Scratch Proof vs Scratch Resistant

Check your Terminology: Scratch Proof VS. Scratch Resistant

            Scratch Proof and Scratch Resistant are terms that have been used interchangeably especially in advertisements and other commercial literatures. However, in a strict sense, one is not a counterpart of the other. Technically, the term ‘scratch proof’ means that a product or a material can withstand practically all kinds of abrasion and is not prone to scratch or any signs of it. But to claim that an object is scratch proof especially in delicate and fragile materials such watch, glass ware, and the like is almost impossible. Thus, to say that something is scratch proof, it only means that it is just more resistant to scratch. Also, scratch proof materials are made from mineral glass and sapphire glass and are known to be durable. Glasses, lens, and jewelries are usually products considered to be scratch proof.

Alternatively, ‘scratch resistant’ means that a material can withstand minor scratches or is less sensitive to cuts. Unlike a scratch proof material, scratch resistant is tough only to a lesser degree. Scratch resistant materials utilize a scratch resistant chemical coating. Watches, lenses, and photographic films are some of the products considered as scratch resistant.

Knowing the difference between the two may help a consumer choose wisely. Before plunging into a sale of scratch proof and scratch resistant materials, have a check on other properties as well as these features are not the only ones important.

 

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