What are the different types of scratches and other metal repairs?

Scratch repair is a type of damage that a body technician straightens and/or fills in with bondo to make the metal body of your car smooth and straight.

How are scratch and other metal repairs done?

The Quality Body Repair Process

Assessing The Damage

Before we begin work on any repair procedure, we analyze and assess the damaged area.  We do this in order to determine the correct repair procedures.  This helps save time and money for you and us.

Metal Damage Types

Not all body damage is created equal, in other words, they are not all the same.  Body damage can be fixed quickly or take long, in some cases it might be necessary to simply replace the part.  It simply all depends on the type of damage to the metal these can include:

  • Cracks
  • Bends
  • Dings
  • Dents
  • Kinks
  • Scratches
  • Stretches
  • Tears

Types of Damage

Not all damages or collisions are equally the same either.  The type of damage might also be a factor to contribute in making your repair more costly.  This is why we ask that all our potential clients come over to our shop with their cars so we may assess the damage in person.  Many problems cannot be seen with the naked eye, many times we need to look under hoods, cars, behind doors, and feel for the damage.  Any slight problem can turn into a big one if not caught sooner.

  • Direct damage
  • Indirect damage
  • Minor damage
  • Major damage

Scratch And Other Metal Repairs Techniques

There are several techniques for repairing a scratch and other metal auto body damage.  The techniques used will depend on the age of the damaged vehicle, the location of the damage, and your wishes.

After your damaged panel has been straightened and/or fix with bondo, it will be sanded to assure that fillers and primers will adhere to the metal surface.  Once it has been primed and sanded it is ready for color and top coat.

“This body shop is amazing. I am very satisfied on how they repaired the scratches on the bumper of my car for half or almost one-third of what other repair shops quoted me for. The owner exactly delivered the service he promised. This is to me beyond 5 stars.”

-Mario D., Valley Glen, Los Angeles, CA, 8/27/2019

As of Monday, November 15th, 2021 we are NOT accepting any new work or estimate appointment requests, because…

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Where can you find a top-quality body repair shop to repair the scratches on your car in Van Nuys or the Los Angeles area?

At West Coast Body and Paint!  We have many years of experience with minor and major paint repair on all types of car as well as classics.  Come to our shop for a free body repair estimate, give us a call 818.785.2639, tex 818.793.7728 or email us at wcbodyandpaint@gmail.com.  Check out our gallery or before and after pictures here.  We are located in Van Nuys, we serve the San Fernando Valley and the Los Angeles area.

Ourestimates are always free and you are welcome to come by our shop anytime or make an appointment.  We know that many clients like the convenience of sending pictures of their car and request an estimate; but, in reality an estimate by this means is not really reliable.  Why?  Because the estimate will either be too high or too low.  In order to assess the damage and give an estimate, a car needs to be seen by a professional and in person.  This insures that the estimate is as accurate as possible, not too high or too low.  For more information click here.

If you are not able to come by our shop during normal working hours, you can give us a call or send us an email, and make an appointment when you can come, in most cases we are able to accommodate our clients.