Do Car Wax & Exterior Detailing Remove Scratches?

Do Car Wax & Exterior Detailing Remove Scratches?

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We know what it’s like to get a car and then dote on it like it’s your most precious pet. While there’s nothing wrong with that, it can be disappointing to notice a scratch or two on your vehicle’s paintwork.

Whether caused by a parking mistake or road debris, having a scratch on your car’s exterior can be one of the most frustrating issues to deal with. You will need to send it to the workshop, so you’ll have to find another mode of transport.

Getting the scratches removed can also be expensive. So you might wonder if waxing and detailing can help to remove the scratches from your car. Let’s find out as we explore the different types of scratches and whether waxing and detailing can remove scratches.

Types of Scratches on Car Exterior

No matter how careful you are as a driver, your car will eventually get scratched and removing these scratches can be quite the hassle. Here’s what you need to know about the different types of car scratches.

1. Clear Coat Scratches

The clear coat of your car’s paintwork is delicate, so any mechanical force can leave a superficial scratch. While they are inevitable, clear coat scratches, such as swirl marks and marring, can be removed by car polish and wax. There’s also no need for you to repaint.

2. Basecoat Scratches

Unlike clear coat scratches, basecoat scratches are more severe as this coating gives your car its colour. Should there be a scratch on your car’s base coat, no amount of car polish and wax can remove it because the paint has been scrapped. So, repainting is necessary to restore the colour.

3. Primer Scratches

Scratches in the primer coat are the most severe type of car scratches. This means the scratch has cut through the clear coat, base layer, and primer, leaving the metal visible to the naked eye. As such, these types of scratches cannot be removed by polishing or waxing, and repainting is necessary.

One way to discern which type of scratch has cut into your car’s paintwork is by running your fingernails over them. If your fingernail doesn’t catch on the scratch, it’s a clear coat scratch. If your fingernail gets caught on the scratch, there’s a possibility that the scratch cannot be fixed by a simple car polish and wax and will likely require a new layer of paint.

Can Car Detailing Workshops Fix Scratches?

The answer is yes and no. It depends on the type of scratch that has cut through your vehicle’s paintwork. If it’s a clear coat scratch, you can rest assured that car detailing workshops like Lambency Detailing can help to remove the scratches.

Meanwhile, if the scratches cut deeper than your car’s clear coat, the possibility of removing the scratches, especially basecoat and primer scratches, is lower. Professional car detailers will have to polish and buff the scratched area to remove the scratch.

By doing so, they remove a thin layer of your car’s clear coat, leveling the scratched area as a result. If required, they may repaint the scratched area to make the vehicle look brand new, allowing you to forget about the scratch.

How to Prevent Scratches on Your Car

Now that you’ve learned how tedious it is to remove a scratch or two on your vehicle’s paintwork, the best course of action is to avoid getting any scratches on your car. This includes:

  • Washing your car properly
  • Being extra careful when parking
  • Avoiding parking spots under trees
  • Protecting your car’s paintwork with a car paint protection system
  • Avoiding automated car wash

Get Your Car Wax & Exterior Detailing at Lambency Detailing

There are several ways to remove scratches from your car, but one of the most popular methods is sending it to a vehicle detailing workshop in Singapore, like Lambency Detailing.

As a one-stop automotive centre for all your car needs, we offer comprehensive car wax and exterior detailing solutions that use only 100% genuine SONAX products from Germany to ensure the quality of your car’s surface.

Find out more about Lambency Detailing’s different products and services here. Book an appointment with us to get your car exterior protected now! WhatsApp: (65) 9658 5808 Email: lambency@quantum-globe.com

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