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scratch repair question

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by crazyengineer, Apr 13, 2012.

  1. Apr 13, 2012 at 7:33 AM
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    crazyengineer

    crazyengineer [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I had a guy in my neighbor hood that I talk with from time to time tell me how to repair scratches on a vehicle, and I want to know what yall think about if and if it would work (or work well)

    these are scratches that you can catch fingernail in and or see base coat (i have a couple....some bastard hit my car with an egg before I bought it).

    here is what was said

    clean and clay bar

    use color matched paint, apply it with a tooth pick to make sure it is as even as possible on the vehicle.

    next (i think, this may be from another process though) use a fine grit (very fine) wet dry sandpaper and make sure it is even with the original paint.

    then polish it out to a point where it disappears then wax like you normally would



    so, will this work?

    I'm curious because I have a few that need to be done. I may also see how much he charges with me helping, but I doubt that.....I'm a cheap SOB
     
  2. Apr 13, 2012 at 7:37 AM
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    fishntaco

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    That will work although it is often difficult to get it looking good. I've had good luck with the Langka system on a few other vehicles. It requires no sanding.
     
  3. Apr 13, 2012 at 8:25 PM
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    Dadic 78

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    Honestly, it's a good way of fixing a scratch, but don't expect it to look perfect... I wouldn't pay a whole lot (if anything) for such a service.
     
  4. Apr 13, 2012 at 8:33 PM
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    JaimeDawg

    JaimeDawg make me a sammich

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    Recently after taking my taco offroading i got some serious new mexico pinstriping(scratches) i sanded it down with 2500 grit while wetting it with a spray bottle.. then used "scratch off" then used meguirs diamond cut POLISHING compound to finish it off. then waxed.. i need to emphasize polishing compound not a rubbing compound cuz youll scratch it even more.. and when sanding dont stay in one spot to long or it will take off the clear coat and youll be at your paint and will need a clear coat sealer. i havent finished or id put up pics.. i messed up on a couple spots for sanding to long and left small swirl like scratches which has been hard to buff out.. keep in mind this is by hand also...if u have a buffer its a heck of alot easier.. look on youtube on removing scratches
     
  5. Apr 14, 2012 at 11:18 AM
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    Gooch

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    ^Sanding is dangerous. Please remember that there is only about 0.003" of clearcoat on most paint jobs.

    It can be done safely, but you need to be VERY careful. A newbie could easily do permanent damage.
     
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