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Old 04-30-2013, 03:34 PM   #1
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Question What is the "maximum" scratch you can fix with polishing?

The dealer where I bought my car "washed" with brushes to keep the cars "clean". Because of this I have a few scratches in my hood that are deeper than the "spider web" scratches I'd be comfortable polishing out myself.

What is the safe scratch limit for a novice to polish away?

Any photo samples of the "limit" would be appreciated.

Besides a repaint, are there any options in between polishing and a repaint?

I'm thinking a body shop's stock answer will be "repaint".
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Old 04-30-2013, 03:38 PM   #2
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Depending on how deep they are, you could try wetsanding. If I were you, I'd try getting some meguires m101 and try polishing it out. If m101 can't get it, then you could try wetsanding or a repaint.
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Old 04-30-2013, 03:47 PM   #3
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Here's my best pictures showing what I have been able to take out:

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Old 04-30-2013, 04:14 PM   #4
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Not an exact science, but the general rule of thumb is if you drag your fingernail gently across the scratch and it catches, you might have a scratch thats going to require a little more than polishing.

If you can't feel it or your nail doesn't catch its likely going to be pretty easy to polish out.
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Old 04-30-2013, 07:30 PM   #5
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Old 05-02-2013, 08:11 PM   #6
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The few times I have been back to my dealer its HANDS OFF in regards to washing.....
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Old 05-03-2013, 12:45 AM   #7
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Unless they were using a soapy rake to wash your car with, I would think you could polish brush marks away.
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