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Will This Buff Out?!

February 27, 2023

When it comes to car detailing, there are many misconceptions about what a detailer can do. One of the most common questions is whether a detailer can buff out scratches on your vehicle. The answer isn't always simple and depends on the depth and type of scratch that you have.


Scratches come in different shapes, sizes, depths, and types. Depending on these factors, a professional detailer may be able to buff out some minor scratches with specialized polishes or waxes. However, more deep or extensive scratches will require additional work by an experienced auto body technician who has access to sanders, paintless dent repair tools, and other special equipment needed for repair jobs like this one.


If the scratch is very shallow (e.g., surface-level), then it’s likely that a good quality polish, wax, or compound can help improve its appearance — but don’t expect miracles! In cases where the scratch penetrates deeper into the clear coat layer or beyond, then only an experienced auto body technician should attempt repairs as they may need to use fillers such as bondo prior to painting over any exposed metal surfaces in order to prevent rust damage from occurring down the road.


One easy way to determine the depth of a scratch is by using your fingernail. If you can't feel the scratch, it stands a good chance of buffing out. However, if you can feel the scratch, it will likely need touch-up paint. 


In any case, a professional detailer (like On The Spot!) can help you assess the severity of your scratch and advise on the best course of action. We will be able to provide an estimate for our services as well as offer any additional recommendations that may be necessary.


Hopefully, this article has shed some light on the ins and outs of buffing out scratches!


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