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Paint Scuffs on Wife's Car... how to fix?

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    Paint Scuffs on Wife's Car... how to fix?

    My wife and I are planning on selling her car, but there are two spots where paint has transferred onto the car when she scraped it against a pillar while parking.

    I would like to remove/correct the scuffs myself and restore the appearance of the car to a factory look.

    What should I use to remove/correct the scuffs? What technique will work for getting the factory look back?

    Once the scuffs are corrected, I plan to Zaino th whole car.

    Tips?

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    not sure how deep? maybe try clay bar on the area? or, one of the scratch remover products in a bottle?

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    I would try gas and a cotton rag.If that doesnt work, zylene. Then wash with soap and water. Either way. Usually gas and a cotton rag will take off anything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wileyCoyote View Post
    not sure how deep? maybe try clay bar on the area? or, one of the scratch remover products in a bottle?
    The depth of the scuffs is superficial. The body panels did not suffer any damage, no dings/dents etc. Just white "stripes" along the area of impact.

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    Give some meguiars ScratchX a try. The rule of thumb is if you can catch you fingernail in the mark then it is too deep to fix.

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    Latex only paint remover..

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    Mmmmm....

    I have got to agree with garver. Meguiars ScratchX is damn good stuff. I am also a fan of the swirlX . They just both work very well and do what they claim.

    IMHO that is... but i am sure we all have our favorites. Bottom line is you need a rubbing compound of some kind if it is rogue paint sitting on top rather than a scratch in your paint.


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    Quote Originally Posted by garver View Post
    Give some meguiars ScratchX a try. The rule of thumb is if you can catch you fingernail in the mark then it is too deep to fix.
    Good to know. I'll double check this when I get home tonight.

    Quote Originally Posted by Smittro View Post
    Latex only paint remover..
    This will not damage the original paint?

    Quote Originally Posted by speedyWS6 View Post
    Mmmmm....

    I have got to agree with garver. Meguiars ScratchX is damn good stuff. I am also a fan of the swirlX . They just both work very well and do what they claim.

    IMHO that is... but i am sure we all have our favorites. Bottom line is you need a rubbing compound of some kind if it is rogue paint sitting on top rather than a scratch in your paint.


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    Looking up ScratchX now...

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    Um, nevermind. I was TRYING to help. I guess I know jack shit about detail. Ill sit back and learn a thing or two.

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    SratchX is good for beginners, its hard to do much damage with that product. If that doesn't work you could try a light rubbing compound.

    You obviously need to remove the paint for the car first, then scratchx then your wax/sealant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Naaman View Post


    This will not damage the original paint?



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    Don't know.. It does'nt harm wood.. Usually dos'nt remove other types of paint.. Could'nt be any worse than any other solvent on plastic.. It just bubbles up the latex and causes it to come off of whatever it's painted on. The enviro friendly stuff is usually pretty weak but less caustic..

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    use a medium grade clay bar and some degreaser as lube, if it's only transfer, this will remove it.

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    Using that method, would I need to do anything immediately afterward other than wash it?

    I'm going to try and get it taken care of this weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Naaman View Post
    Using that method, would I need to do anything immediately afterward other than wash it?

    I'm going to try and get it taken care of this weekend.
    yes, assuming you keep your car w/ a coat of wax, you'll want to wax the area after washing because the claybar and any degreaser will remove wax.

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    Quote Originally Posted by third_shift|studios View Post
    use a medium grade clay bar and some degreaser as lube, if it's only transfer, this will remove it.
    I used this method with a Mother's clay bar that I had on hand. Wow! That worked like magic. I took the car to a full service car wash afterward and she looks great. Even though I would get the car washed from time to time, with those scuffs on there, it never looked clean. Now she shines and sparkles beautifully.

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