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    just looking for a bit of advice, got a scratch all the way down the side of the car (some dolt must have done it with a key or something ) - and want to try and make it look a bit better. it doesn't look like it's down to the metal, the paint is saturn blue pearlescent, incase that makes any difference.
    any help appreciated, hopeless with this kind of thing

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    Can you feel the scratch with your fingernail?

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    A machine polish would be the only thing that is going to make an improvement if at all. If you live anywhere near Aberdeen i could have an attempt for you with a DA if you dont have access to one

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    cheers
    can't feel any depth to the scratch with a fingernail test, so will try a polish. can't hurt
    600 miles from aberdeen unfortunately, but thanks for offering to help gsi
    will try to borrow a machine polisher and give that a go before calling chips away
    thanks again

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hideous View Post
    cheers
    can't feel any depth to the scratch with a fingernail test, so will try a polish. can't hurt
    600 miles from aberdeen unfortunately, but thanks for offering to help gsi
    will try to borrow a machine polisher and give that a go before calling chips away
    thanks again
    If you can borrow a D A polisher see if you get some 3M fast cut correction cream and work it across the cut this will reduce the walls of the scratch and in most cases remove , this of course will only apply as long as the paint surface itself has not been removed
    Driving vauxhall,s for 30 + years
    and still loving it

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    Depending on how deep it is try some of the T-Cut coloured scratch remover. My sisters Siggy was attacked by a cats claws the other day (must of been about 50 marks) but after approx 15 mins they were all gone.

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    if you can see any other colour below the paint surface usually whiteish i think its too deep to make much of an improvement, i used a chipstick pen on a friends car for exactly the same thing, built the layers up slowly and then smoothed it of with 1500, then da it, lot of work and not 100% but saves a fortune

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    Quote Originally Posted by neill View Post
    if you can see any other colour below the paint surface usually whiteish i think its too deep to make much of an improvement, i used a chipstick pen on a friends car for exactly the same thing, built the layers up slowly and then smoothed it of with 1500, then da it, lot of work and not 100% but saves a fortune
    The cat scratches on the Siggy i thought were pretty deep as the car is Bamboo Green and the scratches were white but with a little elbow grease they are all but gone.

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