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The 4 Layers of Car Paint Scratches

It can be quite disheartening to stumble upon one or several scratches on your car, SUV, or truck. For the average driver, paint scratches are inevitable and nearly impossible to avoid. Another thing people don’t often realize is that paint scratches are not all the same. Some may be fixed with a DIY kit, while others need to be handled by professionals. Today, we will go over the 4 most common types of vehicle paint scratches.

#1 - Clear Coat 

This type of scratch occurs in the outermost layer of car paint, the clear coat. It is also the easiest and cheapest to fix. This type of damage happens from poor car washing practices, like using rough sponges and towels. It can be cured with DIY solutions.

#2 - Paint Embedded

When the scratch penetrates deeper than the clear coating, it is likely embedded into the painted layer. DIY options aren’t the best choice when scratches are paint embedded. These kinds of scratches are often a result of minor impact from another car's bumper, railings, or car keys.

#3 - Primer 

If the scratch goes beyond the paint, repairs start to become pricier. Scratches this deep can appear and feel noticeable even from painting over the scratch. It is best to leave this kind of damage to an auto body shop if you want a seamless, blended repair. It Our shop is equipped with quality primers and body filler to fill these areas adequately.

#4 - Bare Metal 

When the damage is deep enough to where you can see bare metal, you have one of the deepest types of scratches. You should get your vehicle to a trusted auto body/collision shop pronto because the metal can have damaging impacts when exposed to outside elements. Contaminants can build up in the crevices and lead to corrosion and oxidation.


It is much better to leave auto body damages to minimize the risks of worsening the damages You'll have peace of mind knowing that your car will be restored to pre-scratch conditions. Allyz Auto is proud to be the leading shop to perform auto body repairs in the Orlando area.


If your car has recently suffered from scratches, please bring it to the experts at Allyz Auto for an estimate.

What Our Clients Say

Edward C.
My car needed paint correction and ceramic coating. I did my research and went to Color Recon as my previous two cars have been painted by them. Robert and Juan gave me three levels of paint correction and let me choose the price I wanted to pay. My car is black with years of swirls, halos and “spider webs”. I also went with the latest coating technology called graphene. I am very happy with the results
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Destein Prophete
Color Recon exceeded my expectations. Job well done. I definitely recommend them.
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Jose Barrios
I took my car to Color Recon for some minor scratches and nicks, and I must say they did a great job at a great price. I will definitely use them again.
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