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    I bought my car last week, and it came keyed on the drivers side.

    Its a black car, and has gone through to show some white.
    Some parts deeper than the other.

    Can I use a touch up pen from halfords (or bmw if its not much more?) to fill the scratch, then T cut off any excess left over?

    I can get a picture tomorrow.

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    depends if it is black or speckly spangly metallic black really. If its just the door it might be worth seeing what a body shop quotes you. May not be that expensive. Depends how much you want the car to look right in the end
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    Ive got about £100 to play with on the repair.
    Its just a plain black, not the speckly type

    Do you think its worth giving that method a try? Or will I be wasting my time / money?
     
     

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    I cant see it costing more than a ton for a plain black. Would expect change from that with the guy I use. (not a lot of change, but change all the same).
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    take it to a bodyshop mate, decent place would probably charge around £80 and the repair will be perfect.. something it definitely wont be using touch up and t-cut!
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    For what its worth a body shop may well be able to polish it out whilst you wait - I took my friends new Corsa that had been keyed under the window to a local body shop, they just polished it out and didn't even want to charge!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DSK View Post
    For what its worth a body shop may well be able to polish it out whilst you wait - I took my friends new Corsa that had been keyed under the window to a local body shop, they just polished it out and didn't even want to charge!
    sounds like a brilliant bodyshop!! wish there was one like that near to me!!

    most bodyshops local to me are robbing bas**rds!! lol
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    I wish there was one like that near me too

    Is there any particular reason why I couldnt get a decent result from filling in the line (its not that deep) with touchup pen and then Tcutting it over?

    Ive got £100 to play with like I say, but is there any harm in trying the above?
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    the only trouble is if you do touch it up and it doesent give you the result you want the bodyshop may then have to charge more for the job and wouldnt entertain the prospect of polishing the scratch out.my advice is to go to your local reputable bodyshop and get them to have a look.tehy normally quote for free and if it is a polish out job it wont make too much of a hole in your £100.
     
     

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    i'd totally agree with andy, before you do anything go to a decent bodyshop, they'll give you a quote, if your happy with that go for it, if not give it a shot yourself!

    problem is doing it yourself you probably wont be totally happy with the result, also the touch up paint isnt cheap, neither is a good cutting agent and polish so you may find it costs you £30-40 for materials!!

    i'd say if you do it yourself though its worth paying for a cutting agent like chemical guys or sfx for a few quid more than t-cut as they are MUCH better!!

    either way let us know how you get on!
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