Buffing Out Scratches

If you’ve ever had an unsightly deep scratch on your car, you know it’s not always as simple as “that’ll buff out.” To be successful at buffing out scratches you need to have the right products, tools, and technique. Our team at Puget Sound M.A.R.S. has been in the automotive reconditioning business for quite some time, so we know how to get rid of surface scratches, swirls and hazing. While an average driver might not be bothered by these imperfections, those of us who take pride in our rides and/or have custom paint know how much even the smallest scratches can affect a car’s shine.

Unless your vehicle has some kind of paint protection like a ceramic coating, it’s not hard to pick up a few scratches here and there. Paint can get scratched by all sorts of things; like a purse being sat on the roof, someone with jeans leaning against the side, or going through an automatic car-wash that’s not touch-free. Buffing out scratches is the #1 request from customers who come in for exterior detailing. It’s not a one-size-fits-all solution, unfortunately. The level of correction needed depends on how deep the scratch is. if you run your finger over the scratch and it stops, it’s likely too deep just to buff out. If your finger feels the scratch but still glides over it, we can probably fix it with a rubbing compound. If there is a case where buffing out scratches simply won’t be enough, we will let you know up-front and suggest alternate solutions.

Scratches that go only as deep as the clear coat can be fixed rather easily, as re-painting isn’t involved. We start with cleaning the surface, using only the highest quality products. Next, we apply a rubbing compound to a buffer and hand-buff the clear coat to blend it. To make everything smooth we will usually buff around the scratch and possibly the entire vehicle. This technique also helps keep the scratches from coming back. When it comes to buffing out scratches, we have a keen eye for eliminating them all, but it’s the equipment that makes the biggest difference. The professional high-speed buffers we use give a final result of a much higher caliber than your standard do-it-yourself buffer.

It’s true, waxing your vehicle will eliminate up to 80% of surface scratches, but if you opt only for wax and not a professional rubbing compound, the results will only be temporary. Wax will fill in and smooth out the scratch, but it won’t break any layers down or truly eliminate the blemishes. Because of this, the scratch will be back in three to four weeks. Then you’ll have to repeat the process, spending more of your time and money. Don’t go down that endless route of buffing out scratches. Bring your vehicle to Puget Sound M.A.R.S. where we will eliminate scratches correctly the first time – satisfaction guaranteed! We are here to help restore pride in your ride – give us a call today!