Cleaning Car with Scouring Sponge = Sctatches

Cleaning Car with Scouring Sponge = Sctatches

Author
Discussion

lordbluf

Original Poster:

381 posts

124 months

Sunday 13th September 2009
quotequote all


Went to clean of some hard to remove bugs from the bonnet on Friday night with one of these green top sponges - looked great at 8pm as the sun had gone down- only to find a shed load of scratches (the green top was obviously not wet enough) on the bonnet (and around the front number plate) - help! The other parts of the car look ok, as I think the sponge had softened in the water by then

Any idea what can be done? Can detailing or any other type of service get the scratches out? Any idea how mush a respray will cost?
Total nightmare.
Thanks,

Twerlie

1,675 posts

214 months

Sunday 13th September 2009
quotequote all
oops!

I did that once a long time ago and learnt my lesson. A good session with the old T-Cut got it looking good again!

Good luck with it.

Dr G

13,804 posts

189 months

Sunday 13th September 2009
quotequote all
Before you start trying cutting products to get the scratches out have a pro look at how much damage has been done to the paint already - depends how hard you scrubbed I guess.

Bug/tar remover in future please wink

propaganda

407 posts

194 months

Sunday 13th September 2009
quotequote all
It is amazing what can be done with paint correction on scratches. I agree with the previous poster get a pro to look at it, will probably cost a lot less than than a respray. BTW aren't those sponge things for your dishes rather than your car?

Murph7355

23,364 posts

203 months

Sunday 13th September 2009
quotequote all
And there's me thinking my girlfriend was the only mongo who would ever think this was a good idea!

Well done chaps for undermining my argument with the other half. Hopefully she'll never read this!

paddy328

2,709 posts

132 months

Sunday 13th September 2009
quotequote all
Ouch, that is not good. A pro detailer like myself or someone close to you should be able to sort your problem out for you.

Ive seen it before on a nissan and its not a pretty sight.

justin220

4,213 posts

151 months

Sunday 13th September 2009
quotequote all
I seriously can't believe you have used that on your car.. I wouldn't use the yellow side, never mind the green!

A good machine polish will sort it out hopefully.

paddy328

2,709 posts

132 months

Sunday 13th September 2009
quotequote all
Ive just the read the post again and it doesnt matter how wet the sponge was, it will always do damage. If this is true and not a wind up, then did you wash the rest of the car with it?

At least if it is true, its not on a black supercar, oh wait!

lordbluf

Original Poster:

381 posts

124 months

Sunday 13th September 2009
quotequote all
Hi,

all is not lost....

I went out and brought 4 products:
-Meguiar Sratch 2.0
-Polish applicator pad
-Black Turtle Wax
-Polishing cloth

Just spent the past 3 hours buffing the bonnet and whilst I was sceptical when i brought all of this - it has actually worked! I had to apply the meguiar liquid and bluff 3 or 4 times on some of the areas- but all scratches with the exception of one have now disappeared. Not sure how it works, because the meguiar stuff is white (any ideas?) - but it did...big sign of relief

I used the sponge side on the rest of the car because it was not ridden with dead bugs - are you saying you should not even use a sponge?? How can a sponge scratch it?

I will also be calling up a local detailer to do the whole car - lesson learnt....teacher

wargriff

1,807 posts

149 months

Sunday 13th September 2009
quotequote all
Did the same on my girlfriends car a long time ago. I had to use a light cutting compound and a lot of elbow grease to sort the problem. In fact im still working off the mistake...she does not forgive easily.
The only good thing with my fk up was it was not a very expensive black supercar. (looks gorgeous by the way)

Marc

yammyfan

2,787 posts

135 months

Sunday 13th September 2009
quotequote all
Seriously....why would you use a scouring pad on your Lamborghini??!?!?!

Odhran

530 posts

130 months

Sunday 13th September 2009
quotequote all
x2! I would be weary that the products you have used might only mask it and the scratches may reappear.. paint correction may be the only answer

lordbluf

Original Poster:

381 posts

124 months

Sunday 13th September 2009
quotequote all
yammyfan said:
Seriously....why would you use a scouring pad on your Lamborghini??!?!?!
A fair point.

I had 4 glasses of wine in me- it was getting late, i thought as long as its not a metal scourer what harm can be done.

grumbledoak

24,710 posts

180 months

Sunday 13th September 2009
quotequote all


Dude, those sponges are intended to take baked on grease off steel pans, and they scratch them to buggery, too!

Get a professional to have a look at her.

Thou

92 posts

137 months

Sunday 13th September 2009
quotequote all
I can see this becoming a classic thread...

will smith

77 posts

137 months

Sunday 13th September 2009
quotequote all
dont take it the wrong way but i cant understand why people still use sponges let alone scouring pads

paddy 328 sorted my minor cobwebs out, sure he can sort you damage out if you give him chance

will

LewisTintin

242 posts

185 months

Sunday 13th September 2009
quotequote all
I did this on my cayman. I was lucky, I only took off a laquer layer on the car. A body shop was able to reapply the laquer, at pretty much no cost, took them an hour or so, and all gone. I tried wax's and a machine to wax them out, but nothing came of it.
Just to be clear, it didn't need a respray, its just a top coat, laquer type layer. My vehicle basically lost the shine to it, and went a bit dull. Bit embarassing in hindsight....

paddy328

2,709 posts

132 months

Sunday 13th September 2009
quotequote all
dont take it the wrong way but i cant understand why people still use sponges let alone scouring pads

paddy 328 sorted my minor cobwebs out, sure he can sort you damage out if you give him chance

will

Minor cobwebs mate? It took us 20+ hours to detail your car lol. The great thing about lambo paint is that it can be as hard as nails and even though the defects in will's murci were not that bad, it took alot of effort to remove them.

ribenavrs

551 posts

143 months

Sunday 13th September 2009
quotequote all
paddy328 said:
Minor cobwebs mate? It took us 20+ hours to detail your car lol.
smashrofl

That made me laugh

limpsfield

4,856 posts

200 months

Sunday 13th September 2009
quotequote all
it is a common problem this weekend it seems, but with a Micra

http://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?h=0&a...

"On closer inspection the whole thing has been rubbed down with a brillo pad"