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      02-18-2006, 02:10 PM   #1
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Sadly, my first visible scratch

My mother scratched it with a snow shovel while shoveling the driveway. Lesson: never let the mom shovel snow near your E90! This has already ruined my day. It does not appear to be a deep scratch, but I have a saph black, so it is very visible. Is there a easy fix to this? I will I have to just live with it? What do you all do when someone scratches your door? Thereis no dent, just a white scratch mark.
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      02-18-2006, 03:58 PM   #3
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You can try GS27 scratch remover.

http://www.gs-27.com/?source=gg&camp...FQpZPgodCh3gGw

It works well some times.

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      02-18-2006, 04:18 PM   #4
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Try claying it down and see what it looks like.

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      02-19-2006, 01:14 PM   #5
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Clay doesn't remove scrathes, nor will it help that.

I had a similar scratch on my e36 and managed to round the edges of the scratch enough so that it is no longer noticeable in 99% of lighting. And when it is visible, only I notice it. I did it with a PC though, not by hand.
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      02-20-2006, 04:58 AM   #6
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A PC with a good polish might get it out. If you run your finger over it can you feel it?? If no it will come out.

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      02-20-2006, 06:53 AM   #7
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i have a similar scratch in that exact area...must be from one of my friends' shoes... errrr
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      02-20-2006, 08:58 AM   #8
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That will come out. Get some good compound - not too aggressive and work on it with a soft cloth.

Then graduate to a less abrasive polish, then a pure polish and then a coat of wax. It will come out.
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ouch, i know the feeling...hope you can get it repaired!
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A PC with a good polish might get it out. If you run your finger over it can you feel it?? If no it will come out.

Chris
What is a "PC"? when i run my finger over it, I don't feel a thing, its just more like a surface mark. like someone ran a white marker over it.
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Thanks for all the feeback!
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A PC is a Porter Cable 7424 machine polisher.

For more information on how to use a PC (as well as other answers) see the Detailing 101 sticky thread at the top of this forum.
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Sorry about your scratch. I have a scratch right below the gas fill door and a couple of scuff marks on the lower panel below the driver's door too. I used a rubbing compound on the scuffs and fu*ked my paint , so I am afraid to use a rubbing compound now.

People on bimmerfest.com recommended Meguiar's Scratch X, so I'm going to try that on the scratch.
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I had a few scratches tooo

They were all on my side panels...luckily some idiot women ran into my car and I have new side panels now!
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Maybe it can be buffed out at a detail shop.
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If your nail doesn't 'catch' on the scratch, a good detailer should be able to work it out of the clear coat.
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My mother scratched it with a snow shovel while shoveling the driveway...Lesson...
Why didn't you shovel the snow for your mother?

The lesson is shovel the snow for your mother.
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Why didn't you shovel the snow for your mother?

The lesson is shovel the snow for your mother.
Lesson Learned!
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Your poor mom probably feels terrible. Make sure she knows you still love her.
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i have two door dents in the passenger door.....
and my wife said that i deserve it for parking too close to her in the garage....

women...they just don't care........
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There is a BIG difference between a mark on the paint and a scratch. If you run your finger over it and it still feels smooth, then odds are you can get it out yourself in 15 minutes.

The best option would be to use a buffer, such as a Porter Cable. Try a light abrasive polish first to see if it removes the mark. Use a "cutting pad" with the polish and tilt the buffer so the edge of the pad is in contact with your car -- in other words, don't sit the pad flat on your car. Move it around the scratch/mark for a couple of minutes while applying slight pressure. Let the buffer do the work. If the light abrasive polish doesn't work, use a more abrasive polish with the same techinique described above. As mentioned in this thread, always finish with a light abrasive polish, and then wax.

I have had great success with Griot's and Menzerna products. For Griots, they have Machine Polish 1,2, and 3. Lately though, Menzerna has been giving much better results. Intensive Polish is a more abrasive polish, and Final Polish II is a less abrasive polish. detailedimage.com carries both & have good prices.

Good luck!
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Look at this on on my rear bumper, it happend right after I got it.
I got over it pretty quick, you will to, now I'm not quite sure what to do with it.
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