Car Scratch Repairs

As a car owner, it is inevitable that your vehicle will eventually get a scratch – whether that’s thanks to small stones bouncing up, a small accident, or even outright vandalism. But thankfully there are services, products, and equipment out there, which means you can keep your car looking brand new. Mendadent is here to help.

We get asked all the time if we can “buff that out” or “sort that out” when a client brings in a car that is badly scratched. And the answer is yes: there is no scratch too big or deep that we cannot restore it.

Onsite we have a custom made colour-mixing station that allows us to match any car colour, no matter how usual or custom it may be. This also means that we can restore scratches faster and cheaper as, more often than not, we’re able to help you avoid needing to replace bodywork parts and more.

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    Can I repair scratches myself?

    Whilst we wouldn’t advise it on many cases, minor scratches and imperfections can be restored yourself. There are many over-the-counter products that you can buy that will help you polish out minor scratches.

    However, if you have never before polished out a scratch, it’s always best to call in the professionals for a perfect finish. And be careful not to look for quick fixes and bogus solutions, as more often than not, they are not long-lasting solutions.

    How do you repair car scratches?

    Scratches, scuffs and scrapes can all be restored and repaired – but how long it takes depends on the length and depth of the imperfection. In most cases, Mendadent are able to completely repair the damage within 1 day. This is down to our on-site colour mixing station, and our site holding all the latest technologies, which reduces waiting times and speeds up the whole process. Additionally, we invest a lot of time into training for all our staff, ensuring that we are up-to-date on all the latest techniques.

    Light scratches and scuffs

    For light scratches, you can purchase products over the counter, but many people have found that these products are not as effective or as long-standing as Mendadent’s quality. Essentially we polish out the minor imperfections, and re-coat the areas with a clear-coated catalysed enamel.

    Deep scratches and scuffs

    For scratches or dents are much deeper, polishing and buffing takes more time. Essentially on deeper blemishes and imperfections you need to strip the paint down to the base layer and rebuild the paint. This can be a lengthy process as there is in essence 3 layers on top of the base...

    Layer 1 – Primer – This is the first layer of the colour of paint, applied directly to the metal body panels. Thanks to modern technology, this layer is becoming thinner and thinner, (rarely needing to exceed a 38 micron (µm) layer), larger due to the fact that body panels are leaving production smoother. That being said, older or classic vehicles do require a heavier primer layer, as the thickness required for the primer is much greater. This is simply down to the finish the technology at the time was able to produce. As a result Mendadent caters to this when we work on older vehicles.

    Layer 2 – Base Colour Coat – This layer gives the vehicle its final colour, usually to a semi-gloss or metallic-like standard. Custom colours and tones are also normally added at this level. This layer of paint is normally very thin, nowadays rarely exceeding 38 microns (µm). As this layer is often the layer that reflects the colour, this is where we use our on-site colour mixing station to match virtually any paint code, even if it’s custom.

    Layer 3 – Clear Coat – The final layer on modern cars (from around 2000 onwards) is a clear-coated catalysed enamel finish, which has to be able to withstand UV light. This is to prevent the colour from fading, a fate many older vehicles and classic cars suffer.

    Once all three layers are applied, the scratches, dents and marks will be removed, and the car as good as new. All that is required is a little time for the work to dry out and harden.

    Are scratches, dents and scuff marks covered under insurance?

    Subject to the level you have got, yes, scratches, dents and all other imperfections can be covered under your insurance policy. Of course the level of cover you have can vary what you are entitled to claim on. You should also consider the excess you may have to pay upfront, which can be higher than the cost of the damage. In many cases scratch repairs cost between £100 – £1,000 (subject to the level of damage).

    We at Mendadent are always happy to assist you with your claim, but it is worth noting that if you choose to go down the insurance route, we cannot start work until your insurance provider has authorised the work.

    How much does a car scratch repair cost?

    The cost of a car scratch repair can vary depending on the exact damage – anywhere between around £100 up to £1000. Get in touch with us and we’ll give you a quote for your car.

    Need to book your car in?

    If you have sustained recent damage to your car, we are all too happy to help get everything back to normal. Simply give us a call today on 01942 669 212, email our team, or simply fill in our online enquiry form below to get your vehicle booked in.

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      Car Scratch Repair FAQ


      Can body shops fix deep scratches?

      Well, Mendadent certainly can. It may take a little more time, and can cost a little more than a small scuff would, but deep scratches can be fixed. Get in touch and we’ll take a look.

      Can a scratch be buffed out?

      Perhaps, yes – depending on the scratch, and how handy you are. But generally, we’d recommend bringing it in for a professional finish and a guaranteed colour match should the paint need replacing.

      Do scratch repair pens work?

      Car scratch repair pens don’t contain paint, but instead a clear lacquer. If the scratch is very superficial, small, and right on the surface, they can hide it pretty effectively – but for anything more extensive, it’s best to get professionals involved to have your car looking good as new.

      Can WD40 remove scratches on a car?

      Because WD40 is an oil, spraying it over a scratch fills it in and leaves a glossy finish. Superficially, it can be effective – but bear in mind the scratch isn’t fixed, just hidden. At Mendadent, we repair scratches right from the base layer, so your car really is as good as new.

      Does toothpaste work to remove scratches on a car?

      Toothpaste does work as a buffer on car scratches – but only very superficial scratches that haven’t penetrated the top layer of the paint. Any damage more than that would benefit from a professional repair.