It’s happened to every driver — returning to a car and finding a scratch on the fender, door, bumper, or somewhere else. And most drivers’ first thought is often — “I can fix this myself.” Before you take matters into your own hands upon finding a scratch in your car’s exterior, consider the following really good reasons to seek out the help of a professional body shop.
Matching paint: Matching paint can be a real chore. The paint color is specific to a car model, and there’s also variations in texture. Trying to match the exact color and texture without the proper paint can make the repaired area stand out instead of properly fixing it.
Durability: Chances are, a DIY patch isn’t’ going to last long. If you want your car to look good over the long term, you need a skilled technician to properly repair the problem area.
Underlying damage: Only a professional can closely examine the scratch to see if there is any underlying damage, like rust. You don’t want to patch a scratch, and then find out there’s an issue that could make the damage even worse and even more expensive.
Experience: A professional body shop expert is skilled in how to apply the paint the right way in order to properly fix your scratch. You don’t want that scratch to show up because the DIY method missed a spot.
Equipment: In order to properly fix the scratch, you may need to sand the surface, apply a bonding material, prep the surface and make sure it’s level — and that’s before you get to the painting. That’s a lot to make sure you get right.
With so many steps that can go wrong, patching a scratch yourself is just not worth it; trust Tipton Auto to repair your car’s damage the right way.