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Someone tell me how bad this scratch is?

Discussion in 'General Mercedes-Benz Related Discussion' started by oxf77, Jan 10, 2017.

  1. oxf77

    oxf77 Member

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    Evening, noticed this scratch on my lower door panel. Its not too bad and my car is getting on a bit, but if I can get rid of it without spending too much obviously I'd be happy.

    Just wondered if anyone can tell me how bad it is from the photos? Is it just a case of polish etc? I did try scratching it with my nail in case it was the transfer from the other surface but think its my paint missing.

    The total length of the scratch is about 3 inches.

    (I have a silver 05-plate C Class coupe)

    Thanks in advance,
     

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  2. SL55 Mark

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    Hard to say - try some T-cut first, see if that'll shift it.
     
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    oxf77

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    You know sometimes people can look at a pic and say "ooo you've gone straight through the X layer there" etc, thats why I just thought I'd see if anyone can tell me anything immediately obvious.
     
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    It does look like a rubber mark, maybe from somebody shoe? A good polish may be able to remove it, hard to tell from a picture.
     
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    oxf77

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    Unfortunately i'm not. I'm sure there's people around here who could repair it, I just didn't want to really pay £90+ for some w****r's actions.
     
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    oxf77

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    Here's another photo, although I'm not sure if it gives you much more detail.
     

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  8. EmilysDad

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    try the T-Cut first ...... you've nothing to lose (other than a couple of quid for the TCut if you've not already got some ..... but who doesn't have a 20 yr old bottle of T Cut in their garage? :rolleyes:)
     
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    It looks more like crud on top of the paintwork than a scratch of sorts or gouge from the picture.

    Try some T cut like advised or scratch removed compound on it - even if it has gone through the laquer it won't make it any worse, it will be obvious whether the mark is coming off of the paint or not quite quickly.

    My opinion is that it could be made to look much better with a mild cutting paste / t cut and a polish.

    Might still have damage to the lacquer and paint though under neath.
     
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  10. John Laidlaw

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    Hard to be sure from pics but doesn't look so bad to me, as others have said T cut of another compound like that could do the job reasonably...not sure if 'colour magic' is still available but that used to cut and polish minor stuff in one
     
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    Anybody owning a car should have T Cut ...do you not?
     
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    I did put some t-cut on a sponge and give it a gentle wipe but it was pitch black, couldn't see too well and I wasn't sure if I was going to do more damage than good, so I didn't really pursue it. I think I'll give it another go.

    Whats the best cloth type to use?
     
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    Give it a rub with some thing mildly abrasive (paste, not pads) ...T Cut (or better Farecla), metal polish etc.

    Cloth.
    Well, 'detailer' threads will no doubt have you snipping bits off the Turin Shroud, but just something without gritty, bad stuff in it.
     
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    I wouldn't personally worry about T-cut damaging it. I would have buffed the crap out of it by now to see if it made it better.

    It's unlikely to cause any harm, but hey, if it doesn't work you're going to have to get it fixed anyway :)
     
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    I'd try a flat razor blade and see if you can get under it. Use a very very shallow angle and push against the scratch to see if it has an edge. If it has you can work it off. The blade may leave a very light mark on the lacquer but that will polish out.

    If it doesn't have an edged it's a scratch rather than a residue left on the paint.
     
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    oxf77

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    Had another look today and it **might** just be the paint from the other object, as opposed to my bodywork being chipped. When I run my fingers over it, it does feel to be "raised" rather than "sunken".

    However, if it is my bodywork chipped wouldn't T-Cut remove yet more of my paintwork/whatever is left? I'm just worried about going gun-ho with the T-Cut if there isn't anything to remove. Could I not do further damage?
     
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  18. Xtractorfan

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    DO NOT GO NEAR IT WITH ANYTHING HARDER THAN A PIECE OF CLOTH. IT'S JUST a rub mark from something that rubbed against it and it will polish off.
    If you cant get it off, go along to a bodyshop or garage and they will buff it off for you.
     
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    From the photo (notoriously unreliable...), a few mins with T Cut on cloth will sort it, there's no risk of damaging 2K lacquer.
     
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    For goodness sake get on with it or let someone do it for you. This is a 10 second job...and you've been talking about it for 2 days!!!!!
     

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