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Old 08-29-2014, 06:01 PM   #1
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My mustang got a scratch :( how to fix?(pic)

Man i am so bummed

On my drivers side door there is a 3-4 inch! scratch

Anybody had to fix a scratch before...Will turtle wax work or do i have to go to a paint shop and spend a few hundred bucks to fix it?

if i run my finger nail across it it goes in so its definitely deep in there , i cant just wipe it off.

Any ideas guys ?? It seriously seems like some ahole keyed it




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I think polish then wax (using buffer) should fix it. I also saw a video of a deep scratch and they have to use rubbing compound to fix it.
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You'll probably need a high speed rotary to get this off.
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If your nail catches, it ain't buffing out. You can try wet sanding, but depending on how deep it is, that won't work either.

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I picked up a DA for $60 at a local Harbor Frieght. I use mequiars ultimate compound. Basically impossible to screw up. I've had a lot of success taking care of this type of scratch. May not fix them completely but hides them very well!!!

I would start with a DA. Very easy to use!
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A DA is a good tool, I have one of these as well. This scratch looks pretty bad. It's going to take at least a medium compound to even get close to removing it.
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If your going to try the buffing route, use polishing compound first. If that doesn't work, then try rubbing compound.

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Based just on the photo, that looks pretty deep. I don't think you'll be able to buff it out. Go and try to snag the edge of the scratch with your finger nail. If you can feel it, then your best bet would be to consult a professional.


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Based just on the photo, that looks pretty deep. I don't think you'll be able to buff it out. Go and try to snag the edge of the scratch with your finger nail. If you can feel it, then your best bet would be to consult a professional.


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Unfortunately, I would have to agree. It looks like it went all the way through the paint down to the primer.


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Based just on the photo, that looks pretty deep. I don't think you'll be able to buff it out. Go and try to snag the edge of the scratch with your finger nail. If you can feel it, then your best bet would be to consult a professional.


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Yes i can definitely feel it... i am going to go check out few places and see what they say.

Honestly i am so bummed ... i am actually regretting buying a nice car now... i have only had this car for 6 months too and this happens.

Honestly it looks like some jealous ahole keyed it. thats the only way i can explain it.
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I think there is a putty you can buy but not sure how well it works.
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Honestly it looks like some jealous ahole keyed it. thats the only way i can explain it.
I wouldn't be surprised. Back in the 90s my parents had Jags and this happened to us twice. It was very obvious that it was keyed because they were in spots that it couldn't have been with a collision with anything (like on the hood). Deep gashes, just like yours. Some people can't stand others having nice things...

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Samples from using the $60 DA and Mequiar's Ultimate Compound which is not overly aggressive...

Wife's car. The right side of the scratch was a bit deeper than the rest of the scratch. I probably could have worked it a bit more.... however was happy with the result. You could easily see the scratch before... after, only the little bit on the right was really visible. Walking by you would never notice....




My Mustang..... looks almost like someone took a box cutter to the paint!

Top scratch completely gone. The side scratch is only visible at the right angle and light.... If you didn't know where to look you would never find it....



I've also done a few other car with similar results.... Total investment about $80....
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My wife had a scratch just like that in her car. Was caused by a kid on a bicycle...I saw it happen. Anyways, I used a High Speed Buffer & Meguire's Ultimate Compound & It's pretty much gone. No one ever notices it. Took a little over an hour to clean & buff it out.
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I agree with the dual action polisher route. These types of scratches are going to happen throughout the life of the car (especially daily drivers) and it would be far too expensive to take it to a body shop every time it happened. Invest in a da polisher and various compounds and polishes. Meguiar's has a great message board with tons of how to info.
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I'm afraid you're going to have to trade it in or sell it. It's ruined now.


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After reading this thread, I thought I'd check out the DA tool from Harbor Freight and possibly pick one up myself.

As a heads up to anyone thinking of getting the one from Harbor Freight, they currently have a 20% off coupon off any item for their Labor Day Sale. So the $67 DA (at my store anyways, dunno if prices vary) is actually $54.

Might be a good time to consider it! I certainly am.
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Yes i can definitely feel it... i am going to go check out few places and see what they say.

Honestly i am so bummed ... i am actually regretting buying a nice car now... i have only had this car for 6 months too and this happens.

Honestly it looks like some jealous ahole keyed it. thats the only way i can explain it.

Don't be too bummed man. First off, the car is gonna get a few battle wounds. It's sadly, an inevitable part of driving a car. Be it rock chips, scratches, or sun fade, it's gonna happen. REST ASSURED, a pro can take care of that no problem. And it won't cost you an arm and a leg to do it. Maybe a hundred bucks to a buck fifty. Sure, thats a hundred bucks out of pocket, but it'll be good as new.


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Samples from using the $60 DA and Mequiar's Ultimate Compound which is not overly aggressive...

Wife's car. The right side of the scratch was a bit deeper than the rest of the scratch. I probably could have worked it a bit more.... however was happy with the result. You could easily see the scratch before... after, only the little bit on the right was really visible. Walking by you would never notice....




My Mustang..... looks almost like someone took a box cutter to the paint!

Top scratch completely gone. The side scratch is only visible at the right angle and light.... If you didn't know where to look you would never find it....



I've also done a few other car with similar results.... Total investment about $80....

If you don't mind me asking, what sort of cutting pad did you go with? I used the Ultimate compound with a medium grade hex pad to try to get out some deeper set scratches. They were barely able to be felt by fingernail, so they weren't super deep. But honestly, with the combo I used it barely made a difference. Those results are fantastic, i'd like to know what you did, so I can give it a go.


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If you don't mind me asking, what sort of cutting pad did you go with? I used the Ultimate compound with a medium grade hex pad to try to get out some deeper set scratches. They were barely able to be felt by fingernail, so they weren't super deep. But honestly, with the combo I used it barely made a difference. Those results are fantastic, i'd like to know what you did, so I can give it a go.


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I used the orange compound/cutting pad from Harbor Freight...


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I think you'll find the typical professional will recommend a repaint of the affected panels. But there are various levels of success repairing the scratch. You should search YOUTUBE for scratch repairing and if nothing else you will see what the various options and methods are, as well as opinions on scratch repairs.
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