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Old 07-29-2013, 08:44 PM
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Ok, I just got this car and some jerk decides he is going to scratch my beam! It's a fine surface scratch but white and noticeable. I tried running compound with no luck. Please bimmer buds, what should I do?!


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Old 07-30-2013, 08:44 AM
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It's the white scratch above the dirt.


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Old 07-30-2013, 08:57 AM
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Crap. That looks pretty deep. It's really hard to touch up/hide scratches with black. If you know a body shop you can trust, ask their opinion.

I'm sorry other people are so disrespectful.


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Old 07-30-2013, 06:08 PM
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Yea I can feel it. It doesn't feel like it has a groove, it feels like it rests above the paint.


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Yea I can feel it. It doesn't feel like it has a groove, it feels like it rests above the paint.


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It may be able to be cleared up with wet sanding, but most likely if it's that deep, some repaint/blending will be in order.
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Old 07-30-2013, 07:16 PM
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Yea I can feel it. It doesn't feel like it has a groove, it feels like it rests above the paint.
This is JMO, but I wouldn't be surprised at all if a machine polish made it just fine. I used to repeat the mantra of, "if you can feel it with your fingernail", but I realize just about any "moderate" scratch can be felt by by nail (I think, so far in my limited experiences anyway), and sometimes they are removable without wetsanding, painting, etc.

So either you find a reputable detailer willing to give this a shot. Or you do it yourself, and see if you can handle the expenses and learning curve. Sometimes people succeed with OTC products and a cloth, sometimes it takes an expensive machine with the most aggressive of available compounds. It's just impossible to say from the other side of a computer screen.

I've removed scratches that the owner did not think fixable (brush/vegetation), as well as multiple claw scratches on driver door by excited dogs, stuff like that.

Sometimes the scratch cannot be made perfect, but say 90 or 80 or 70% cleared up, which would be hard to detect that low on the car, unless someone was really inspecting the whole car, or you were at a concours d'elegance, you get my drift... When you see pros make decisions to stop at any given "percentage", they are typically using a paint thickness gauge to see how much clear they are removing and/or how close they are getting to the basecoat.

If you don't know how to machine polish, or are inexperienced enough to have to ask these questions on a forum at this point in time, the general advice I see from pros is to stay away from wetsanding. YMMV!
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Ok, I just got this car and some jerk decides he is going to scratch my beam! It's a fine surface scratch but white and noticeable. I tried running compound with no luck. Please bimmer buds, what should I do?!


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I just had a similar experience...about a 10" scratch on my driver's side door (low). I don't have a clue where it came from; I was quite annoyed! I could "feel it" with my finger nail...somewhat deep.

White and "noticeable" as you described. I decided to try "Dr. Colorchip" on it (I've used this since my E46 M3 with good results). The DCC instructions didn't "promise" to cover the scratch...especially if it was only in the clear coat.

I dabbed the paint in the scratch with a brush and "smeared it" as advised...wiping it off with the solvent and cotton cloth about an hour later.

The results were "better than expected" as the scratch was not noticable after "buffing."

The paint had filled in adequately, but will it "stick"? No matter, as I've just had the car inspected for "lease turn in" by a BMW dealer and they didn't notice the scratch at all!
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Awesome! I will give it a shot. Thanks man!


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I ended up taking it to the dealer and they buffed it out for me. Damn good job!


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You were very lucky it was an easy fix. For future reference, if someone does something like this again, it is considered vandalism and your insurance should pick up the costs of repair 100%. At least that is what happened to me on a previous vehicle experience. Check with your agent for sure to verify your policy coverage on vandalism. Ignorant people who do things like this to others, what a shame people in our society these days can't respect other peoples property/valuables.
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