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Does anybody know if Renault sell paint kits to cover scratches and are they any good as some idiot decided it would be fun to take a key to the side of my Megane
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Renualt do sell touch-up paint kits - available as a stick-brush in the correct colour and a clear coat laquer to go over. I am not sure if you will get a satisfactory result though on this type of scratch - they are quite good for touching in the odd stone chip, but for larger jobs it will show too much - depending on the depth of the damage have you tried 'cutting' the paint? - MER produce a scratch remover in a tube, which works ok on light scratches.
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A lot depends on how deep it is. If you run your fingernail across it, does it snag in the scratch?

If it doesn't, then T-Cut will probably do the trick. Be sure to get the right one, depending on whether the car is a metallic/pearlescent or a base colour.

Other than that, if it's a base colour then give it a shot. I've had some success loading the scratch up with paint so that it's a little proud, leaving it a couple of days to harden and then gently t-cutting back so that it's flush with the original finish. Just take care not to rub too hard with the t-cut on the existing paintwork, as it is possible to go through to the primer.

If it's a deep scratch on a metallic, then you'll need to get it professionally resprayed if you want it to look half decent

Don't leave it too long. It's a little known fact that primer and even metallic base-coats are porous, and if you leave a scratch like this for too long, eventually the metal beneath will start to rust. If it's going to be a while before you can get it fixed, then buy a bottle of laquer and paint over the scratch to give it some protection. It won't look good, but it'll protect the bodywork.
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This again depends on how bad the scratch is (i.e. if it has dentned the metal, or wider than a pin, you will need a bodyshop & probably go through your insurance), but if none of the above apply, then a touch-up kit should be fine. Just don't use the brush provided (it carries too much paint, any will end up EVERYWHERE), what I use when carrying out repairs is the opened up end of a paper clip to apply small amounts of paint (usually what's on the brush after shaking the paint stick), and to work my way along the scratch. Leave it for a couple of days, and use a light rubbing compound & wax polish to blend it in. Don't rub it to aggressively, as you may remove more than you intended to - you want the repair area kept as small as possible (the laqcuer may not then be needed - as it can be a bit messy to apply). I am a professional SMART repairer, and that is one of my repair methods which can be done by the owner at home. Hope that helps, Paul.
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On another car, my boot lid was keyed. It looked pretty deep and you couold catch your fingernail on it. I was going to have it sprayed up, but the guy at the bodyshop used some wet n dry 2000 and managed to get it almost perfect ('almost' meaning if I can be satisfied, then that takes some doing!) - seriously, it was only visible in some areas from about 6" away. Realistically, you're never gonna get that close witha acr are you?

You have to be real careful though if you are going to attempt this on your own. You must make sure you don't sand off too much (luckily, my scartch was only lacquer deep, but on a black car it looks worse!).

My neighbours kids have decided to key my two doors as well now, so will see how that pans out
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