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Old 07-17-2002, 08:05 PM   #1
DrEaMaTriX
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Default Detail Shop needed! - Chicagoland area

I got this minor scratch on my WRX and I would like to take it to some detail shop around my area. I live in Park Ridge, just north of Chicago.

The scratch is over a foot long, but it is not deep. It goes from the gas tank cover to the bottom back of the car. I think my dad must have let something slip in the garage.

Would it be too expensive to take it to a detail shop, can I take care of it on my own? It scratches not only the metal of the car but also plastic.

Thanks for your help

- Martin
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Old 07-17-2002, 09:04 PM   #2
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Dont waste money do it yourself. As long as it is not down to the metal you will be fine. Go to a autoparts store get some 2000 grit sandpaper. Get a pan and put a drop of carwash or dishsoap in it. Soak your sandpaper and LIGHTLY sand just the scratch until that area is dull and the scratch is gone. Then get some meguirs or 3m rubbing compound and buff the sanded area until the shine comes back and wax it. Hopefully i helped you out, good luck
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Old 07-19-2002, 11:34 AM   #3
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It's always wise to start with the least abrasive product, and work your way up. IMO, wet sanding should be a last resort, not a place to start.

If the scratch isn't very deep, you could try Meguiar's #9 v2.0 Swirl Mark Remover, or 3M's SMR. If you need something with more strength, here are some other 3M products you can try (listed in order of least-agressive to most-agressive):

3M Perfect-It III Machine Glaze
3M Finesse-It II Finishing Material
3M Perfect-It III Fine-Cut Rubbing Compound

There are equivalent products in the Meguiar's line-up, as well; I'm just not as familiar with them (although I've heard good things about Meg's Scratch-X for the sort of problem you describe).

Also, you might try asking your question over at Autopia (excellent detailing forum) for more advice.

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Old 07-19-2002, 11:53 AM   #4
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yeh, you might wanna start off with some meguires scratchX (you can get it at any target or autoshop) and do about 5-6 applications. if you still cant get the scratch off, you might wanna either continue to apply more scratchX or try some rubbing compound, but take your time and use the least abrasive material possible. afterwards, wax.
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Old 07-19-2002, 01:51 PM   #5
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Default Re: Detail Shop needed! - Chicagoland area

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Originally posted by DrEaMaTriX
I got this minor scratch on my WRX and I would like to take it to some detail shop around my area. I live in Park Ridge, just north of Chicago.

The scratch is over a foot long, but it is not deep. It goes from the gas tank cover to the bottom back of the car. I think my dad must have let something slip in the garage.

Would it be too expensive to take it to a detail shop, can I take care of it on my own? It scratches not only the metal of the car but also plastic.

Thanks for your help

- Martin
Martin, I live in Highland Park and have some Griot's Garage polish and a buffer, that might work if the scratch isn't that deep. Let me know.

Kevin
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