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Old 11-10-2001, 09:37 PM   #1
TheWRX
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I did find some information about this doing a search, but nothing very conclusive: I have a couple of very thin scratches on my car, they're not even very well visible, but it looks like they're quite deep and go through the paint. Is it possible to fix these reasonably well without going for the full body shop repainting? I remember seeing TV commercials for scratch removers, and some products that I assume are available at car parts stores were mentioned in other threads. Would anything like this work for my situation? Any particular products that are recommended, or that I should avoid? Do I need touch up paint?

On a related note, I also have a very small door ding. It looks like a good case for one of these paintless dent removal places. There's a Dent Wizard close by, are they normally good? Other places I should look at or avoid?

In case somebody wonders: These are not the result of reckless WRX driving. I got the scratches while having the car parked at the airport. Neither the insurance of the parking place nor the one of my employer (it was a business trip) want to pay, so it has to come out of my pocket. Professional repair (repainting the rear door and quarter panel) is $400, less than my insurance deductible. The door ding is most likely from my tennis parter who parked her car next to mine a few days later. It wasn't a good week!
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Old 11-11-2001, 12:43 PM   #2
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The stuff you see in commercials are just for surface scratches. I use Meguiars ScratchX, and really swear by that stuff. However, if its deep (i got scratched just last week) it wont do jack, except clean the paint around the scratch =P. I might try some touch up paint.
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Old 11-11-2001, 05:15 PM   #3
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Try mothers scrath remover!! i had like ten scratches on my passneger door . this took it right out!! I really like this stuff!
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Old 11-11-2001, 09:15 PM   #4
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Products like Mothers, Meguiars, etc., scratch removers are only meant to fix surface scratches, not scratches that go through the color coat of the paint.
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Old 11-12-2001, 11:46 AM   #5
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Old 01-14-2002, 10:35 AM   #6
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Thumbs up Scratch-X

After ignoring my scratches for a couple of months, I finally got around trying to apply the advice I got there. I bought Meguiars Scratch-X (around $6-7), and applied it to my scratches:
  • The relatively faint scratch on the rear fender is almost gone, I don't think that anybody would notice it without inspecting the area very carefully.
  • The largest scratch was on the rear door, and it is still clearly visible when looking at it from a certain angle, but I think that it's much less pronounced than before. It's probably too deep to be completely removed by a product like Scratch-X, but maybe I can smooth it out a little more by repeated applications.
  • There was a new scratch on the front fender that I hadn't noticed before, it was short but looked nasty. The stuff took it out like magic, it's completely gone.
All in all, I was very pleased with the results, and would recommend the product to anybody for repairing surface scratches. I will probably live with the slight imperfections that remain, and spend the $400 that the body shop wanted for a professional repair for something else.

Thanks for all the help!
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