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Old 06-24-2012, 03:40 PM   #21
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Dear lord.

Find the most reputable detailing business in your area and have them remove the scratches. Don't try fixing it yourself.
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Old 06-24-2012, 05:15 PM   #22
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Old 06-24-2012, 05:27 PM   #23
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ouch, that sucks, did she use dish soap as well?
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Old 06-24-2012, 05:50 PM   #24
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Just talked to my fiancÚ who drives my Sterling Grey SE hatch and she hand-washed the car using a bucket of water and a green pot scrubber. I have not seen it yet, and I won't be until Wednesday. Even she noticed that it was badly scratched, in two places where apparently she scrubbed at some bird poop. But my concern is that the entire car is scratched, including the clear coat. I will post some pictures on Wednesday when I get home.

I am angry and disappointed but I am determined to do whatever it takes to restore the finish on the car. Does anybody know what kind of steps I need to take? Assuming the worse that the clear coat is heavily damaged how do I fix that? She also scrubbed the 17" black alloys. Yeesh.


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HAHAHAHAH!!! Im sorry dude, but does she hate you secretly??? Your a better man then me, my wife used a magic eraser on her new traverse years ago to clean bugs off her hood. If you dont know, which she didn't, it is basicly a very fine sanding sponge. Burnt the clear coat real nice. I was not a happy camper, but life goes on.
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Man that's tough. I'd recommend getting a pro to detail it. Check local car forums, car clubs, etc., to find someone local. If she didn't get through the clear coat hopefully they can buff it out without much trouble.
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yeah that will do the same thing, removed all the waxes as she scratched your car. salt in the wound.
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Old 06-25-2012, 02:22 PM   #28
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...I have not seen it yet, and I won't be until Wednesday. Even she noticed that it was badly scratched, in two places where apparently she scrubbed at some bird poop. But my concern is that the entire car is scratched, including the clear coat...

I am angry and disappointed but I am determined to do whatever it takes to restore the finish on the car. Does anybody know what kind of steps I need to take? Assuming the worse that the clear coat is heavily damaged how do I fix that? She also scrubbed the 17" black alloys. Yeesh.
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I don't think she'll do it again after this. She just didn't know.

And yeah, I forgive her. But however much it costs to fix I will spend- she won't get a say in that. =)
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Sounds like it will need a polish.

Sorry man...
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...I would think that any scratches to the clear coat could be corrected by a good detailer with a rotary buffer and compound. You could even do it yourself, but if you don't have the gear and experience, you're probably better off paying a pro the $200 or $300 it would cost.
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A reputable car detailer should be able to buff it out provided it is not scratched past the clear coat...... then you are into major bucks!!!...
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Take it to a reputable auto detailer to have them buff it out. Factory finishes have a very thin clear coat and the pro's should know how to work it without burning through the finish.
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...My wife used a magic eraser on her new traverse years ago to clean bugs off her hood. If you dont know, which she didn't, it is basicly a very fine sanding sponge. Burnt the clear coat real nice...
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...I'd recommend getting a pro to detail it. Check local car forums, car clubs, etc., to find someone local. If she didn't get through the clear coat hopefully they can buff it out without much trouble.
Hi everybody -

Nelson12, we completely sympathize with you on this one. It's tough dealing with scratches, but I'm pleased to see you're determined in getting it fixed. As a matter of fact, I think any of us would be this way too.

You're getting great advice from other members; I'll add to it. I recommend giving your dealer a call. They may be able to recommend someone (or a shop) in which they regularly use for any repairs. In addition, you have the alloy wheels to consider. If by any chance you need touch-up paint after this is all said and done, go here: http://www.fordparts.com/Commerce/Ca...o=Focus#Search.

BigDandthegirls, I use the magic eraser in my shower and it works wonders. My condolences go out to you as well.

To everyone else, thanks for your support! His Focus will need a lot of attention from here on out.

Best wishes,

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oh my god.

They're called "scratch pads" for a reason.

This is hilarious.
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Old 06-25-2012, 02:33 PM   #30
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And people wonder why I'm such an anal-retentive control freak. "NO NO,.. no need to wash my car for me...I'll do it when I get home!" OMG I can't even imagine the horror. I know...it's fixable, but...OH the horror!
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