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Old 09-26-2013, 12:36 PM   #1
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scratch repair

My mother in laws dog jumped up onto my new truck that I have had for 5 days, and scratched the shit out of the black paint.

Has anyone used those store bought kits/compounds for removing small surface scratches? How well did they work?

I want to get this looking better, but I also don't care enough that I want to spend a ton of money or time redoing the paint over some scratches to a used car that is my daily driver and bound to gather more scratches.

Just looking for some input on products that people recommend getting or staying away from, or other processes that have worked for you.
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I have one at my house that you just kinda rub over the scratches and then you can rub it off. I will look what brand later. I did a dark blue F250, and a buddies white avalanche with the respective colors. I couldn't tell even though I knew exactly where the scratches had been. So there are some pretty sweet ones out there...
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Use a good quality rubbing compound and polish. Maybe even high grit sand paper. The 'paint pens' don't work. It just globs paint over it and makes a bubble
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How bad is it? Can you take a picture? I'd venture that you could fix it with compound/polish.
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Went out to look again and snap a picture... worse than I thought from the glance I took in the dark this morning before work. Ugh. I imagine the small marks will come out with some compound but the deeper ones are just going to have to be taken to a body shop, or left alone and protected with wax, right?



Nevermind the dust from the farms gravel driveway (WHY did I get black!?), and the hilarious distorted reflection that makes my upper body look huge and legs hilariously tiny.
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The ones that look white may never come out. Some of those are DEEP scratches.
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Go to the nearest FRANCHISE car dealership. Ask to speak to the USED CAR MANAGER. When you get THE USED CAR MANAGER (and not a poser sales rep) ask him/her who they use to do the touch up work for their lot and how to contact him. We have a guy that comes to our dealership every tuesday. He uses very fine artist brushes and color matched paint to repair stuff just like that. He can likely fix that damage for less than $100.
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I have a black truck and got a few scratches, none if which went through the paint. I tried Scratch Doctor in the orange bottle and it was a complete waste of time and money. It didn't do anything. That stuff sucks, don't waste your money on it.
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Prima Cut, orange pad, and patience.
I can't see the picture here, so not sure how bad they are. But fresh scratches sometimes can be filled in if worked quickly.
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I'm hoping they look worse than they actually are. I did the "fingernail test" and you can feel them but my nail doesn't get hung up on them. Cleaning the panel a little bit made them look a little better too.

I plan on putting in some time on these tonight when I get home from work. I'll take more pictures and post on my progress. My plan is to very thoroughly clean the panel, work some rubbing compound, clean, work some polishing compound, clean, polish & wax.
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