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Old 08-13-2009, 10:30 PM   #1
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Unhappy Tiny scratch on my new car- what to do?

I just picked up my car yesterday, and I noticed a little scratch (almost paint chip-like) on the edge of the door when I took my car home. It's really small, and barely noticeable, but annoying.

And to top it off, I was showing my Grandpa the engine today and when I shut the hood of the car, my key accidentally scratched it. Again, barely noticeable and extremely tiny.

But it's bothering me because I know it's there. Is there any kind of touch up you guys can recommend or anything else? Or should I just leave it?
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Old 08-13-2009, 10:50 PM   #2
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You can get touch up paint from the dealer but if it's so small don't sweat it, you just performed your first customization and now it's truly yours!!
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Old 08-14-2009, 09:56 AM   #3
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Get the touch up paint with a ball point head or small brush applicator from an auto parts store for the ding. The scratch if you can feel it with your fingernail then you can't fix. If it is only a surface blemish you can work it out yourself.
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Old 08-14-2009, 11:36 AM   #4
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Deep scratches you have to fill, sand, paint, buff...etc.

Light scratches you can use a compound and buff it out.

And of course paint pens work as well.
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Old 08-14-2009, 12:35 PM   #5
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touch up paint form parts dept. Touch it up best you can and forget about it.
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Old 08-14-2009, 12:42 PM   #6
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i've been thinking about getting this.

http://www.drcolorchip.com/index.shtml
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Old 08-16-2009, 09:22 AM   #7
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Deep scratches you have to fill, sand, paint, buff...etc.

Light scratches you can use a compound and buff it out.

And of course paint pens work as well.
Compound on clear coat will dull the clear coat!
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Old 08-16-2009, 09:26 AM   #8
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i've been thinking about getting this.

http://www.drcolorchip.com/index.shtml
If you do then try it out on a junker or a spot that is barely visible. I would suggest trying it in side your trunk for example. Some of these are OK but often they will change in appearance shortly after you apply them. It will look good on the day you do it but a month later you can spot it a block away. Good luck.
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Old 08-16-2009, 09:39 AM   #9
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Compound on clear coat will dull the clear coat!
I'm talking about the compounds used by shops to make scratches "disaapear"

I don't know what the compound is...if its a polish or what. I'm assuming its crystaline or something.
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Old 08-20-2009, 06:03 PM   #10
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All compounds are abrasive. Compound is just liquid sandpaper.
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Old 08-20-2009, 08:26 PM   #11
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If you want to remove scratch's, your best bet is using Meguar's M105 Ultra Cut Compound (this is in the Professional line, so it is sold in quarts or gallons only). If you'd rather just go on down to the local Wal Mart or auto parts stores to purchase your supplies, you can probably find Meguiar's G17216 Ultimate Compound, which is similar to M105, but it is dialed in for the consumer-level paint guy. You can apply either product by hand, random orbital, or rotary polisher.

If the finish looks good enough for your needs, you can go right to protecting your paint. If not, use Meguiar's M205 Ultra Finishing Polish. Then your would follow up with Klasse AIO let it cure 24hrs then follow up with 2 coats of Blackfire Wet Diamond Paint sealant for that wetness you been looking for and protection also.
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If you want to remove scratch's, your best bet is using Meguar's M105 Ultra Cut Compound (this is in the Professional line, so it is sold in quarts or gallons only). If you'd rather just go on down to the local Wal Mart or auto parts stores to purchase your supplies, you can probably find Meguiar's G17216 Ultimate Compound, which is similar to M105, but it is dialed in for the consumer-level paint guy. You can apply either product by hand, random orbital, or rotary polisher.

If the finish looks good enough for your needs, you can go right to protecting your paint. If not, use Meguiar's M205 Ultra Finishing Polish. Then your would follow up with Klasse AIO let it cure 24hrs then follow up with 2 coats of Blackfire Wet Diamond Paint sealant for that wetness you been looking for and protection also.
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is any body getting there car,simonized? it covers the paint for 7 years...they can cover the stripes,also..
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is any body getting there car,simonized? it covers the paint for 7 years...they can cover the stripes,also..
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Old 09-30-2009, 08:53 AM   #15
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I just picked up my car yesterday, and I noticed a little scratch (almost paint chip-like) on the edge of the door when I took my car home. It's really small, and barely noticeable, but annoying.

And to top it off, I was showing my Grandpa the engine today and when I shut the hood of the car, my key accidentally scratched it. Again, barely noticeable and extremely tiny.

But it's bothering me because I know it's there. Is there any kind of touch up you guys can recommend or anything else? Or should I just leave it?
What I would do is the following;

- Try a polish/wax, with a mild abrasvie on the door edge blemish as well as the hood. The door edge sounds like something you'll need touchup for. I'd visit the dealer to get the proper touchup.

- Once you've addressed both areas, follow up with a good wax/polish.

You can always go the "Simonize" route as mentioned, but for the money you'll spend, you could have a nice supply of detailing products, which will offer just as good protection, while allowing you to further the protection by adding more coats of wax/polish.

Just my .02

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Old 09-30-2009, 10:41 AM   #16
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I'm about to give a custom mixed touch-up pen a go.

Got it from http://www.automotivetouchup.com

I'm going to try it on my truck first, and if it works well ... I'll use it on the Camaro.

I'll let you know the results in a few days.
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Old 10-02-2009, 02:14 PM   #17
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Route 66 Exotic Coatings scratch and swirl remover will definately get it out if its small and not very deep.. www.rt66wax.com
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