You can live with scratches on your car — but you shouldn’t.
Scratches are like the old torture of death by a thousand cuts. Eventually, they will destroy your car’s finish by allowing rust to develop. And like the great Canadian poet said, rust never sleeps.
Neil Young references aside, I recently suggested two ways to repair scratches. While I was dispensing this basic advice, it occurred to me that I had a scratch on my own car, a 2011 Toyota Prius, that needed attending to, certainly before winter in the Northeast, where I live.
I kind of split the difference between my two earlier scratch repair techniques: I didn’t use tape; and I didn’t go for a perfect fix.
A company called TouchUpDirect sells repair kits. For about $30, I got a paint pen to match my car's colour, as well as a clear coat pen. Clearcoat is the transparent layer that protects the finish.
... STEP 4: Compare to your car's finish. In my case, it was a perfect match. TouchUpDirect has a database of auto manufacturers, makes, and model years so you can get the correct colour.
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