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Old 09-22-2011, 11:27 AM   #1
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Default Shopping cart carnage.... I'm NOT happy.

So, it finally happened. 3 Months with the new car and someone hit my car with what looks like a shopping cart while at Staples today. I come out and find this..... Most of it is pretty smooth so I'm hoping I can get the majority of it out. I've never had to do any type of scratch repair -- any suggestions on trying to get it out?



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Old 09-22-2011, 11:34 AM   #2
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I have found a mild abrasive like M105 followed up with something like Scratch-X or a compound will work miracles. All depends of the depth of scratches though. The dent can probably be PDR'd too.

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Old 09-22-2011, 11:37 AM   #3
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Coming from a Silver 06, these stand out so much more on DGM..... I never had one this bad in the 6+ years I had my 06, though.... The door ding is tiny, more so just a little wave. The scratch itself doesnt seem bad - like I said, its mainly smooth minus where it ends closest to the front wheel.
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Old 09-22-2011, 11:41 AM   #4
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Coming from a Silver 06, these stand out so much more on DGM..... I never had one this bad in the 6+ years I had my 06, though.... The door ding is tiny, more so just a little wave. The scratch itself doesnt seem bad - like I said, its mainly smooth minus where it ends closest to the front wheel.
Never again will I buy a dark colored car much less a black one Every single imperfection glares right at you. If the scratch really seems very superficial you may even be able to get away with a simple compound or polish. Always best to start with the least abrasive methods first.
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Old 09-22-2011, 11:45 AM   #5
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Never again will I buy a dark colored car much less a black one Every single imperfection glares right at you. If the scratch really seems very superficial you may even be able to get away with a simple compound or polish. Always best to start with the least abrasive methods first.
anythign you might recommend that i can readily get local at say autozone or advanced? some of it already came off with a wet fingertip so I'm hoping most of it is just more of a smudge.
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Old 09-22-2011, 12:12 PM   #6
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if you can feel the scratch with your fingernail you will most likely need some type of body work to fix it 100%. other than that prep solve, wash, clay, polish, wax; preferrably with a buffer. Without seeing the damage in person that's the only advice I can offer. Good luck
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Old 09-22-2011, 12:21 PM   #7
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the only place where there is any sort of imperfection is where the scratch ends. it feels like there's a small ridge. the rest of it is perfectly smooth and if i were to close my eyes i wouldnt even be able to tell it was there..

Will a clay generally remove this if there is no deep scratch?
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Old 09-22-2011, 01:01 PM   #8
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Clay is only going to remove the surface contaminants from the paint and I only suggested it if you were to go the polish route. To answer your question, no, the clay will not fix a scratch. If the scratch is only in the clear coat then a polish with a buffer might take care most of it.

However, it looks like it may have left a dent as I look at it closer (again, its hard to tell from just a picture). If you stand at the rear of the car and look down the side you should be able to see if it caused a dent or not.

If you're that anal about it, and believe me I can relate, get it done right. If you're on a budget try some prep solve to remove any rubber/paint transfer, wash, clay, polish/wax and be done with it.

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the only place where there is any sort of imperfection is where the scratch ends. it feels like there's a small ridge. the rest of it is perfectly smooth and if i were to close my eyes i wouldnt even be able to tell it was there..

Will a clay generally remove this if there is no deep scratch?
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Old 09-22-2011, 01:04 PM   #9
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Clay is only going to remove the surface contaminants from the paint and I only suggested it if you were to go the polish route. To answer your question, no, the clay will not fix a scratch. If the scratch is only in the clear coat then a polish with a buffer might take care most of it.

However, it looks like it may have left a dent as I look at it closer (again, its hard to tell from just a picture). If you stand at the rear of the car and look down the side you should be able to see if it caused a dent or not.

If you're that anal about it, and believe me I can relate, get it done right. If you're on a budget try some prep solve to remove any rubber/paint transfer, wash, clay, polish/wax and be done with it.
Thanks. There is definitely a small circular dent (no crease). I am VERY anal about it.. Being a DGM car, it sticks out like a sore thumb.
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Old 09-22-2011, 01:56 PM   #10
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Ok, this is what I'm going to do myself once it starts raining. Tell me if I'm off-base.

Prep.. Wash.... Clay... Meguires Scratch-X.. Mothers Carnauba Cleaner Polish.

When I hit it with some hot water and some wash solution, most of the scratch disappeared until it dried so I'm thinking it's mainly clear damage.
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Old 09-22-2011, 02:17 PM   #11
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I would find out if there are security cameras in the parking lot. I know someone who got a hit and run charge because they bumped their car into another in a walmart parking lot. There were no marks at all, but someone must have waited for the owner to tell them what happened. I dont know if anything can be done about a shopping cart, but its worth a try since you have a 2011.
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Old 09-22-2011, 02:26 PM   #12
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Already asked about the cameras and unfortunately, nothing. Guess something similar happened to a Staples employee a month before, too.
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Old 09-22-2011, 03:05 PM   #13
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Ok.. I just tried to polish it out with no luck. It's definitely a little better but it's a definite scratch. It's a little rough but I can't get a fingernail under it at any point. I'll have to hit it with something a little more abrasive like a compound. Can I do this by hand or is it better to have someone do it with a buffer? I already talked to a PDR guy and he actually offered to fix the small dent for free if I bring it to him in a few weeks once he gets back from NY repairing all the hail damage down there. I thought it was pretty awesome.
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Old 09-22-2011, 07:44 PM   #14
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I work at a body shop and have successfully repaired most scratches similar to this. As long as the scratch is not through the clear coat it can be fixed near 99% you have to wet sand with 1500 first then 2000 or finer if desired. just use your finger and concentrate on scratch. Its better to get most of it out than too far as the buffing process will make the scratch glossy in the "canyon" and hardly visible. Your water should look milky...If you have got colored water you have gone too far. Basically in a cross section you are taking a chiseled canyon and making it a smooth transition like rolling hills. Autozone crap will not buff this very well. You need to use a good fine compound like 3M and a buffer. The perfect-it series is what we use and is awesome stuff. http://3mcollision.com/products/buff...-compound.html

You can then use glaze or good carnuba waxto rid the buffer swirl
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I can sympathize. My car is 11 years old now and every dent, ding, and scrape on it, and there are ALOT by now, happened to it while it was parked in a lot somewhere. You just can't prevent it. I tried all kinds of suction cup and glue on dent pullers with no luck. The dings are just to small to pull out from the outside.
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Old 12-12-2011, 09:59 AM   #16
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Billem, try do it another way...
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