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Old 06-13-2013, 04:08 PM   #1
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Very minor scratch repair

So recently I got trapped in my parking spot at a park because some ass thought he'd left me enough room. I waited around but the guy never showed so I was forced to squeeze through a tight spot. I fit but some bush on one side left a nice long rub mark down the passenger side doors.

Curious what you guys recommend for repairing this. Car is 2012 Focus, tuxedo black paint. I'm looking to repair all my little chips and such and get the car looking new as I'm trading it in for an ST soon.


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Old 06-13-2013, 06:06 PM   #2
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Have you tried Meguiar's Scratchx? You can pick it up from Walmart. Just apply it like car polish and buff off.
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Have you tried Meguiar's Scratchx? You can pick it up from Walmart. Just apply it like car polish and buff off.
I picked up something similar by TurtleWax.. cost about $20. A little elbow grease and time and it's doing the trick. Upon close inspection the scratches are there but you really have to be looking for them. I'm hesitant to sand it too much to really get at those scratches as I don't want to end up with large blemishes.

The reason I got this one is it did come with a 3 stage sanding kit which will be handy for some of the chips in the front and underside stuff. Next up is cleaning up the plastic and I already have a product for that. Can I just say. The plastic panels on the doors are the worst idea ever. They get scratched so easily.
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If it's a scuff then you can buff it out with some compound and/or polish. If it is an actual scratch that you can catch a finger nail on then it will have to be repaired, covered up, or lived with.
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If it's a scuff then you can buff it out with some compound and/or polish. If it is an actual scratch that you can catch a finger nail on then it will have to be repaired, covered up, or lived with.
^this- try to buff it out. I'd use a compound, then a polish to get the hologram the compound might make, then a good wax job. Meg's scratchx is good, megs ultimate compound is nice too. I use 3m scratch remover a lot too. Trick if you do it by hand is to work it into the scratch it works better when it starts to break down a bit.

For things you can feel with your finger nail- check out Dr. Colorchip! I just bought the kit for my focus- they matched the paint a billion times better than the motorcraft touch up! Fixed chips and scratches alike. You can still find them if you are about 4 inches away from the paint, but any normal look wouldn't find them. What you do is get something wide flat and kinda bendy- wrap their buffing cloth around it and buff the paint with their solution on that flat side. (Like langka blob remover recommends) it won't pull the paint back out and will make it level. I repaired a spot about 1" square this way. You can still kinda see in sunlight, but it isn't glaring anymore.
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I tried drcolorchip but found it wasnt any good for stratches. The magic only worked on actual chips. If your trading it in, why worry about the marks? Let the dealer worry about it.

May i suggest a clear bra on your new ST?
I had a tuxblack SEL, the chips annoyed the hell out of me. Traded it in for a new ST, im putting a clear bra on shortly.
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Old 06-21-2014, 01:58 PM   #7
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Have you tried Meguiar's Scratchx? You can pick it up from Walmart. Just apply it like car polish and buff off.

I used it today - must have been a deep scratch in the clearcoat because a little of it remains, nothing terrible...

BUT

the area I applied ScratchX to no longer beads up when washing or rinsing.

ScratchX may have removed some of the clearcost, despite being safe for clearcoat/all finishes.

The good news is that:

a. apart from the lack of water beading there is no appreciable damage
b. polishing and waxing should return the beading effect (and that too helps take care of scratches - to an extent...)

Still, I'd be wary of ScratchX on candy blue. In retrospect, I probably should have polished/waxed only.

But even before polishing and waxing there was no sign that scratchx damaged anything and maybe it was just oil residue when I analyzed after rinsing. And the Merguir Ultimate Polish and Liquid Wax both did a great job. Those I've always used without fear.

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On update: it is normal for clearcoat to be compromised by scratch removers. I didn't expect to see the beading power removed but I'm glad it wasn't anything more, and the waxing will restore the beading of water. No problemo.
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Polishing compound and a wet rag will take care of it.
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