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Everything you need to know about Scratch Repairs

DingGo offers a comprehensive range of car scratch repair options. Scratches to car paint are very commonplace during a vehicle's lifetime. Many scratches that would require scratch repairs are accidental and are most commonly caused by keys, kids, car parks, garages and collisions with other vehicles. Car scratch repairs smash repair requirements are dictated by the depth of the scratch. Some surface level car paint scratches can just be easily buffed out while others that go all the way to the metal require more extensive panel beating, including painting and application of clear coats. The colour and type of paint on your car also makes a big difference to the smash repair process and particularly the cost. With most standard colours and paints, a smash repairer can easily source the required paint and simply paint the localised area of the car where the damage has occurred. If your car colour is metallic or for example a three-layer pearl, then more coats of paint are required and more extensive paint repair is required, including paint blending on surrounding panels to match the paint repaired area. This can mean a simple small scratch can require a large amount of paintwork and scratch repairs to return the car back to its original factory condition.

While getting basic scratch repair touch-ups to save money in the short term is tempting, with the exception of very small scratches, in most cases quick touch-ups are not recommended. Most touch-ups leave the damage still visible from the onset, leaving a dark patch on your car where it’s evident the scratch repairs work took place. Alternatively, if the scratch repairs are done well by a quality panel beater , then even in the harsh Australian climate your repair won’t fade and you the original scratch damage will remain invisible. Be sure to always check the length of warranty a smash repairer is offering you on their work. DingGo includes all warranty guarantees from their panel beaters in every quote. DingGo scratch repairs experts are here to help you save money and time figuring what’s the best option for you. Our repairers assess what type of painting is required to repair your scratch damage. Where possible our repairers will use S.M.A.R.T repair to do a localised repair so you can avoid a total panel paint respray reducing the overall cost. Looking for a scratch repairs? Use the quick quote service on DingGo.com.au to get obligation free quotes from our network of highly panel beaters.

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Common Questions and Answers About Scratch Repairs

How much do car scratch repairs cost to fix?

Car scratch repairs costs depend on the depth of the scratch, the colour of the paint and the type of paint. Three-layer pearls and metallic paints, for example, add to the cost of the scratch repairs. In many cases paint blending on surrounding panels is also required so the paint repairs are not noticeable. The extent of damage and where its located on the car can see a scratch repair cost between $250 to $500 for each damaged panel and each surrounding panel that requires paint blending. Why not let us find you the best price for your smash repairs? Use our quick quote service.

What is paint blending and why is that important in fixing car scratch repairs?

Paint blending is required for most car scratch paint repairs so the colour of the car looks consistent. If you just paint the scratched area only then the newly painted panel will look different compared to the old paint on the other panels of the car. Some colours and paint types require larger amounts of blending to give a car perfect a factory finish. Without blending the scratch repaired panels will stick out like a new bathroom tile.

What is a paint touch up and why is it much cheaper?

As the name suggests a touch up is when the smash repairer literally paints over the scratched area only. Protective finishing clear coats are usually not applied either. With very small scratches this process is usually good enough. However, with the majority of scratches, a touch-up job is not recommended as they will leave a dark, noticeable mark over the damaged area and will likely fade in the Australian climate within 6 to 12 months.

What is a S.M.A.R.T repair?

S.M.A.R.T repair stands for Small to Medium Area Repair Technologies repair. It’s meant for car dents, scratches or dings that can be repaired efficiently without needing conventional panel beating methods. In the case of car scratch repairs, this usually means isolating the painting and blending to a minimal area to save time and costs.

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