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Posted: 11/21/2012 9:11:35 AM EST
So my wife decided to surprise me today with a nice deep scratch down the rear quarter panel of our 1 month old car. Does not appear to be a surface scratch. What's my best chance at lessening the contrasting white on dark gray scratch? Any experts here ?

Link Posted: 11/21/2012 9:12:44 AM EST
Pics?
Link Posted: 11/21/2012 9:13:14 AM EST
[Last Edit: 11/21/2012 9:13:23 AM EST by gearjammer351]
On new cars with clear-coat it's very hard to conceal scratches. Step 1 is to clean it throughout to asses the damage. Try an old toothbrush to get all the loose little particles out of the scratch.
Link Posted: 11/21/2012 9:13:43 AM EST
I remember a Billy Mayes infomercial for some magic scratch stuff:
https://www.fixitpropens.com/?mid=1090241&gclid=COn9_57i4LMCFYZaMgodsVAANw

Supposed to be a clear epoxy, can't testify to how well it works though.
Link Posted: 11/21/2012 9:14:38 AM EST
Originally Posted By TOTHEMAX:
Pics?


When she gets back ill take some pics (of the car)
Link Posted: 11/21/2012 9:16:03 AM EST
Originally Posted By gearjammer351:
On new cars with clear-coat it's very hard to conceal scratches. Step 1 is to clean it throughout to asses the damage. Try an old toothbrush to get all the loose little particles out of the scratch.


:(

Good news is I don't have to replace my vandal proof mailbox.
Link Posted: 11/21/2012 9:20:51 AM EST
Originally Posted By NoloContendere:
So my wife decided to surprise me today with a nice deep scratch down the rear quarter panel of our 1 month old car. Does not appear to be a surface scratch. What's my best chance at lessening the contrasting white on dark gray scratch? Any experts here ?



Pics! Unless its down to the metal, it should come out with some wet sanding and elbow grease.
Link Posted: 11/21/2012 9:23:28 AM EST
[Last Edit: 11/21/2012 9:26:01 AM EST by callgood]
It might actually buff out.

You could try taking it to a detail shop. They have a dual action buffer that they can use. Worth a shot.

Or just leave it. Then you can start parking right up next to the store without worrying about it.
Link Posted: 11/21/2012 9:24:07 AM EST
[Last Edit: 11/21/2012 9:24:57 AM EST by GetOffMyLawnChair]
How'd she get out of the kitchen?
Link Posted: 11/21/2012 9:26:00 AM EST
If it's through the paint, the best bet is to find the color code of the car and have a small amount of the paint mixed. With a steady hand, you can color in the scratch. It'll still be visible, but better.
Link Posted: 11/21/2012 9:27:05 AM EST
Just tell people it's "desert pinstriping" and don't worry about it.
Link Posted: 11/21/2012 9:28:04 AM EST
Find the guys who work for the local car dealers. They're the best at it. I've found that when I try to fix it, I just end up paying them more to fix what I fixed.
Link Posted: 11/21/2012 9:29:46 AM EST
Originally Posted By GetOffMyLawnChair:
How'd she get out of the kitchen?


She was going to store to restock the kitchen.
Link Posted: 11/21/2012 9:30:11 AM EST
Originally Posted By d90king:
Originally Posted By NoloContendere:
So my wife decided to surprise me today with a nice deep scratch down the rear quarter panel of our 1 month old car. Does not appear to be a surface scratch. What's my best chance at lessening the contrasting white on dark gray scratch? Any experts here ?



Pics! Unless its down to the metal, it should come out with some wet sanding and elbow grease.


Be careful when giving out advice.

What if its only down to the sealer? Should he wet sand it until he has a big area with no finish? Remember, new car. Clear has to have a certain film thickness to be durable. Too much sand/buffing will lead to clear failure later down the road...

Nolo, if you can catch your thumbnail on it, youre basically screwed as far as having a cheap/easy/DIY fix. Take it to a shop and ask them.

**PRO-TIP: Go to a body shop and ask them to take a look at it. When people do this with me, I always take the car to the shop and have my guy do a bit of sand/buff to determine how bad it is...90% of the time the scratch can be "improved" upon but not completly repaired. Many folks decide that they are willing to live with it then and save the repair cost. I always do this gratis and inform folks to come see me when they have more serious damage
Link Posted: 11/21/2012 11:11:04 AM EST
it's deep. i tried a small dab of polishing compound on it and it made no difference. i'm going to call the dealer and see who they use to do their repairs.




Link Posted: 11/21/2012 11:13:57 AM EST
Body shop time for your accord!
Link Posted: 11/21/2012 11:14:07 AM EST
I have one just like it!
Link Posted: 11/21/2012 11:15:07 AM EST
It actually looks like most of that WILL buff out with the DA.
Link Posted: 11/21/2012 11:15:22 AM EST
Chrysler sells touchup paint in a spray can for jeep wranglers. Not sure if this is an option for you.
Link Posted: 11/21/2012 11:19:12 AM EST
This, Get a good detailer and quickly if you can so that it doesn't rust.

Originally Posted By NoloContendere:
it's deep. i tried a small dab of polishing compound on it and it made no difference. i'm going to call the dealer and see who they use to do their repairs.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8489/8206020199_91772f6962_c.jpg


http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8488/8206018647_aec1479e7a_c.jpg


Link Posted: 11/21/2012 11:20:49 AM EST

Originally Posted By California_Kid:
Just tell people it's "desert pinstriping" and don't worry about it.

Very true, you should see my side view mirrors.
Link Posted: 11/21/2012 11:22:48 AM EST
[Last Edit: 11/21/2012 11:25:17 AM EST by Synyster06Gates]
That will come out rather easily. Grab some polishing compound and applicator pad. If that doesn't work and you're in central Texas, I'd be glad to help you out with my dual action.

EDIT: Just saw that you tried that. Get some fine sand paper. Wetsand with 1000 grit, followed by 1500, followed by 2000, then a cutting compound such as Meguiars M105, then a polishing compound like Meguiars M205.
Link Posted: 11/21/2012 11:23:43 AM EST
Is the mailbox white plastic ? It looks like a plastic streak to me.
Link Posted: 11/21/2012 11:30:48 AM EST
Originally Posted By Progun1911:
Is the mailbox white plastic ? It looks like a plastic streak to me.


It's steel. Vandal proof. Or so they claim. It is definitely accord proof. Didn't even leave a mark on the mailbox. Just a bunch of paint.

I'm not even going to attempt the sandpaper. I will ask the dealer and let them refer me to someone.
Link Posted: 11/21/2012 11:32:51 AM EST
Originally Posted By Synyster06Gates:
That will come out rather easily. Grab some polishing compound and applicator pad. If that doesn't work and you're in central Texas, I'd be glad to help you out with my dual action.

EDIT: Just saw that you tried that. Get some fine sand paper. Wetsand with 1000 grit, followed by 1500, followed by 2000, then a cutting compound such as Meguiars M105, then a polishing compound like Meguiars M205.


This is probably the best advice. Looks like a lot of it will come out, but there also looked to be some areas that were pretty deep. But IMO, It's probably worth the money to take it to a body shop and see what they can do. They won't charge you much just to wetsand and buff it. At that point you can decide whether or not you need to have paint work done.

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