Making a scratch look better

Making a scratch look better

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Mr lestat

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2,356 posts

138 months

Monday 18th November
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Somebody has kindly scraped the car in a car park at some point in the last week or so. Has anybody had any joy using these touchup crayons and colour wax. I do have a touchup pen but it’s rather more than a touchup pen requirement. It really needs doing properly but for the moment I’m just trying to make it look slightly better so any pointers are welcome. Just to clarify I’m not trying to repair it just make it look slightly better than it is now until its sorted. Colour wax or a colour crayon and then wax?

V6Alfisti

2,647 posts

175 months

Monday 18th November
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A picture would help...

Mr lestat

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2,356 posts

138 months

Monday 18th November
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Mr lestat

Original Poster:

2,356 posts

138 months

Monday 18th November
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I’m only trying to make it look a little bit better

NorthDave

1,682 posts

180 months

Monday 18th November
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I'm really interested in any replies you get as my car is covered in scratches. An old car was prepped by a garage on sale or return for me and they managed to remove a key scratch by polishing it (I think).

I've been considering buying a polishing machine from Amazon and some polish and having a go.

Weekendrebuild

625 posts

11 months

Monday 18th November
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Compound wouldn’t even touch that ! That’s a paint job I’m afraid .

Mr lestat

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2,356 posts

138 months

Monday 18th November
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Weekendrebuild said:
Compound wouldn’t even touch that ! That’s a paint job I’m afraid .
Wouldn’t the colour crayons type things do anything within some colour polish over the top?

_Hoppers

237 posts

13 months

Monday 18th November
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You could try Chipex

Weekendrebuild

625 posts

11 months

Monday 18th November
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Not really my brother is a painter . There what I would call gouges not scratches anything you can feel with your nail requires a degree of sanding , you have 0 paint left laugh

an what look like creases in the body.

InitialDave

5,933 posts

67 months

Monday 18th November
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Touching in the scratches with colour matched paint will make it look "better", but that's never going to look decent without some work.

Mr lestat

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2,356 posts

138 months

Monday 18th November
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I know it needs doing properly. It’s a temp measure so it doesn’t look too bad till it gets sorted properly

Demelitia

94 posts

4 months

Monday 18th November
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Keep in mind, anything you put on there that’s any kind of permanent will have to be removed by whoever eventually sorts it for you properly.
They might charge you extra for the hassle.

Is it a front wing? If so, it might be worth just trying to get one from a breakers or off eBay and get a garage to fit it for you.

ATG

16,253 posts

220 months

Tuesday 19th November
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Removing the crayon stuff the OP has mentioned should be easy. Might as well give it a go. It's not going to do any harm and might improve it.

Somewhat off topic, but I was amazed how effectively a modest dab of lip balm "repaired" some light scratches.

Mr lestat

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2,356 posts

138 months

Tuesday 19th November
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It’s passenger side back wing on a mini

budgie smuggler

3,911 posts

107 months

Tuesday 19th November
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ATG said:
Removing the crayon stuff the OP has mentioned should be easy. Might as well give it a go. It's not going to do any harm and might improve it.

Somewhat off topic, but I was amazed how effectively a modest dab of lip balm "repaired" some light scratches.
Yep, panel wipe removes it in seconds.

On an old car I had, I used the Turtlewax 'lipstick' to fill in a scratch and it lasted a month or two. Did the job.

Peanut Gallery

1,582 posts

58 months

Tuesday 19th November
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On my old car some joyous, highly intellectual, wonderful person got a deep key scratch - front wing, front door, back door, rear wing. Down to the metal.

Trip to Halfords, bottle of paint made up, and either a very very small paint brush or the tip of a cocktail stick / toothpick and I slowly filled it up, gently sanding back with a small fine wet sanding block. Scratch was still visible, but was now only visible if you knew where to look as opposed to shouting from across the road.