A grey car with its door having scratches from a parking beam

How To Protect A Car From Scratches?

Are you worried about scratches on your car? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Indian roads and parking areas can be tough on cars. At CarzSpa Detailing Studios, we know how much you love your car. We want to help you keep it looking great. This blog will teach you how to protect your car from scratches. We’ll talk about easy ways to keep your car safe, from washing it properly to using special products like paint protection film.

You’ll learn about different types of car paint protection that can help your vehicle stay shiny and new-looking for a long time. Whether you’re dealing with small scratches or want to prevent big ones, we’ve got tips to help you take care of your car and keep it looking its best.

Table of Contents

Wash The Car Regularly

A blue car being washed with soap and cloth

Washing your car regularly is important for car paint protection. Dirt can scratch your car if left on too long. Further, it can act like sandpaper, causing scratches as you wash or wipe the car. Here’s how to wash your car right:

  • Use a gentle car wash shampoo: Harsh detergents in regular soap can cause damage to the car’s paint and make it worse than scratches.
  • Employ the two-bucket wash method: One bucket holds clean water for rinsing the wash mitt, while the other contains the soapy solution. This prevents dirt from being redistributed on the car’s surface.
  • Wash with a soft microfiber wash mitt: Avoid using sponges or rough cloths that can trap dirt particles and cause scratches.
  • Dry thoroughly with a clean microfiber drying towel: This prevents water spots and minimises the risk of scratches caused by trapped moisture.

Dry The Car With Proper Technique

A red-coloured car being wiped dry with a microfiber cloth

After washing, drying your car the right way is very important. Don’t let your car air dry, this can leave water spots that are hard to remove.

Here’s how to dry your car properly:

  1. Use clean microfiber towels. These are special soft cloths that soak up water well and don’t scratch your car.
  2. Pat the car dry instead of rubbing. This means gently pressing the towel on the car, not dragging it across the surface.
  3. Use different towels for different parts. Have one for the body, one for the wheels and one for the windows.
  4. Start from the top and work your way down. This way, you won’t miss any spots.
  5. Don’t forget hidden areas like door jambs and under the boot lid.

By drying your car this way, you’ll avoid water spots and small scratches, keeping your car looking shiny and new.

Park The Car With Care

A parking space with 3 cars parked at a good distance from each other

Where you park your car is very important to avoid scratches. Here are some helpful tips:

  1. Choose well-lit areas: This helps you see any dangers and keeps your car safer.
  2. Park away from busy places: Try not to park near shopping trolleys, bicycles or doors that can open and hit your car.
  3. Leave space between your car and others: This makes it less likely for other car doors to hit yours when they open.
  4. Use covered parking when you can: Parking in a garage or under a roof is best to protect your car from weather and other things that might scratch it.
  5. Be extra careful in tight spaces: If you’re not confident parking in narrow areas, it’s better to find a different spot.
  6. Look around before you park: Check for things that might scratch your car, like low walls or bushes.

Install Paint Protection Film (PPF) on Cars

PPF coatings are one of the most revolutionary innovations in car paint protection. A car PPF protects the most vulnerable areas of the vehicle like bumpers, hoods, fenders and door handles from scratches and scuffs.

Made from high-quality Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU), PPF for cars act as an invisible shield, absorbing the impact of minor scratches and chips caused by pebbles and debris. It is self-healing to a certain extent, meaning minor scratches can disappear with the application of heat. PPF also protects against UV rays and environmental contaminants.

Aegis Paint Protection Films by CarzSpa Detailing Studios further offers a 10-year warranty apart from the superior scratch and chip resistance, self-healing properties, UV protection, paint fade prevention and making the surface sleek and easy to maintain.

Pro Tip: If you’re someone who’s an offroading enthusiast with a high-performance SUV, then you must protect with CarzSpa’s thickest PPF in India, the Eternal 300, which is 300 microns thick and comes with a lifetime warranty.

Get The Car Ceramic Coated

Ceramic coating is a liquid polymer that bonds at a molecular level with your car’s paint. The silicon and resin material in ceramic coatings hardens on contact with air, forming a smooth, hydrophobic (water-repelling) protective layer, giving it an enhanced gloss and colour depth. While ceramic coatings may not be completely scratch-resistant, it is anti-static. This means it won’t attract dust and dirt to settle on the surface hence reducing the chances of hairline scratches.

