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    Bruises and scuffs happen to our cars all the time be it in parking or anywhere else. Sometimes we find our cars having different colored scratches on the painted part generously given by a partner in crime. Like we find a red long scratch on a pure white car, and so on. While deep scratches, which dug in and took out the paint and surface can only be cured by professional help, small dings can be fixed by the process I am about to explain. The following 2 items are needed for doing the procedure. No, it is not going to cost you a bomb and will last for many more applications.

    1. 3M Finesse It Rubbing Compound small pack - Rs.84/-

    2. 3M Liquid Wax bottle - Rs.125/-

    The rubbing compound has minute abrasive/scrubbing agents which will remove the scratch/residue which is on the clear coat(top) layer. There are no step by step procedures as such just use cotton waste or a microfiber cloth to rub over the scratch with the generous amount of rubbing cream applied. Use only light pressure. Repeat steps until the area is clear or at least better than what it was. Next apply the liquid wax to give a protective coating and buff the area again with a microfiber cloth until you get a nice shiny surface.

    Congratulations you have removed scratches yourself. Now, drink a glass of cold beverage and enjoy your day. Cheers.
    Last edited by NikilSJ; 21-03-16, 03:16 PM.
    If "Plan - A" didn't work. The alphabet has 25 more letters! Stay Cool...

  • #2
    While rubbing compound and wax polish can deal with minor scratches on your car, not all scratches can be removed very easily. One of the biggest bug bears for anyone who loves to maintain a shiny car is swirl marks! Swirl marks especially show up in a dark coloured car. How do you deal with swirl marks? Well, here are some pointers. Feel free to suggest more, as it's quite a task really.
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    First, let's look at the types of scratches you can get:
    1. Swirl marks - this affects only the top-coat, the clear coat of the paint, as just a fine layer of scratches.
    2. Deep scratch - this goes into the clear coat, and will usually show as a deep white line.
    3. Very deep scratch - this goes beyond the clear coat and into the base colour of the car. It could be accompanied by a dent too. You can feel this with your finger nail.
    4. Bare metal scratch - this has gone beyond the car paint colour down to the bare metal. The only way to fix this is to repaint the car.

    Here's what the layers of the car's paint looks like:
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    A scratch that affects only the clear coat, such as swirl marks and minor scuffing can be easily taken care of with a good wax polish.
    A scratch that goes into the clear coat, but hasn't gone through the base colour can be repaired using a paint sealant pen or scratch removing pen, along with a good wax coating and/or paint sealant
    A scratch that has gone beyond the base colour into the primer or metal, will require a touch up paint application. This is tricky. Depending on the extent of the scratch it may or may not require sanding.

    Details on how to deal with the various scratches in next post.
    Drink coffee and drive!

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    • #3
      Here's how you deal with the most common type of scratch on your car - Swirl Marks!

      Almost every single car out there is a victim of swirl marks. Swirl marks are micro-fine scratches usually in a circular pattern.
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      Here's what causes swirl marks in the first place:
      1. Wiping your car with a dry cloth - the fine dust particles and grit on the surface of the car act like sand paper and cause these scratches. Never, ever, ever dry wipe the car!
      2. Using dirty water to wash the car - rinsing the cloth in the same bucket which has grit in it.
      3. Incorrect use of a polishing machine on the car's painted surface
      4. Using a car cover on a dusty car - pulling the cover over the car causes scratches on the paint surface.
      5. Not rinsing the car with enough water while washing it.

      How do you get rid of swirl marks? One way is to go to a professional detailer and get the car polished using a buffing machine, glaze and wax polish. Or you could do it at home just as easily.
      What you will need:
      1. A clean car - washed with plenty of water and dried with a microfibre towel
      2. A car polish that has No.7 cleaner - only for stubborn scratches or deep swirl marks (don't use this on the whole car as it actually removes a fine layer of the clear coat).
      3. A good carnuba or paste wax polish
      4. A sponge applicator
      5. Microfibre towels (two of them).

      What to do:
      After cleaning and drying the car thoroughly (more on that in a separate post), work in a dust-free environment. First take the glaze polish or scratch remover and apply it using the a sponge to areas that are badly scratched. Wait for it to dry to a haze and then using a microfibre towel and a gentle back and forth motion, buff the area. Then using a clean sponge applicator, apply wax polish all over the car's painted surfaces - working one panel at a time. Let the polish dry to a haze. It usually takes about 10-15 minutes for this, and then start buffing it using a clean, folded micro-fibre towel. Keep turning the towel frequently and buff the entire car. Do one more pass using another clean micro-fibre towel to bring out the gloss in the vehicle.

      Swirl marks should be effectively hidden if you use a good quality paste wax from companies such as 3M, Meguiars, Turtle Wax, Eagle One or even Motomax. As far as possible avoid spray-on-liquid polishes, except for quick detailing when needed. A good hard wax or cream wax does a better job of protecting the paint than a liquid.
      Drink coffee and drive!

