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Old 04-27-2016, 11:28 AM
TinoGrigio TinoGrigio is offline
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Suggestion for scratch/scuff on paint.

So I just bought a brand new estoril blue 435i and am unsure which way to go about removing this scratch/scuff. I'm only askin as it is a new car and I don't want to go a route that will wear out the clear coat if it isn't that bad of a scratch. I'm now sure how it got there but was wondering if I just need to go to a detailed and have them buff it out or do I need to go to a paint corrections person? Here are 2 pictures of the scratch/scuff.

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Old 04-27-2016, 12:17 PM
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Hard to get a perspective of size but here goes. I would start with purchasing a bottle of Meguiars 205. Try that by hand using a good quality applicator or microfiber cloth. By hand it may take a while but you should see some improvement after each application. If the 205 isn't strong enough get some Meguiar's 105, which should take care of it. If you have to go to the 105 just follow it up with 205.
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Old 04-27-2016, 02:52 PM
Johnz3mc Johnz3mc is offline
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Something else to try would be a tube of Meguiar's ScratchX 2.0. Available at Walmart and all car shops I'm guessing.

Put a dab onto the tip of a cotton towel and work it with pressure for 60 seconds or so. Stop, have a look at any progress and repeat as necessary.

The 205/105 crazy4trains mentions will work like a champ also, but the ScratchX will be a cheaper, quicker alternative and it's handy to have a tube of that around anyways.
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Old 04-27-2016, 03:12 PM
TinoGrigio TinoGrigio is offline
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Does it look like deep or just light surface scratch? Just want to make sure I'm okay lol. Just want to do the least damaging method to the clear coat.
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Old 04-27-2016, 09:24 PM
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The general rule is that if you cant catch the scratch with your fingernail it can be buffed out. I like the suggestion of Meguiars 205. I have never tried Scratch X.

I would use Menzerna but that is a much more expensive option. I have also used Quixx paint scratch remover which is a much cheaper option.

While I usually agree 100% with John, I would recommend against just putting polish or compound on the tip of a cotton towel and rubbing it in. In my view, Cotton is not the right material to apply compounds - on the tip of a towel you risk to much pressure, swirling in a very small area and dulling the paint. In fact I think just rubbing the the cotton towel with pressure will dull the paint. Being in a hurry to do something quick I have done that myself on more than one occasion.

If you want to do it right make sure you take the time to get a small foam applicator pad. You can actually get foam pads that are specifically designed for the hand application of paint compounds such as 205. Sure you could use a cotton towel but I think you would get better results with a foam applicator.

Brand new car - spend the dough on 205. It really is not that expensive and as John said about the Scratch X, it is handy to have around.
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