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Old 03-27-2008, 08:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Some rotten SOB key'd my car - tips to get scratches out?

Yep, key stripes down both sides and the back of my '95 Mustang convertible. No idea when it happened, but would have been within the last month or so (haven't driven it much at all), likely at either Home Depot or Barnes & Noble parking lot.

Clearly I must have annoyed someone without the cajones to confront me personally, must suck to be that cowardly.

Anyway - It doesn't look like a LOT of paint is gone, but in some places the scratch is through the clearcoat, occasionally is down to primer it appears.

Any recommendations on how best to buff out the buffable or how to handle deliberate scratches like this? Don't bother making a firearms recommendation, handguns aren't much good for touchup painting ;-)

thanks for any touch-up hints!
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Old 03-27-2008, 08:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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There was a local guy that used some Dupont process to get scratches out.

He took a 6 inch long 1/4 inch wide scratch that was down to the primer out of my wife's civic fender for under 200$. I couldn't tell there had ever been a scratch there. It was a paint matching process that only took 2 hours.

Sorry I can't be more helpfull but you're taking it well. If you want I could find out more about the exact process and maybe you'd find someone in your area using the same thing. Let me know.

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Old 03-27-2008, 08:53 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Try running paint into the scratch with a fine brush and then gently wetsand with fine paper. following this polish with a cutting compound and wax.
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I have had very good result just using the little touch up bottle of paint. Then wet sand smooth with 1000, then 1500, then buff it out. I have use this method on my hood of my dark blue Aurora and it looks real good. The key is the match in color of course.
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Old 03-27-2008, 09:14 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I have about 25 feet of scratch, any tips for buffing to see where I need to repaint??
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I did what kobrak said on my 2005 GT and it worked great.
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Old 03-27-2008, 09:34 PM   #7 (permalink)
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This is what you have insurance for.

File a comp claim (doesn't count against you) pay your comprehensive deductible and turn it over to a professional body shop.

They will make it look brand new!

Then find the f---er that did it and .................................
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Old 03-27-2008, 09:54 PM   #8 (permalink)
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This stuff worked great after my son's ex keyed the Cooper



Here's their site.

http://www.langka.com/complete-paint...1cdfc83b9b0d78
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Old 03-27-2008, 10:35 PM   #9 (permalink)
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You sure it wasn't that little dude with the vise grips in your avatar?
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Old 03-27-2008, 11:48 PM   #10 (permalink)
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If it's a metallic color forget it. You will never be able to fill the scratch and make it look perfect. If it's solid you might be able to make a so-so repair. The clear on new cars is so thin it's too easy to sand through and mess something up.

I would let a pro fix it.

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Old 03-28-2008, 12:22 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Good feedback all - thanks.
I did start to blame the kids when I saw a light scratch all down the passenger side.... called them in, asked if anyone remembered scraping a bike down the side - my wife then noticed that there was a scratch down the drivers side as well.....
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My daughter took one of my cars to college. Somebody keyed it. She was afraid I might react negatively (can't imagine what would give her an idea like that ) so she took it to a body shop and got a $1,000 estimate to fix it. I took one look at it and told her to take it to the local car wash and get it detailed (making certain to point out the scratches). They got almost ALL the scratches out for the price of a good polish/wax job (which the car needed anyway).
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Old 03-28-2008, 02:39 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Try to determine how deep the scratch's are.
If just in the clear coat but not into the base.
Get a can of touch up clear coat
Use the small brush and build the new clear up slightlly higher then original clear.
After it cures for a week. 2000 grit wet sand with a rubber block. Use celephane tape to protect surrounding paint while sanding.
buff afterwards.

Scratch into base or primer. Do the same as above but built up with color(base) first. Sand flat then follow with the clear.
Dupli Color makes small bottles of touch up paint in base and clear.

3M also makes a scratch repair kit.
Contains two 3" foam buffing/polishing pads to use in drill motor.
Also has 3" sanding disc and pencil sander to work the scratch.
Repaired a few this way and works good
however for the entire sides of the car being damged. might think about insurance claim
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Old 03-28-2008, 04:05 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Insurance.

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Back on the road!
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I have some Walmart scratches on my Trialblazer. I found this stuff and am going to give it a try. After all it is made in "Germany".

http://www.5starshine.com/info-quixx...h-remover.html
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Old 04-17-2008, 01:58 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Update -

It appears that the SOB was actually an SOM (Son Of Mine)...

Yesterday I was in the garage with my 2.5 year old, looking closely at the scratches on the drivers side of the Mustang when I heard two simultaneous sounds -
"Vrooom rooom" and "clang scratch".

He was "driving" a 1/2" bolt down the passenger side of the car. When asked what he was doing the reply was "driving dad's mustang".

Might as well get used to it, he'll do worse when he's old enough to drive....
that's why they make beer I guess ;-)

mystery solved.
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Old 04-17-2008, 02:57 PM   #18 (permalink)
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LOL - you sure did!
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Well, take pictures of it and give him heck when he is older.
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And show them to him when HIS son does the same thing to his new car!
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