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johnS
Hi

Just had my first ever scratch and it's a large one. Scraped against a wall in a (very) tight parking spot, there's a lot of white marks around the nearside back wheel arch. Any ideas on how to remove these pretty bad scratches?
Brigante
If they really bad n you don't wanna pay about 70quid to get it done profesionally, you could always tackle it yourself by sanding the scratches down n buying a spray can of primer, a can of lacquer and a colour matched can of paint.

If the scratches are too deep to sand down you could can a can of primer filler and build the coats up to fill the scratch then sand to a smooth flat surface.

Then mask off the surrounding area with tape then spray light coats of paint, letting it dry for 20min in between coats and gradually blend to the rest of the bodywork.
johnS
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If they really bad n you don't wanna pay about 70quid to get it done profesionally, you could always tackle it yourself by sanding the scratches down n buying a spray can of primer, a can of lacquer and a colour matched can of paint.

If the scratches are too deep to sand down you could can a can of primer filler and build the coats up to fill the scratch then sand to a smooth flat surface.

Then mask off the surrounding area with tape then spray light coats of paint, letting it dry for 20min in between coats and gradually blend to the rest of the bodywork.
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thanks, i'll try it, man im so depressed, it could have been easily avoided
Brigante
I know how you feel man but it could be worse, about a week after I bought my car, parked in a carpark with the missus, come back out to find about 5 dirty deep scratches right down to the plastic on the passenger side corner of the front bumper where someones either scraped along it with a trolley or pulling out from the space next to me.

Got all the required spray cans and sandpaper from halfords n was just waiting for decent weather so I could set about repairing it myself.

Then a week later driving home from work, literally 4minutes from my house, a bloody lorry decides to cut me up leaving a roundabout.. Ripped a massive hole in the same corner of the bumper as well as badly dented my passenger front wing panel and even tool out one of my alloy centre caps.

So before I could even repair the scratches I ended up having to replace the whole front bumper instead as well as buy a new wing panel n centre cap. Ended up costing around 150quid :(

So like I said, your case could be worse ;)
Brigante
Oh yeah, halfords also do a scratch repair kit consisting of 3 mini pen type things consisting of a primer, lacquer and a colour matched paint for about 15quid. Same thing, you build up the layers of primer in the scratch, paint then lacquer.

Do you know what exact paint colour your motor is?
johnS
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I know how you feel man but it could be worse, about a week after I bought my car, parked in a carpark with the missus, come back out to find about 5 dirty deep scratches right down to the plastic on the passenger side corner of the front bumper where someones either scraped along it with a trolley or pulling out from the space next to me.

Got all the required spray cans and sandpaper from halfords n was just waiting for decent weather so I could set about repairing it myself.

Then a week later driving home from work, literally 4minutes from my house, a bloody lorry decides to cut me up leaving a roundabout.. Ripped a massive hole in the same corner of the bumper as well as badly dented my passenger front wing panel and even tool out one of my alloy centre caps.

So before I could even repair the scratches I ended up having to replace the whole front bumper instead as well as buy a new wing panel n centre cap. Ended up costing around 150quid :(

So like I said, your case could be worse ;)
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yeah thats true, it could have been worse still, being in a crash
johnS
[quote name='Brigante' timestamp='1348510694' post='208120']
Oh yeah, halfords also do a scratch repair kit consisting of 3 mini pen type things consisting of a primer, lacquer and a colour matched paint for about 15quid. Same thing, you build up the layers of primer in the scratch, paint then lacquer.

Do you know what exact paint colour your motor is?
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yeah I was looking at the halfords one, it's Honour Green, but I dont know it will cut it, the scratches are rather large. I could post a pic to see what you think?
Brigante
Post a photo mate.

The repair kits kind of the same except you brush it on or use like a pen nib. Might work on deep scratches just build the primer up in layers

This is what you'd need

http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_storeId_10001_catalogId_10151_productId_198021_langId_-1_categoryId_165580

All in one.


Was going to post everything you'd need to spray it, but halfords don't seem to have a colour matched 'honour green' spray can, just in the repair kit I listed
johnS
[quote name='Brigante' timestamp='1348514905' post='208141']
Post a photo mate.

The repair kits kind of the same except you brush it on or use like a pen nib. Might work on deep scratches just build the primer up in layers

This is what you'd need

[url="http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_storeId_10001_catalogId_10151_productId_198021_langId_-1_categoryId_165580"]http://www.halfords....tegoryId_165580[/url]

All in one.