CrystalShield, CarzSpa’s cutting-edge ceramic coating in India is developed specifically for the harsh Indian climate with the advanced Ultrasonic Dispersion Technology. This ensures superior bonding of SiO2 and Silica Resins, resulting in exceptional durability and protection. With over 80% high-grade SiO2 content.

Pro Tip: For maximum protection and aesthetic enhancement, consider combining CrystalShield Marvel with any Aegis PPF on high-impact areas of the car. This dual-layer approach provides the ultimate defence for your vehicle’s exterior.

Some additional tips for you

Keep A Safe Distance While Driving

a car driving very close to another car in front of it

Maintaining a safe distance from the car ahead reduces the risk of debris kicked up by their tyres hitting your car and causing scratches. Here are some additional tips:

  • Be aware of road conditions: Watch out for loose gravel or debris on the road, especially on highways or unpaved roads.
  • Avoid tailgating: This gives you more reaction time to slow down or swerve if necessary, preventing a collision that could cause scratches.
  • Practise defensive driving: Stay alert and anticipate the actions of other drivers. This can help you avoid situations that might lead to scratches, like sudden lane changes or close calls.

Always Use A Car Cover

A blue-coloured car covered with a plastic car cover

Using a car cover is a simple but effective way to protect your car from scratches. Even if you park in a garage, a cover can help. It’s especially important when you park outside.

A car cover shields your vehicle from:

  • Bird droppings, which can damage paint
  • Dust and dirt that can scratch the surface
  • Tree sap and leaves
  • Sun damage that can fade your car’s colour

Choose a cover that fits your car well. Make sure it’s clean before you put it on. When you’re not using the cover, store it in a clean, dry place.

Avoid Automatic Car Washes

a black car undergoing an automatic car wash

Automatic car washes might seem convenient, but they can be bad for your car’s paint. Here’s why you should avoid them:

  1. Rough brushes: These can scratch your car’s surface.
  2. Strong chemicals: They can remove the protective layers on your car’s paint.
  3. Swirl marks: The machines can leave tiny, circular scratches called swirl marks.
  4. Dirty equipment: If the brushes aren’t clean, they can spread dirt from other cars to yours.
  5. Not thorough: They might miss spots, especially in hard-to-reach areas.

Instead of automatic washes, try washing your car by hand. Use a soft cloth, car-friendly soap and clean water. If you don’t have time to wash it yourself, you could hire someone to do a hand car wash or take your car once in a while for a car detailing service. They’re usually more careful and professional and use better products.

Some concluding thoughts

Taking care of your car to prevent scratches is important. It keeps your car looking good and helps it keep its value. The tips we’ve shared are easy to follow. These simple steps can make a big difference. They help keep your car scratch-free and looking great for a long time. Remember, it’s easier to prevent scratches than to fix them later. If you need help, visit CarzSpa Detailing Studios. We can give your car the best protection and keep it looking amazing for years to come.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do I prevent my car from being scratched?
To prevent car scratches avoid placing items on your car, don’t lean or sit on it, minimise touching painted surfaces and park away from wall corners and close to other cars.

2. What is the best car protection against scratches?
PPF (Paint Protection Film) is the best protection against car scratches. It creates a clear, self-healing shield over your car’s paint. This protects against scratches, stone chips and other road debris.

3. Does PPF protect a car from scratches?
Yes, PPF protects cars from scratches effectively. It creates a strong, clear layer over your car’s paint. This layer shields against scratches from stones, debris and daily use.

4. How long will PPF last?
PPF typically lasts 7-10 years with proper care. However, its lifespan can vary based on factors like the quality of the PPF, installation, climate conditions, car usage and maintenance. Some high-quality PPFs may even last longer with good care.

5. Does car wax prevent scratches?
Car wax provides some protection against light scratches, but it’s not a strong barrier. It adds a thin, temporary layer that can help prevent minor scuffs. However, for serious scratch protection, options like PPF are much more effective.

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Deepam Sama

Deepam Sama is the Vice President of Business Strategy and Development at CarzSpa Detailing Studios, a leading car care company in India. He is a second-generation entrepreneur who has a passion for scaling up businesses and creating innovative marketing strategies. Deepam holds an MBA in Marketing from Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Pune and a BBA from the Institute of Management, Nirma University. He previously worked in the Sales Strategy team at ICICI Prudential Life Insurance, where he gained experience in developing and executing growth plans.

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