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Old 08-23-2013, 02:08 AM   #1
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Default How do you DIY fix these deep scratches/scrape along side of car? (w/ Pics)

Got distracted and got these deep scratches on my paint from the concrete pole in a tight parking spot....










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Old 08-23-2013, 09:16 AM   #2
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repaint only way fixing that..I would bet it removed all the paint down to the bare metal hitting something like concrete
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Old 08-23-2013, 12:25 PM   #3
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I don't think there's enough pictures.
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Old 08-23-2013, 12:43 PM   #4
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Pics are a bit blurry.

Those look pretty deep unfortunately. I also think a bodyshop will have to do some paintwork to correct that.

If the scratch is deep enough to catch your nail it won't buff entirely out. You've got some pretty good scratches in there and the door edge is all chewed up. Touch up paint will make it look better (have it professionally done) but the damage will still be obvious, especially in certain light.
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Old 08-23-2013, 12:55 PM   #5
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Looks like you need a shop to help you out. But to answer your question I've had luck fixing deep scratches that didn't make it to the metal by applying touch up paint to the scratch, waxing over it, then using a clay bar to smooth out the applied touch up paint. Can only tell the scratch was there if you get right up to where the scratch was and angle your head just right. P.s. make sure to wax before you use clay bar, don't want to be rubbing the clear coat off your car
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Old 08-23-2013, 02:36 PM   #6
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Personally, I always like to use a compound/polish on scrapes like that to help determine what areas will truly need to be repaired/touched up. In some cases, simply "buffing" what appears to be a bad abrasion can sometimes provide a result that you may find you can live with.

Having said that, I agree with the others that the damage appears quite deep. Try the polish though. Some of the white that you see may be mostly transfer and you really have nothing to lose (its cheap). ....reassess and then figure out what you want to do.
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Old 08-23-2013, 02:45 PM   #7
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Looks like you need a shop to help you out. But to answer your question I've had luck fixing deep scratches that didn't make it to the metal by applying touch up paint to the scratch, waxing over it, then using a clay bar to smooth out the applied touch up paint. Can only tell the scratch was there if you get right up to where the scratch was and angle your head just right. P.s. make sure to wax before you use clay bar, don't want to be rubbing the clear coat off your car
You don't need to wax prior to using a clay bar. In fact, it will likely remove it in the process ...and it will not perform well in the scenario you outlined.

Its not meant to be used like sandpaper. Its sole purpose is to help remove above-surface contamination. You use it in conjunction with a lubricant which helps the clay glide across the finish. The lubricant serves a dual purpose since it also helps mitigate the risk of marring of the finish as you make your passes.
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Old 08-23-2013, 10:21 PM   #8
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You can get that white transfer off with a rubbing compound or polish. You can also use a body solvent / general purpose adhesive remover.
After the transfer is gone, you will most likely have finger nail deep scratches which would need to be filled (painted).
If you're lucky, it's just the transfer and the surface will be flat / smooth.
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Old 08-24-2013, 12:25 AM   #9
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Those not gonna buff out.
Gonna need to be feather edged, primered, blocked and repaint.
Add more work/money to it if the panels have been dented.
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Old 08-25-2013, 05:46 AM   #10
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Pics are a bit blurry.

Those look pretty deep unfortunately. I also think a bodyshop will have to do some paintwork to correct that.

If the scratch is deep enough to catch your nail it won't buff entirely out. You've got some pretty good scratches in there and the door edge is all chewed up. Touch up paint will make it look better (have it professionally done) but the damage will still be obvious, especially in certain light.
I can live with the touch-up paint as long as the scratches are not obvious...but it's all the way down to the metal, I can see and feel the metal. What touch-up paint do you recommend for subaru's paint? My color code is 61K.
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Old 08-25-2013, 05:49 AM   #11
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Looks like you need a shop to help you out. But to answer your question I've had luck fixing deep scratches that didn't make it to the metal by applying touch up paint to the scratch, waxing over it, then using a clay bar to smooth out the applied touch up paint. Can only tell the scratch was there if you get right up to where the scratch was and angle your head just right. P.s. make sure to wax before you use clay bar, don't want to be rubbing the clear coat off your car
Mine made it to the metal though but I will try the touch-up paint solution. So first I wash the area, apply touch up paint, wax, and then clay bar.

What brands or products do you recommend?
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Old 08-25-2013, 05:52 AM   #12
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Personally, I always like to use a compound/polish on scrapes like that to help determine what areas will truly need to be repaired/touched up. In some cases, simply "buffing" what appears to be a bad abrasion can sometimes provide a result that you may find you can live with.

Having said that, I agree with the others that the damage appears quite deep. Try the polish though. Some of the white that you see may be mostly transfer and you really have nothing to lose (its cheap). ....reassess and then figure out what you want to do.
Is compound or polish the same thing? So I use a compound/polish to buffer the white lines out? How do I buff it? By hand with a towel or do i have to use those spinning machines? I have heard of the DA system are those good?

I have researched and some said to use wet sanding method, I don't want damage my car's paint more than it already is...as I am a beginner and don't know how to fix it up after wet sanding...
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Old 08-25-2013, 05:55 AM   #13
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You don't need to wax prior to using a clay bar. In fact, it will likely remove it in the process ...and it will not perform well in the scenario you outlined.

Its not meant to be used like sandpaper. Its sole purpose is to help remove above-surface contamination. You use it in conjunction with a lubricant which helps the clay glide across the finish. The lubricant serves a dual purpose since it also helps mitigate the risk of marring of the finish as you make your passes.
Okay, so first I clean the area, use a clay bar to remove the white lines, and then use touch up paint? What about waxing? Do I wax it after the touch up paint is dry?

Speaking of sandpaper...I have researched and found many uses wet sanding method, what is your opinion on that?
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Old 08-25-2013, 05:57 AM   #14
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You can get that white transfer off with a rubbing compound or polish. You can also use a body solvent / general purpose adhesive remover.
After the transfer is gone, you will most likely have finger nail deep scratches which would need to be filled (painted).
If you're lucky, it's just the transfer and the surface will be flat / smooth.
What kind of compound or polish do you recommend for Subaru's paint? or body solvent?

For paint, do you know any good stuff for subie's paint? My color code is 61k.
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Old 09-04-2013, 05:00 PM   #15
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A touch up paint won't cover deep scratch like those. It looks like it's all the way down to the primer. You can get a bottle of Meguiars Ultimate Compound (less than $10) and see if u can remove any light scratch. If you want to fix that to be like new, you might need to bring it to the paint shop.
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Old 09-05-2013, 09:25 AM   #16
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Take it to a bodyshop. Don't waste your time or money trying to do it yourself.
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