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      • #4
        "A scratch that goes into the clear coat, but hasn't gone through the base color can be repaired using a paint sealant pen or scratch removing pen, along with a good wax coating and/or paint sealant."
        Regarding the Scratch-Remover Pen,Please DO NOT BUY OR USE THEM.It is just a marker with some clear coat paint.the problem is that it only works(masks) hairline scratches.but when you do use it,it leaves a bigger thicker line of clear coat visible like when you get a drop of superglue dried onto something.It looks odd and does nothing like what it is shown in the Product advertisements.BEWARE
        If "Plan - A" didn't work. The alphabet has 25 more letters! Stay Cool...

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        • #5
          Originally posted by JOY MRC View Post

          Regarding the Scratch-Remover Pen,Please DO NOT BUY OR USE THEM.It is just a marker with some clear coat paint.the problem is that it only works(masks) hairline scratches.but when you do use it,it leaves a bigger thicker line of clear coat visible like when you get a drop of superglue dried onto something.It looks odd and does nothing like what it is shown in the Product advertisements.BEWARE
          They are not permanent fixes for a scratch. I've tried these scratch removal pens, and they work for like a couple of weeks. Of course, there is a bit of spill over on the neighbouring areas of paint, so you need to apply it very, very gently. I've even tried paint touch-up pens, but they are messier to work with, as the paint is fairly thick and the repair is quite visible on close inspection.

          There's no fool-proof method really. Folks, any other pointers on scratch removal? Anyone tried anything else?
          Drink coffee and drive!

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          • #6
            Here is one of our super-mod's earlier videos of "how to remove sticker glue from car paint" ? Take a look.



            Video Courtesy: cartoq.com

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Roshun View Post

              First, let's look at the types of scratches you can get:
              1. Swirl marks - this affects only the top-coat, the clear coat of the paint, as just a fine layer of scratches.
              2. Deep scratch - this goes into the clear coat, and will usually show as a deep white line.
              3. Very deep scratch - this goes beyond the clear coat and into the base colour of the car. It could be accompanied by a dent too. You can feel this with your finger nail.
              4. Bare metal scratch - this has gone beyond the car paint colour down to the bare metal. The only way to fix this is to repaint the car.
              I am having Type 4 Scratches on my Car doors.
              I want to repaint my car on my own at home. Please suggest me the process to be followed. I am thinking to buy a Spray Gun. Will it be cost effective? Will I be able to get the finishing like professional car painters? Somebody, Please suggest a good spray gun needed for my purpose.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by tush.desai View Post

                I am having Type 4 Scratches on my Car doors.
                I want to repaint my car on my own at home. Please suggest me the process to be followed. I am thinking to buy a Spray Gun. Will it be cost effective? Will I be able to get the finishing like professional car painters? Somebody, Please suggest a good spray gun needed for my purpose.
                What colour is your car? If it's a popular colour, you will get a touch up paint can from ComPaint or any other brand. Look up Amazon / Snapdeal for these. Once you have the touch-up paint of the colour of your car, you need to go through the following steps. You will need the following items.
                1. Masking tape
                2. Paint thinner (or nail polish remover - believe me it works better than any thinner known to mankind. It can eat down to bare metal with just a dab).
                3. Cotton waste
                4. Emery paper (wet type, of very fine grit)
                5. Soap water solution
                6. Gloves
                7. Rubbing compound or scratch removing paste
                8. Wax polish
                9. Microfibre cloth.
                10. Touch up paint spray can (of the colour of your car)
                11. Clear coat touch up spray (also called lacquer)

                Here are the steps.
                1. First wash and clean the area around the scratch thoroughly with soapy water. Park the car in a dust-free area, away from direct sunlight.
                2. Take the masking tape and cordon off the area to be painted. Use newspaper in all adjoining areas to prevent any spray from accidentally falling on other parts.
                3. Take the emery paper and wrap it around a sponge or cotton waste ball. Gently sand down the area of the scratch, constantly wetting the area so as to cause minimal scratching to adjoining paint areas. You need to work very gently.
                4. Wash and clean once you've managed to sand down the scratch a little (you will see a dull hazy effect on the adjoining paint).
                5. Shake the touch-up paint can thoroughly. Then try a test spray on some other object to see if the spray is coming out evenly. The spray in light even motions over the area. Don't overlap your spray. Wait for about 15 minutes after the first coat and then spray again.
                6. Wipe down the area and then spray one coat of clear coat paint.
                7. Once it has dried, using rubbing compound or scratch remover, buff the painted area nicely to blend the edges with the normal paint.
                8. Apply a thick coat of wax polish and buff it to a shine.

