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Keyed my own tailgate... best way to fix? (PIC)

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by MUDFISH, Sep 4, 2009.

  1. Sep 4, 2009 at 6:04 AM
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    MUDFISH

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    So I'm an idiot, and I opened my tailgate with my keys in my hand and dropped the tailgate right on the keys. The scratch is white, and through the clear and blue, I can see white, but no metal.

    It is somewhat small, so do you think ScratchX 2.0 will work? Should I just use a paint pen? Should I use a scratch pen after the ScratchX, then wax?

    Need some advice...

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  2. Sep 4, 2009 at 6:40 AM
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    hendooman

    hendooman The Stroker Ace

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    I bought this stuff called Dr. Chip the other day and used it on these chips, and another scratch...It worked really well. I put the How To together but have not posted it. It worked really well. Google Dr. Chip.

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  3. Sep 4, 2009 at 6:48 AM
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    What the DR Chip does is fill in the depth of the hole...it took multiple applications but it worked really well. The pics of the finished product are on my camera at home. I will post them up this weekend.
     
  4. Sep 4, 2009 at 6:49 AM
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    cool...
     
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    That is the same kind of stupit shit I do, makes me feel better to see I'm not the lone ranger. Good luck with the repair.
     
  6. Sep 4, 2009 at 7:26 AM
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    rb11701 Oh yeah!

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    Can you catch the scratch with your fingernail? If it just barely does, you could polish it out to almost nothing. If it is deep, it will need to be painted.

    Never heard of Dr. Chip, however if you get some OEM paint, you can dap it in the crevice witha toothpick or a very very small artist brush. There will be high spots. Then, you will need to wetsand with 2500 grit followed by 3000 grit. You will then need a machine polisher topolish out the sanding marks.

    You could go with 2000, however I would try the 2500 first. Go in an up and down patterm very easy and keep the paint WET. Inspect your work. If happy, use 3000 and go left to right. Inspect your work. THe different directions help you see if you have removed all the lower grade sanding marks. Once you are happy with the feel, you will need to use a polish that is aggressive enough to remove those marks. You will need like a Meguiars m105, Adams Swirl & Haze Remover etc. That will need to be followed by a finish polish and a wax. After all that, I highly doubt you will see it.

    Word of advice when painting that scratch, go very light and use multiple applications to build up the paint. If you glob on with the applicator it comes with you will have a mess on your hands.

    Hope that helps!
     
  7. Sep 4, 2009 at 7:31 AM
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    I have a scratch almost identical to that on my tailgate and in the same exact spot. I am not sure how it happened but it pissed me off because it happened right after my tailgate was fixed and repainted under the TSB. I put some touch-up paint on it but it is still very noticable.
     
  8. Feb 14, 2010 at 9:41 PM
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    Try Meguiars Scratch X 2.0! It worked wonders for me and hope it does for you. Goodluck!!!
     
  9. Feb 14, 2010 at 10:10 PM
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    I would say time for a tire gate.
     
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