General Chat Thread, Getting scratches out of cars? in General; Only had the car for a couple of months and managed to do something stupid >:-0
Was cleaning it and ...
11th May 2012, 10:23 AM #1
Getting scratches out of cars?
Only had the car for a couple of months and managed to do something stupid >:-0
Was cleaning it and wiped some bird poo of the bonnet, took a few wipes to get it off, then I realised that I'd scrapped the grit in the poo backwards and forwards leaving lovely scratches with it.
The scratches aren't deep and look surface level but being a black car it looks terrible.
Anyone got any advice about the best way to treat the scratches?
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11th May 2012, 10:25 AM #2
Some very fine polishing paste or tooth paste.
11th May 2012, 10:25 AM #3
Get some T-Cut from Halfords....
Spend a bit of time cutting the scratches out and it'll be as good as new!
11th May 2012, 10:27 AM #4
+1 for T-Cut. Worked well on my laguna
11th May 2012, 10:27 AM #5
...what like ordinary tooth paste?
Originally Posted by plexer
11th May 2012, 10:28 AM #6
machine polisher either yourself i think you can rent them or a dewcent valeting firm should have one
11th May 2012, 10:28 AM #7
Dont use T-Cut, too abrasive.
Have a look on A world for detailers...
Other thing to look into is a Chips Away type company, they sometimes are very reasonable for small work and you don't have to get your hand dirty
11th May 2012, 10:29 AM #8
+1 for T-Cut and a bit of elbow-grease. Then a good wax polish. You can get colour coded rubbing compound that help mask the scratch
That's the idea isn't it. The wax polish will smooth out any fine lines left by the T-Cut.
Dont use T-Cut, too abrasive
Last edited by laserblazer; 11th May 2012 at 10:31 AM.
11th May 2012, 10:37 AM #9
Yes, its needs to be abrasive, but T-Cut is too abrasive, its the Symantec of car care products
Originally Posted by laserblazer
11th May 2012, 10:38 AM #10
Does it make any difference that the paint is metallic and kind of pearlescent?
11th May 2012, 10:38 AM #11
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11th May 2012, 10:47 AM #12
Yeah, T-Cut is much too harsh for that - it's great for flat colours (think red Vauxhalls that go pink!), the metallic variant is much gentler as it's not the paint that's often scratched, but the clear lacquer which coats it, and you don't want to cut through that.
11th May 2012, 10:52 AM #13
Yes ordinary toothpaste one of the most gentle abrasive cleaners you can get allthough it may not be quite enough so a scratch removal tube of paste is next, do not use full on T-Cut allthough they do make some less ahrsh compounds under the T-Cut brand.
Originally Posted by sparkeh
G3 is a good one to use.
You will have only just scratched the top coat of laquer.
11th May 2012, 10:55 AM #14
Do not use T-Cut. Trust me as someone who 'details' their car on a regular basis.
You need this http://www.amazon.co.uk/Meguiars-G10.../dp/B0006ZXUAG
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