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    Scratch Repair possibilities

    I purchased a 2017 Chevy Colorado off lease. There are a few longer scratches that look like they might have been repaired with a touch up pen. I was thinking of wet sanding them and then buffing them out. Do you think I can make an improvement doing that or should I just leave them alone?
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    Re: Scratch Repair possibilities

    I guess I should have started out with a little background. I

    'm 66 years old and while I have kept my cars fairly clean over the years I decided to get more into paint correcting, polishing, and detailing. I'm not going into business just trying to learn for myself.

    Getting started I read a lot of articles and watched many of the video's on here and elsewhere.

    I did purchase a DA polisher and some of the pads and products suggested here. My first attempt is going to be a 2017 Chevy Colorado LT that I purchased from a lease return. It's pretty shiny but since it was a lease car it probably never even had a coat of wax or anything other than running it through a car wash since new.

    I am going to clay, compound, polish, and wax it.

    There were a few scratches that look like someone made a an attempt to repair. The question I have is should I go after these or is the end result not going to be much better then if I just compound, polish, and wax it.

    Also if I'm successful with the truck I'm going to go after the wife's Audi next.




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    Re: Scratch Repair possibilities

    The scratches on the right look too deep to go after, hard to tell the ones in left pic. What I do notice though is both areas appear to be on edges which means if you use a large pad you may get into more trouble. If you decide to go after it you may not totally eliminate them but you may be able to make them less visible. Again I would use caution hitting them edges

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    Re: Scratch Repair possibilities

    Thanks. I wasn't planning on getting too aggressive and never thought I would be able to make them 100%.

    The one on the left is near an edge. The one on the right looks that way in the pic but it is not. It's on a pretty flat area just above the rear wheel well.

    I will say that even if I can't get them out I can find a way to almost make them invisible. I say this because the dealer that sold the truck did something that made the left one barley visible and the right one completely invisible.

    I had the truck sitting in my driveway for a week after I bought it. I was going over it pretty well and never even noticed the right one until we had a few hard rain storms. That one surprised me.

    This is what it looked like when I brought it home so it looks pretty good at 10 ft. It will look much better once I can spend a day on it.


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    I previously read many of the articles and watched a few of the videos. Good stuff. Since I always did everything by hand and this is my first machine I wanted to find out everything I could before I actually put it on the paint.

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    Re: Scratch Repair possibilities

    Nice looking truck.




    To me - the touch-up work already performed doesn't look half bad. I would tend to go ahead and detail the truck and move on. It is a daily driver.

    If the repairs did look shoddy, then that's another thing.

    The problems you get into I share here,


    Wetsanding removes paint - Compounding removes paint - Polishing removes a little paint




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    Re: Scratch Repair possibilities

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    I had a ‘17 LT also, it was a very reliable truck.



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    Re: Scratch Repair possibilities

    I had a Nissan Titan since 2006.

    I wanted a midsize truck with a long bed to cart my fishing kayak around.

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    Re: Scratch Repair possibilities

    Hey tae111,

    I'm back in the office, off vacation and behind my normal work computer where it's a lot easier for me to do things like this....

    Share your pictures full size.







    And like I said previously, I've seen some very scrappy looking touch-up paint repairs and neither of these look that bad. My guess is - if you simply wash, clay, machine polish they will be even more invisible.

    If you want to remove the touch-up paint and start over you can use acetone finger nail polish remover and simply dab some onto the paint and then wipe. Take your time and you can remove it all and then start over.


    See this recent write-up I shared....


    Ceramic Coating & Paint Correction 1932 Ford Roadster



    Next - Remove the pinstripes off of the body panel under the Rumble Seat.

    (I removed the pinstripes off the Rumble Seat before taking any pictures of the process)






    This was some fairly thick paint.






    I had to soften some of it with some Nail Polish Remover.








    Using a paint touch-up brush I carefully paint some Nail Polish Remover onto the pinstripe paint.








    BOOM! Done.

    If you look carefully, you can see where I compounded JUST the paint on the Rumble Seat where I removed the pinstripes. The paint was not only contaminated with some type of overspray or other bonded contaminants but it was also STAINED. Before buffing out the car there was a brownish color over the paint. After buffing the car out the dirt staining was removed to reveal a much brighter color of blue.








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