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    I have a small shallow scratch in one of my rear doors. I probably did it whilst cleaning and polishing. It's not very bad but I would like to either fill or remove it. Which would be the best method bearing in mind the paintwork has metallic finish (Blue)?

    Any help would be appreciated.


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    Hi,

    Depends how deep it is mate....a pic would be nice.

    U said that it was shallow.......without looking at it its pretty hard to tell.

    I take it that the scratch is only on the top clear coat and has not gone down to the blue base?

    You maybe able to compound it down to make it look less noticeable or even remove it by using G3.

    We often use 2000 wet and dry grit paper to lighly sand the scratch down to smooth it out and then G3 the area...........but that's if the scratch is only in the clear coat.

    If it has gone down to the Base clour then that is not good dude.......to do it properly you would need to sand the area down repaint.........maybe even into the other door or rear quarter depending on where the scratch is and or if the clour is not matched 100%

    You could try touching it up but that can sometimes look worse afterwards.
     
     

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    Hello Slacker-ray.

    I have just tried to take a photograph but it wouldn't show up on the camera....I did say it was shallow. Yes it is only in the top gloss protection coat and it's about 3 inches long. It's not so bad when I wash the car but does show when I wax it,the scratch fills with wax and shows as a white line. You can just about feel it with a finger nail.


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    I had a similar problem when a cat decided to walk over my car but when it reached the bonnet, it was so highly polished that it must have flown-off the end digging its claws in as it went.
    Can't use anything too harsh on the metallic or you'll end up with a brillo pad effect. Suggest you try a mix of polish and rubbing compound (50-50) on a polishing mop. That gives it the friction and heat you need to get it 99% better over doing it by hand. Then finish it with a final coat of polish.
    Saw a professional scratch remover do this on the TV and it worked for me. Good Luck!
     
     

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    Just remembered....there is a very good thread in the Bodywork and Detailing section. I dont know how to link to these things but its on page 2, The Detailing Handbook from Boostist. I think that also deals with scratch removal. Cheers, ATJ.
     
     

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    Well remembered ATJ!
    I had forgotten about that!

    Here is a link to the handbook and that has lots of info in re scratch removal

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    Thanks to everyone for your help. The "Detailing Guide" link in bootists post was excellent. Would it be possible to make that link a "Sticky" for future reference? The Grit Guard in the bottom of the bucket is a brilliant idea. I think it was probably grit on my sponge which caused the problem in the first place. I have been using the Flash car cleaning system for quite a while now and found it very good. I shall soon be running out of my stock of shampoo and filters, not sure where to get them now.


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    Sorry bootist I have just found out that it is a "Sticky". What a silly old duffer I am.


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    Quote Originally Posted by killwilly View Post
    Sorry bootist I have just found out that it is a "Sticky". What a silly old duffer I am.
    Lol!!

    I was going to say its already a sticky!!!....


    Heres a good place to get lots of detailing goodies from...

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