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Recommended Scuff repair products?


Well, I'd not even had my new (new to me, it's an 04 plate) Clio 24 hours, and the wife had managed to scuff the front bumper/wheel arch

She was full of remorse, and it wasn't done on purpose, so I could hardly go mental!

Could anyone recommend something to help tidy this up? I'm thinking of a coloured wax I could put on, try to buff it out?

I will try to have a nose around Halfords, see if they flog anything, but I'd be grateful for any help
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Drat these pesky scuff marks!! Heres a few ideas - firstly wash and clean the area first and then gently polish the area with a rubing compound (most motor factors can supply)- be careful this stuff is fairly powerful and if you rub too much you can actually tske the top layer of paint off - its much coarser that T-cut or brasso - this may actually buff some if not all of the marks out. Next step is to polish it with a T-cut this will help remove most of the swirl marks left by the compound. If scores are still left you could try filling it with a similar coloured wax crayon. Heat the area with a hair dryer and rub the crayon in a circular motion to fill the scratches. Then finish off with a suitable coloured polish - apply at least 2 coats and leave to dry for an hour or so - then polish off. Otherwise it is a paintjob - if your cars red you may be able to raid her makeup case.
P.S. There are a number of coloured polishes on the market that come with their own coloured wax crayon suppled - I have used one on my car - but as it's black I resorted to black shoe polish! LOL. In my experience Halfords don't seem to keep a good choice and I've always found motor factors that bit better - after all they supply the second hand motor trade - who use this type of stuff on a regular basis. Another idea would be to contact one of the companies that offer a scratch removal service - theres one were I live called "Colorworks". Try yellow pages! Good luck
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In my opinion just bite the bullit and have it repaired. I used to be a painter/body repairer for nearly 7 years and there IS NO SUBSTITUTE to getting it done properly. I would say it would set you back no more than 70-80 quid, any more and they're pulling your pants down. Sorry but i have seen cars that have had some real dog home made repairs, besides while there is a blemish or mark on your car, your gonna spot it every time and it'll eat at you. Sorry.
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Hi ... luna lander is spot on, however if its really just a scuff that doesnt need filled and your confident then smooth over the area with micro wet and dry (1500) then use 3M Finesse-it and some good polishing cloths, and put the elbow grease to work or if you have a polishing mop (red) polish it very wet at 2000rpm and keep it wet or it'll burn.

You'll need to get the stuff below from bodyshop supplies or paint disti.

The 3M will cost you approx 15/ltr
The cloths 5 ish (ask them to split the pack)
A red mop will cost 5 ish (only if you have a polisher/mop.)

You'll be amazed, but if its a gouge into the plastic/metal then luna lander is right, bite the bullet and get it fixed by a bodyshop.

Hope it helps

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Yes, the 3M-Finesse stuff (and other 3M products) are very good.

I had swirls marks and a huge scratch on my boot lid. The scratch was rubbed out with 1500 (wet) and the whole car buffed with 3M-Finess and the top layer (can't remember what it was called, but used as a finisher mainly for black cars) - result was a car in showroom condition.
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