There is a lot of advice out there about how to touch up the paint on your car. Some of the best advice, however, defines when it’s better to get a professional paint job.
The DIY trend and YouTube “how to” video craze have made many car owners think they can fix every problem on their own. Sometimes, this isn’t a great idea. In a lot of cases, car painting is one job that is best to have done professionally.
This article answers two burning questions: Why do some try to fix their car paint at home? When is it better to have the car painted by an auto body shop?
Why Some Car Owners Try Brush Touching
Cracked, flaking, scratched or faded paint is always unsightly. Some car owners want a quick fix to make the vehicle look better. Others don’t want to file an insurance claim for paint damage that is unrelated to a collision. Still others think they will save money with a DIY solution.
Brush touching kits and touch-up supplies are widely available online, as well as automotive and hardware stores. They can cost anywhere from $20 to $3,500 depending on the types of painting equipment included in the kit. For very small scratches, these may prove to be a quick, cost-effective way to fix the paint. If applied well, the scratch will no longer be visible from a distance.
Up close, however, you are likely to notice a difference in the thickness, color or finish of the paint. This is because a repair kit does not match the number of layers, quality or exact color of the paint used by the manufacturer or body shop.
When is it better to have the car painted by an auto body shop?
It may be tempting to try to touch up your car paint by yourself, but there are some good reasons why smart car owners prefer to take their car to a professional. If you are deciding between purchasing a DIY paint repair kit and having the car painted by an auto body shop, keep reading.
…When You Want the Best Results
For an older car model that you plan to sell in the near future, touching up the paint at home is a valid option. For newer vehicles and primary vehicles, a touch-up kit won’t deliver the results that you expect. The car paint used by professionals is high quality. The color and tint are precisely matched to your make and model. Auto body shops are able to apply the paint so that the finish matches your car perfectly and it restores that ‘new car’ look.
…When Extensive Paint Work Is Needed
Touch-up kits are not intended to be used to fix sizable areas of paint damage. The amount of material provided in the kit and the time required to apply it would make it challenging to obtain good results.
Auto body shops have special equipment for vehicle painting which makes the job more efficient and effective. When the damage is extensive, there is also a high probability that there is other damage under the surface – to the car’s body, components or chassis. DIYers risk letting this more serious damage go unnoticed. When you take the car to a professional, technicians will verify the safety of the vehicle, check the extent of the damage, and make the repairs needed.
…When the Solution Must Be Cost-Effective
Surprisingly, brush touching may not be the least expensive option. Depending on the equipment and amount of paint needed to finish the job, you may end up spending more by trying to fix the paint damage yourself. It’s unlikely that you will ever use the material that you’ve purchased again in the future. Plus, if your DIY effort fails, it may cost even more to have the paint job fixed by a professional.
…When You Want to Preserve the Value of the Vehicle
It’s not recommended to use a touch-up kit on a collector car or vehicle that will be put up for sale at some point. The authentic value and resale value of the car decreases by applying a low-quality product. By painting the car yourself, you may even cause further damage.
A good paint job can actually boost the resale value when it comes time to sell the vehicle. Professional paint adds value by protecting the auto body components from gravel and debris and helping to prevent corrosion and rust. Auto body technicians have the training and experience needed to perform seamless spot painting and full-body application that will safeguard the car for years to come.
…When the Work Needs to be Guaranteed
Only a reliable auto body specialist can provide car owners with a guarantee for the paint job.
Badell’s Collision guarantees the quality and workmanship of all of our auto paint work for life. For more information about our car paint and repair services, contact our shop in either Aston or Malvern Pennsylvania. You can also request a quote online.