products available at auto parts stores and big box retailers.

Deep scratch

Scratches that appear white and that you can feel with your fingernail have damaged your car’s clear coat. Over time, oxygen and water get under the edge of the scratch causing blistering, peeling, and white cloudy marks to appear around the damaged area.

It’s easy to scratch a car’s clear coat with improper washing techniques. For this reason, even cars that are just a few years old often have a lot of clear coat scratches.

To prevent further damage, use the Quixx Paint Repair Pen or Quixx High Performance Paint Scratch Remover. The Paint Scratch Remover uses special technology that forces the area of missing clear coat to fill back in, permanently removing the scratch.

Basecoat exposed

When a scratch goes through the clear coat all the way to the basecoat of paint, your vehicle’s finish may rust around the damaged area. Scuffs around the wheel wells or bumpers often have areas that are deeper near the center of the damage. This type of scratch may be the result of branches hitting your car or fender bender accidents.

Use the Quixx High Performance Paint Scratch Remover kit and follow the directions on the package to complete the two-step process. The damage will be permanently corrected, with no risk of future oxidation or rust.

Swirl marks or shallow scratch

One bad automatic car wash experience could leave you with swirl marks or even shallow scratches on your car’s finish. For severe swirl marks, use the Quixx High Performance Paint Scratch Remover. It will even out the surface of your car’s clear coat, rendering the marks non-existent.

To prevent this type of body damage, hand wash and dry your vehicle. Automatic car washes spread dirt and grime from previous users all over your car. Tiny particles of gravel may become trapped in the fibers used to clean cars in automatic wash machines, causing scratches to your car’s clear coat.

Scuff marks or color transference

If you’ve come a bit too close to the yellow poles next to parking garage ticket machines or your bank’s drive through, you may have color transference on your vehicle. While the marks may seem permanent, they are easy to remove with the right products.

Use the Quixx High Performance Paint Scratch Remover to take off any paint transference from door-dings and drive-thru mishaps. Even if your scuff mark doesn’t include paint from another car or a bright yellow or red pole, the Paint Scratch Remover kit can help.

When you need to fix smaller cosmetic issues with your car’s exterior, use the products trusted by a major German automotive company. The Quixx Paint Repair pen is a highly-rated multiple award winner that’s inexpensive and easy to find at big box retailers and your local auto parts store.

For repair to clear coat scratches and rock chips that go all the way to your car’s paint, use a paint touch-up pen from the car’s manufacturer plus the Quixx Paint Repair Pen to prevent further damage to your vehicle’s finish.

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