'Magic' pens to hide scratches on cars

  onthelimit1 11:58 AM 11 May 13
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Keep seeing these advertised in the Saturday Telegraph. I can't see how they can possibly work 'on any car colour'. Anybody tried them?

  wiz-king 13:20 PM 11 May 13

Most cars now have a clear 'varnish' coating on the top of the coloured paint, this is quite easy to re-finish with a pen of clear lacquer. as long as it matches the gloss finish the colour shows through and doesn't matter.

  onthelimit1 13:23 PM 11 May 13

Hmm. I do have a scratch which goes through the colour and into the undercoat. Don't see how one of these pens could cover that. Seemed to good to be true!

  bumpkin 13:59 PM 11 May 13

Items like this will only work if the scratch is very fine i.e. not deeper than the top coat of paint. The correct colour coded touch up paint is the only thing if a deeper scratch and then you have to be extremely careful or you may make it look worse.

  bumpkin 14:08 PM 11 May 13

There are firms that specialize in this sort of thing and can match the colour on site but not cheap, it really depends on where the scratch is and whether or not it justifies have the panel sprayed which is the only real solution especially if it is newish car with the lacquer finish.

  Forum Editor 15:00 PM 11 May 13

"Most cars now have a clear 'varnish' coating on the top of the coloured paint"

Someone in my family has an Audi that has lost patches of this lacquer. It looks unsightly, and she wants to do something about it. The car isn't in its prime, although in very good condition, and she doesn't want to spend out for a professional job - does anyone know if you can get the right lacquer in an aerosol form?

  onthelimit1 15:08 PM 11 May 13

FE - I'm pretty sure the original lacquer is two-pack and dangerous to health (hence all the breathing protection required). However, clear lacquer is available in aerosols from the likes of B&Q or car spares outlets example here

  oresome 15:09 PM 11 May 13

I have used one of the clear lacquer pens and the initial results were quite good on fine scratches.

The instructions do state that the lacquer has to cure in sunlight. Perhaps this didn't happen with me because the lacquer soon appeared to wash off.

  bumpkin 15:39 PM 11 May 13

I do not think you will ever get it right with a DIY job. The lacquer has to be baked on and the whole panel needs to be done is my understanding. I was told this by the chap who repaired my last scratch "thanks daughter" 2 panels £350.00. With this kind of thing you really have to weigh up the cost having it done professionally and the value of the vehicle.

  bumpkin 15:42 PM 11 May 13

Cheaper than the £600.00 wanted by a main dealer to put things into perspective.

  bumpkin 15:51 PM 11 May 13

onthelimit, I believe there are colour coded patches that you can buy, a bit like transfers which you may get away with if the scratch on the lower part of the vehicle. May be worth having a look on the net.

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