Was going to post everything you'd need to spray it, but halfords don't seem to have a colour matched 'honour green' spray can, just in the repair kit I listed
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I have no confidence in doing a good job lol, I'll probably make it worse, is it hard to do?
Preee
Your not going to repair those scratches with a small repair kit , i would seek out a professional , looks like small dents will need filling as well.
johnS
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Your not going to repair those scratches with a small repair kit , i would seek out a professional , looks like small dents will need filling as well.
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how about to get it to look "less worse"
Preee
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how about to get it to look "less worse"
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All a paint stick is going to do to those scratches is help to stop it going rusty , if you don't want a garage to do it then , take the plunge , push out as many dents as possible but removing the wheel arch liner , fill it , smooth it prime and spray it , its all about the finish standard of the prepping into how good the final finish will look , Probably about 30 quid in parts to have a go at it yourself.
You could waste 18 pound on just a Halford's small repair kit.

I filled rust on an Old rover i used to own and had never attempted it before , ok i had to rub it back a couple of times but in the end , with cutting back and polishing , it turned out really well.
Stoney871
You could try giving Chips Away a shout and see what they can do.

[url="http://www.chipsaway.co.uk/"]http://www.chipsaway.co.uk/[/url]
johnS
[quote name='Preee' timestamp='1348519976' post='208170']
All a paint stick is going to do to those scratches is help to stop it going rusty , if you don't want a garage to do it then , take the plunge , push out as many dents as possible but removing the wheel arch liner , fill it , smooth it prime and spray it , its all about the finish standard of the prepping into how good the final finish will look , Probably about 30 quid in parts to have a go at it yourself.
You could waste 18 pound on just a Halford's small repair kit.

I filled rust on an Old rover i used to own and had never attempted it before , ok i had to rub it back a couple of times but in the end , with cutting back and polishing , it turned out really well.
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What is a paint stick? (I'm sorry I really dont have a clue about paint)

A friend said they had a scratch the same as me (they could see the whiteness) and used t-cut and it worked. What about t-cut?
Stoney871
I'm afraid all the T-Cut in the world won't make paint reappear.
All it does is remove surface scratches, and none too subtly either.
You'll need a bit of a respray on those scratches i'm afraid.
A friend of mine who does car detailing for a living recommended Brasso and a microfibre cloth for small blemishes and scratches as it's milder and less scratchy than T-Cut.
Brigante
Yes mate gonna have to go with Preee on this one now, those are more than just really bad scratches, those are dents :(
so painting it won't fill it in.

Can try tackling it yourself by pushing the dents out but if your not confident enough I'd try chips away like Clive said but it'll obviously cost more but it'll be done right.

How'd you manage to do that much damage mate? :(
johnS
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Yes mate gonna have to go with Preee on this one now, those are more than just really bad scratches, those are dents :(
so painting it won't fill it in.

Can try tackling it yourself by pushing the dents out but if your not confident enough I'd try chips away like Clive said but it'll obviously cost more but it'll be done right.

How'd you manage to do that much damage mate? :(
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was in a rush and reversed into a parking space but i changed my mind and chose another space and assumed i could just drive out, then the noises came :(
Brigante
Ouch mate! :( really sorry to hear it. I still suppose it could have been worse if that's any consolation :unsure:
johnS
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Ouch mate! :( really sorry to hear it. I still suppose it could have been worse if that's any consolation :unsure:
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NorthSussex
[color=#0000ff][size=5][font=comic sans ms,cursive]Hi John,[/font][/size][/color]

[color=#0000ff][size=5][font=comic sans ms,cursive]You do get into some scrapes if you will excuse the pun, I would try Chips Away as Stoney recommended, it looks too big a job for a first attempt at DIY body repair. Good luck.[/font][/size][/color]
johnS
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[color=#0000ff][size=5][font=comic sans ms,cursive]Hi John,[/font][/size][/color]

[color=#0000ff][size=5][font=comic sans ms,cursive]You do get into some scrapes if you will excuse the pun, I would try Chips Away as Stoney recommended, it looks too big a job for a first attempt at DIY body repair. Good luck.[/font][/size][/color]
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Thanks, anyone any idea on how much it'll cost for a professional to do it?
artscot79
it was around 70 quid a panel
johnS
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it was around 70 quid a panel
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so it'd be about £70?
NorthSussex
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so it'd be about £70?
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[color=#0000ff][size=5][font=comic sans ms,cursive]Looks like X3, door, rear wing, bumper. = £210[/font][/size][/color]
johnS
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[color=#0000ff][size=5][font=comic sans ms,cursive]Looks like X3, door, rear wing, bumper. = £210[/font][/size][/color]
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rear wing mirror?
NorthSussex
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rear wing mirror?
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[color=#0000ff][size=5][font=comic sans ms,cursive]If the mirror is also damaged it may be cheaper to just replace the mirror cover.[/font][/size][/color]
artscot79
matching the paints the hardest part you need an auto paint centre who use colour swabs to match the paint exactly that way its not obvious chips away are ok for small things i wouldnt let them do that these guys are trained in 1week to do what they do i used them twice on the mk1 the job was appaling ended up going to a bodyshop to be sorted
grahamp
I would say you're looking at around £500 at a body shop, all in.


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