Keying a car is a passive-aggressive act of vandalism. It only takes a minute to do, and the victim can’t help but notice it. Often, the victim’s friends, co-workers, and family see the damage too, and that can be quite embarrassing. The perpetrator typically gets exactly what they want and, unless someone saw them key the car, they aren’t likely to get in any trouble for it. To add insult to injury, it can take weeks for the insurance company to complete a claim so the car can go to a body shop to be repaired. There is another option.
Thanks to the internet, there are plenty of options for fixing a deep key scratch at home. A simple search on YouTube will provide plenty of results, and some of them may actually know what they’re doing. The problem is that few people have time to waste watching video after video and then reading the comments to determine whether one method is likely to fix their problem.
The truth is that there’s no real alternative to getting the scratched panel professionally repainted. It’s going to have to be done. However, there is at least one way to fix deep key scratches temporarily until the owner of the car can get it to the body shop. Since the cost to fix a key scratch can be well over $1,000, depending on how long it is, using a temporary fix can help a driver avoid some of the compassionate or knowing stares they are certain to get with the scratch on their car.
When the body shop gets the car, they are going to repaint the panel or panels that were damaged by the vandal. Most shops charge several hundred dollars per panel and, unless they’ve been doing this for a very long time, the paint won’t be an exact match. The best option for someone who wants their car to have a perfect coat of paint again is to get the entire car repainted.
There’s no doubt a deep key scratch is an expensive problem to fix. Whenever possible, a victim of this type of crime should attempt to prosecute the person who damaged their car. That may deter them from doing the same thing again after the car gets repainted.