                If you do this right, you will be pleased with the results. DIYs are risky, but totally worth the effort. Do take photos of every stage, so you can share it with us

                EDIT: This video may help. But do spray on a clear coat over the base coat if you want good results.
                Drink coffee and drive!

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                • #9
                  Thank you very much Roshun Ji.

                  Originally posted by Roshun View Post

                  What colour is your car? If it's a popular colour, you will get a touch up paint can from ComPaint or any other brand. Look up Amazon / Snapdeal for these.

                  It is having Silver Colour, Etios Liva Silver.

                  Yesterday, i saw a few links on amazon and other sites. I am providing a couple of those which i found relevant.

                  http://www.amazon.in/Com-Paint-Scrat.../dp/B011OBWUFQ

                  http://www.amazon.in/F1-AEROSOL-SPRA...0030539&sr=1-2

                  I think the first Product, the Com-Paint Kit is perfectly suitable. But in that kit, they are giving only 120 gm of base colour. I have big scratches on doors, & bumper corners. Is the quantity sufficient?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by tush.desai View Post
                    Thank you very much Roshun Ji.

                    It is having Silver Colour, Etios Liva Silver.

                    Yesterday, i saw a few links on amazon and other sites. I am providing a couple of those which i found relevant.

                    http://www.amazon.in/Com-Paint-Scrat.../dp/B011OBWUFQ

                    http://www.amazon.in/F1-AEROSOL-SPRA...0030539&sr=1-2

                    I think the first Product, the Com-Paint Kit is perfectly suitable. But in that kit, they are giving only 120 gm of base colour. I have big scratches on doors, & bumper corners. Is the quantity sufficient?
                    Yes, I think the first kit from Com Paint is the correct one as it has the Toyota type of silver colour. I would recommend you first buy one kit and try it in a small area. If you are satisfied with the results then only order more. A 120 gm can will cover about the area of one door panel.
                    Here's Com-Paint's demo of how to use the kit:

                    (I'm sure you can do a better job than the guy in the demo video )

                    And for minor scratches, you can actually use a paint pen. See this video:
                    Drink coffee and drive!

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                    • #11
                      Thank you Roshun Ji!

                      Originally posted by Roshun View Post

                      (I'm sure you can do a better job than the guy in the demo video )
                      Yes, I am going to try it myself for sure. Just ordered a kit on industrybuying.com. Amazon & AskMeBazar were not giving CoD for my pincode (STRANGE! ), so tried this new online cart for the first time.

                      Once i receive the kit, I will give it a try. I will update the forum about how I perform, good or bad.

                      ​Thanks Again!

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                      • #12
                        I received the kit. I tried it myself.

                        Let us visualise it step by step.

                        Stage 1: This is how the area around door panel looked like.



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                        Stage 2: Once I applied Body Filler, It looked like this:


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                        Stage 3: After Applying Paint


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                        I think I did a fair job considering I did it first time in my life!

                        I have not got 100% finishing, but still, it looks way way better than before. I did a mistake by not applying it on entire door. Had I done that, i could have got 100% finishing.

                        But, No issues! will keep this thing in mind when I do it again in future (may be next year, considering the driving style of bikers of Surat).

                        Thanks Everyone for helping me!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by tush.desai View Post
                          I received the kit. I tried it myself.

                          Let us visualise it step by step.

                          Stage 1: This is how the area around door panel looked like.



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                          Stage 2: Once I applied Body Filler, It looked like this:


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                          Stage 3: After Applying Paint


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                          I think I did a fair job considering I did it first time in my life!

                          I have not got 100% finishing, but still, it looks way way better than before. I did a mistake by not applying it on entire door. Had I done that, i could have got 100% finishing.

                          But, No issues! will keep this thing in mind when I do it again in future (may be next year, considering the driving style of bikers of Surat).

                          Thanks Everyone for helping me!

                          Excellent work my man.You'll be a pro soon with this level of skill
                          If "Plan - A" didn't work. The alphabet has 25 more letters! Stay Cool...

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by tush.desai View Post
                            I received the kit. I tried it myself.

                            I think I did a fair job considering I did it first time in my life!

                            I have not got 100% finishing, but still, it looks way way better than before. I did a mistake by not applying it on entire door. Had I done that, i could have got 100% finishing.

                            But, No issues! will keep this thing in mind when I do it again in future (may be next year, considering the driving style of bikers of Surat).

                            Thanks Everyone for helping me!
                            Wow. That is an awesome job tush.desai . I would think you've done a fabulous job for a first timer and that too on a silver car (matching colours is difficult even for professionals). Now that you have managed to do it, I'm sure many more of us will be encouraged to do it . To even out the paint shade, trying doing a quick buff with rubbing compound and then nicely wax polish it once more and see.
                            Drink coffee and drive!

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                            • #15
                              Thanks for encouragement, Experts!
                              Roshun , I will try it and see what happens.

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