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Old 01-27-2014, 07:21 AM
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Scratch! Grrr.

It looks like the guys who plow my driveway may have brushed up against my car with one of their shovels and there is a light scratch about 2' long that spans the driver front and rear doors, about 8" up. There is no damage to the actual panels (i.e., indentations, etc.), but it certainly sticks out on a black car. Not sure this is one I can easily fix with the various scratch repair kits.

It may be something a detailer can work out, but I'm taking a 'hope for the best, but prepare for the worst mentality'. Assuming that this may require paint work, how much can I expect to spend?
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Old 01-27-2014, 11:44 AM
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Old 01-27-2014, 12:14 PM
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I actually have a scratch repair kit, but worried that this one is too big. It's almost 2 feet long.
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Old 01-27-2014, 01:06 PM
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Old 01-27-2014, 01:07 PM
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sorry I see you were in the Drive way
have you brought it to the attention of the Plow guys?
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Old 01-27-2014, 01:07 PM
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Does it catch your fingernail?
Yes: Go see a body shop. Things can go south very quickly with a DIY
No: It might "scratch-x" (or other product) out. It will buff out, but it is best done by a good body shop with a rotary polisher and a selection of polishes/pads
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Old 01-27-2014, 02:23 PM
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Does it catch your fingernail?
Yes: Go see a body shop. Things can go south very quickly with a DIY
No: It might "scratch-x" (or other product) out. It will buff out, but it is best done by a good body shop with a rotary polisher and a selection of polishes/pads
I believe I'm going down the 'yes' track here. The car is a lease and it goes back later this year. No way this goes unnoticed by the inspector. I will have a local shop take a look once winter is over.
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Old 01-27-2014, 09:01 PM
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I know it is a well known rule of thumb that if your fingernail catches, it's probably time for a repaint, but I've removed or almost completely removed scratches that long, which could subtly catch my nail. Other times, no it was just too deep. I didn't use a rotary, but a stronger DA, aggressive pads (probably MF), and strong compound. However, because I have a paint thickness gauge, I don't have the fear of unknowingly burning through too much clearcoat. The last one was a Jet Black BMW, I actually got sweaty working just the single long scratch, and I removed very little clear.

I would definitely see if it can polished out first. Another negative with repaints is that anyone who detects a repaint with a PTG (extremely thick reading) will usually assume it was in an accident, just FYI.

Perhaps look up the most reputable detailers in your area, they will or should have a PTG. Ask for a quote on only this one scratch. It shouldn't be too bad at all, the price I mean, and certainly less than any paint job even a bad one. Of course, they may just say sorry, too risky, or no that's too deep... maybe they have enough experience to know. Some detailers are more "careful" than others, such as no engine bay details for any car that is X years old, etc. But anyway, like I said, I've taken a couple fingernail catching scratches out before. Sorry, and good luck...
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Old 01-28-2014, 03:14 PM
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I know it is a well known rule of thumb that if your fingernail catches, it's probably time for a repaint, but I've removed or almost completely removed scratches that long, which could subtly catch my nail. Other times, no it was just too deep. I didn't use a rotary, but a stronger DA, aggressive pads (probably MF), and strong compound. However, because I have a paint thickness gauge, I don't have the fear of unknowingly burning through too much clearcoat. The last one was a Jet Black BMW, I actually got sweaty working just the single long scratch, and I removed very little clear.

I would definitely see if it can polished out first. Another negative with repaints is that anyone who detects a repaint with a PTG (extremely thick reading) will usually assume it was in an accident, just FYI.

Perhaps look up the most reputable detailers in your area, they will or should have a PTG. Ask for a quote on only this one scratch. It shouldn't be too bad at all, the price I mean, and certainly less than any paint job even a bad one. Of course, they may just say sorry, too risky, or no that's too deep... maybe they have enough experience to know. Some detailers are more "careful" than others, such as no engine bay details for any car that is X years old, etc. But anyway, like I said, I've taken a couple fingernail catching scratches out before. Sorry, and good luck...
No engine details....hmmm...just because of possible corrosion on tubes/seals?
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It looks like the guys who plow my driveway may have brushed up against my car with one of their shovels and there is a light scratch about 2' long that spans the driver front and rear doors, about 8" up. There is no damage to the actual panels (i.e., indentations, etc.), but it certainly sticks out on a black car. Not sure this is one I can easily fix with the various scratch repair kits.

It may be something a detailer can work out, but I'm taking a 'hope for the best, but prepare for the worst mentality'. Assuming that this may require paint work, how much can I expect to spend?
You say that it's a "light" scratch. Difficult to judge...but I had a similar 12" scratch on my black E90 lease car (driver's side)...have no idea where it came from (I was so annoyed).

I was facing lease turn-in in several months.

I'm a firm believer in Dr. Colorchip having used it for years going back to my M3 (tracking the car and getting many "chips").

I ordered the DCC for my E90 paint code and applied it to my large scratch following the Dr's instructions precisely. It worked quite well in making the scratch disappear and when I turned the car in for lease inspection it wasn't noticed (thank goodness).

Might be worth a try.
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Boys, be warned! 'Cause of stuff like THIS, the cost of scratch repair is going up!
  • As an employer, does this mean I have to supply skin-tight elastomers to my employees?
  • Can you imagine free beverage lounge offerings changing at BMW dealers?
  • Is this the end of men's room vending machines?
Makes my head spin. OP, I'm sorry....this is a very worrisome development!
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Old 01-29-2014, 05:37 AM
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Boys, be warned! 'Cause of stuff like THIS, the cost of scratch repair is going up!
  • As an employer, does this mean I have to supply skin-tight elastomers to my employees?
  • Can you imagine free beverage lounge offerings changing at BMW dealers?
  • Is this the end of men's room vending machines?
Makes my head spin. OP, I'm sorry....this is a very worrisome development!
You need to make a PSA that all scratches be fixed ASAP.
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Old 01-29-2014, 06:55 AM
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I was finally able to actually wash the car and get all the salt off. The scratch doesn't look as bad, but certainly still an issue. Probably not going to tackle this one myself, but hoping that a detailer can work some magic and make it disappear. Or at least enough to have the inspector miss it!
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