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Old 08-25-2004, 01:12 AM
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I'm So Mad!

Today, a small dog jumped on the side of my 300SE and made some scratches in the paint. What can I do to fix this?

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Warren, it depends how deep the scratches are. If they're not thru to bare metal and simply in the paint try using some polish, either by hand or random orbital buffer. I've had success with Griot's Garage Fine Hand Polish. Follow up with wax.

If the scratches are thru to bare metal it's time for touch-up paint.
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Old 08-25-2004, 10:49 AM
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hi warren, does your car still have oe paint. this type of paint is normally stronger than anything else. hope this small dog does not live too close. some of these critter love to jump. i have to watch some times to head off this type of critter. i park and get out real quick.
if you have comprehensive insurance they may be able to help, and you rates should not go up for this type of problem
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I hate this, same thing happend to my 1 week old Honda a few years ago. I never did get the scratches out (100+lb dog )

Since this is a small dog I have to assume the scratches aren't too deep. Essentially what you need to do is level the paint around the scratches to make them less visible, as Ferdman already suggested I would start with a quality hand polish first and step up to a more agressive product as needed. The Griots is excellent and Meguiars Scratch X might work ok. Otherwise Meguiars Dual Action Cleaner Polish with a Porter Cable works very well followed by a ligther polish.

If you feel it's over your head bring it to a body shop and ask them to buff it out, they shouldn't charge too much for that.
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Old 08-25-2004, 01:52 PM
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Thanks for the suggestions guys.
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Old 08-28-2004, 11:45 PM
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Hi Warren,

Sorry to hear of the scratches. I'm sure it won't come to it, but if you decide to get the door or the enitre car painted, I can recommend an excellent guy in Mt. Airy MD. He just repainted the front end of my E-320 and did an excellent job. Color matches perfectly and was described by my mechanic as "factory spec".
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Buffing clear coat finishes is the best approach so long as the scratch has not penetrated throught to the color coat. However, proceed with caution, these new finishes are only a few thousandths of an inch thick. Unless you are well skilled with a buff you may be better off having a good detail shop do this for you. ROBs are real good for applying oil polishes and waxes and also clay bar cleaning, but their orbital action makes them less suited for real buffing with a cutting polish. That's why good detail shops and body shops use regular buffers.

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Several years ago, I managed an Auto Leasing operation for a bank. I saw a mechanic heat a scratch on a car and then "roll the paint" with his hand. He was able to make a sratch completely dissapear. I wonder if there are others around who know how to do this?

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Old 09-02-2004, 12:31 PM
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Quote:
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I saw a mechanic heat a scratch on a car and then "roll the paint" with his hand.
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Hi Bob,

I've heard that this technique will only work with Single Stage Paint. It will not work with clear coat.

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