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DIY removing scratches

Old 08-21-2008, 03:03 AM
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OK, this is my first DIY and I'm not really the type that does any work on my cars myself, so I was worried that this wouldn't really work, but I think it worked quite nicely.

So a few months ago, I posted about my wife's car being keyed. It also had many other scratches. Well, a few accidents happened and I got them repaired. The body shop just did the accident damage and replaced the rear driver's quarter panel. This looked great, but the scratches bothered me that much more, since the rest of the car was looking new. They offered to fix the scratches, but since this was all out of pocket, I decided to just wait. The body shop's owner gave me a product to remove the scratches myself and it actually works really well! It is 3M hand glaze (pics to follow). Here is how I personally did it:

Step 1: Supplies
-A soft, clean wash cloth. I would use one that is rough, not something smooth (i.e. wash cloth vs. cloth diaper/burp cloth).
-3M Imperial Hand Glaze (05990); this will work on ANY COLOR CAR

Step 2: Prep
Just clean the areas to be fixed. I didn't even bother with this, but after doing it dirty, I'd recommend you clean the area first to make it easier and possibly get even better results.

Step 3: Apply liberally to scratches that are NOT through the paint yet. You cannot hurt anything with this product, so feel free to use as much as you want. You don't have to be careful about going over other areas. If you do deep scratches, you will need to do this several times to really get rid of them. I found the best way is to first just run it across the scratch with the cloth. Then on the second round, I dab it with the cloth which kind of creates a "roughed" or textured application of the glaze. This will help it get into every bit of the scratch.
Step 4: Let the glaze dry for a few seconds.

Step 5: Lightly rub the glaze off and apply a bit more, dabbing it with the cloth to roughen it up a bit. Let it dry again.

Step 6: Buff the glaze out with the cloth by rubbing in circles with medium to firm pressure on the car. Repeat steps 3-6 as needed.

Step 7 (optional): I haven't done this yet, but if you wax and buff the car after this, you should really never even see a scratch again.

Step 8: Tell your wife that she owes you big time. PIITB! Enjoy!
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