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    Newly CanCoated car - door scratched - what to do.

    Hey guys, the wife has managed to put a light scratch mark on the door. The 2 layers of CanCoat is only a week old ..

    What are my options ? Go through the cut/polish/finish of the whole door panel or just that small 2” x 2” spot and apply the two layers of CanCoat again ?

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    Re: Newly CanCoated car - door scratched - what to do.

    Quote Originally Posted by stylo View Post
    Hey guys, the wife has managed to put a light scratch mark on the door. The 2 layers of CanCoat is only a week old ..

    What are my options ? Go through the cut/polish/finish of the whole door panel or just that small 2” x 2” spot and apply the two layers of CanCoat again ?
    I would just do that area and reapply.
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    Re: Newly CanCoated car - door scratched - what to do.

    Ok cool.

    Just had a quick inspection and my few finger rubs has caused a few more scratches !!

    Thought CanCoat would give it a bit more protection than that ... it’s been over a week. Should have cured already.

    Maybe I didn’t put enough on there ?

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    Re: Newly CanCoated car - door scratched - what to do.

    Quote Originally Posted by stylo View Post
    Just had a quick inspection and my few finger rubs has caused a few more scratches !!

    Thought CanCoat would give it a bit more protection than that ... it’s been over a week. Should have cured already.

    Maybe I didn’t put enough on there ?
    It's not a force field, if you rub grit against your paint with your finger (by rubbing a dirty car) you're going to cause marring.

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    Re: Newly CanCoated car - door scratched - what to do.

    Argh ... thanks ..

    I thought it was clean enough. Washed only a day ago, but noted for future.

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    Re: Newly CanCoated car - door scratched - what to do.

    Quote Originally Posted by Setec Astronomy View Post
    It's not a force field, if you rub grit against your paint with your finger (by rubbing a dirty car) you're going to cause marring.
    So true. I think people greatly over estimate the scratch resistance of coatings. The marketing of the products sure doesn't help.

    CanCoat is a great product in many ways, but due to it being a "lite" coating I've seen it offers even less marring resistance than a traditional coating. Not that traditional coatings offer much either...

    Quote Originally Posted by stylo View Post
    Argh ... thanks ..

    I thought it was clean enough. Washed only a day ago, but noted for future.
    Cleanliness doesn't have anything to do with it. If the scratch came from keys, luggage (i.e. purse or laptop bag), jewlery, fingernails, etc, it would happen no matter what is on the vehicle or how clean.
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    Re: Newly CanCoated car - door scratched - what to do.

    Unfortunately, there is some reality to offset the hyperbole used in marketing car products. Sure, a real coating might give you some scratch protection, but in the end probably all it's going to do is give you a sacrificial surface that the marring will be in instead of the paint (and there's a lot of wishing and hoping in that). Mostly what you're trying to do is create a surface that will release the dirt easier so there is less chance of marring during washing...because it's that mechanical object-on-paint friction that scratches the paint...like what your wife did but on a smaller scale. I mean heck, some (clean) paints can be scratched by a microfiber towel.

    Sorry to wreck your morning.

    PS Desertnate beat me to these points, I see.

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    Re: Newly CanCoated car - door scratched - what to do.

    Thanks so much guys. Morning ruined already by wife and the scratch lol

    So much to learn, especially with this being only my second car coated with it.

    So should i use some masking tape to square off the section I’m going to work on with the random orbital to re-polish ?

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    Re: Newly CanCoated car - door scratched - what to do.

    I wouldn’t tape off, just blend it. Make sure your work isn’t to “get that darn scratch out.” That’s when people get into trouble because the focus becomes getting the scratches out while not paying attention to heat buildup.

    Polish as you normally would, 2’x2’ sections 6 section passes. It’s easier to live with a small scratch that only you can see vs a burn in the cc.


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    Re: Newly CanCoated car - door scratched - what to do.

    I should update to say a 'scratch' would be an exaggeration and it is more of a marring which could only be seen at certain angles ...

    Which was then exacerbated by me using my stupid fingers to see if the initial marring would rub out, causing further fine swirls (due to there being I guess, some fine dust/dirt particles on the panel).

    All of this in a small 2 inch by 2 inch section of the door panel .. so annoying !!!

    SO ... I will be doing the cut/polish then finish with (Menzerna 400, 2400 and 3800) then wipe with Prep and reapply the CanCoat by blending it in that section I worked on. I will ensure I work on a larger section and not just focus on the scratch and inadvertently cause a burn in the clear coat.

    Thanks everyone!

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