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      04-30-2013, 06:30 PM   #1
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Scratches, scratches, scratches...

So I bought my car a little over 2 months ago, and the pain on the hood was pristine. Today on the beltway (DC, MD, VA) i noticed something "bouncing off" my hood at 60mph (source unknown). Upon later inspection, there is an ugly scratch above the badge and several others around the hood :









At this rate, in 2 years there will be no paint left on the hood

Q1. Are this scratches easily fixable? How do you guys do it?
Q2. Seeing as I will continue commuting ~45 miles/day in heavy congestion on the beltway/toll road for the foreseeable future, anything I can do to prevent this? 7 coats of wax? Anything? Or just give up and live with it?
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      04-30-2013, 06:50 PM   #2
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Use buffing compound for the black scratches, then polishing compound.
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      04-30-2013, 07:23 PM   #3
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Dr Colorchip paint is better than the factory paint .

Dr Colorchip paint is better than the factory paint .
Get a Dr Colorchip kit.
also Macquiers polishing products.
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those look like they will buff out, for the most part...You can get several products to protect your paint....especially in those areas prone to road rash...

there is a clear protective film that can go over your whole hood and fenders.....

and of course there is the traditional vinyl bra....


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I talked to Dr. ColorChip but they said that unless the chip reaches all the way to primer/body (which mine don't seem to) their paint will most likely not stick. At least they were honest about it.

Not sure how do go about the whole buffing/polishing business, seeing as I don't even have a hose to wash the car at my apartment complex. I was thinking about giving the ScratchWizard.net a try or asking professionals. Any idea what the cost might be?
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Good luck with the fix. Moving forward my advice to you to do everything you can to avoid following semi's, dump trucks, or work trucks at all cost.
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Good luck with the fix. Moving forward my advice to you to do everything you can to avoid following semi's, dump trucks, or work trucks at all cost.
and after you get scratches fixed, cover front bumper, fenders and hood with clear bra
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I always try to stay away from any road hazard, but during rush hour on the beltway it's not always possible.

I'm still not sure who should I take it to. Body shop? Detailer?

I've seen those clear bras before, but they are awfully expensive ($1000+) and the word is they turn yellow, and after you remove them they leave the paint discolored underneath requiring a repaint anyways.
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Ever feel like blacking out your hood? Now might be a good time.
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Find a professional detailer. He can buff that out. If you need a recommendation, talk to Raja. He details and does clear bras.

http://www.e90post.com/forums/member.php?u=23094

Oh and I've had a clear bra on my car for 2 years and you can barely tell it's there. It's a lot better than getting chips on your front end all the time.

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Does your nail catch it? If it does, you cannot buff it out and it will need to be touched up. If your nail does not catch it or just BARELY catches it, you can most likely sand the area and buff it out.
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The nail catches it all right. I'm no paint expert but to me the one above the badge looks rather deep - most of the lines appear "whitish" at angle, but there is this one in the middle that has a "blackish" bottom.

Any experience with touch up products? What about that scratchwizard I mentioned above?
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I always try to stay away from any road hazard, but during rush hour on the beltway it's not always possible.

I'm still not sure who should I take it to. Body shop? Detailer?

I've seen those clear bras before, but they are awfully expensive ($1000+) and the word is they turn yellow, and after you remove them they leave the paint discolored underneath requiring a repaint anyways.
i bought clear bra kit and installed it myself, here is my car, some part of hood, fenders and front bumper covered in clear bra. use quality clear bra and you will be fine.
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i bought clear bra kit and installed it myself, here is my car, some part of hood, fenders and front bumper covered in clear bra. use quality clear bra and you will be fine.
Looks really good. Can't even tell anything is on there!
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