a week into owning my 2ndhand 159 I've now started spotting all the small scratches on its lovely black bodywork. None of them (so far) are deep enough to catch my fingernail in, but long enough to notice, esp with the light grey undercoat showing through.
Of course, having bought into AR, I am now completely nuts about this and want to get rid of them as well as possible, but without too much complication.
I've spent the last couple of hours (don't tell the boss) poring over various threads on the same or similar subject. There has been myriad different suggestions, so I'm more confused than ever.
I don't want to get involved in sanding of any kind (I am more likely to really screw the paintwork than improve it) so I'm wondering what the best approach is. So far I think this is the best approach -
- Wash the car carefully as per SRs sticky thread.
- before applying the wax / polish using one of the following :
T-Cut Fast Colour Black Polish
T-Cut Scratch Remover
- polishing / waxing
Now I've not seen anyone else mention the t-cut products above. There is one review for the scratch remover on the halfords site which sounds like the customer damaged the paintwork.
What I want to do is to make the marks less noticeable. It doesn't have to go completely but I want to blend it in as well as possible. I'm prepared to put in plenty of elbow grease but I'd prefer to avoid any product that is abrasive if possible.
I have got get touchup stick for the paint work (on its way from mangos), but previous experience suggests that it may not get that nice flush finish. Any thoughts on this, or how to apply it with something other than the brush would be great.
Thanks folks, I know this gets asked a lot.
i will try and help, however i am aware that there are times when too much info can create as much confusion as not enough info
There are a number of different terms for 'scratches' it sounds like you are referring to Random Swirls, these are created when tiny pieces of dirt etc are dragged over the surface of the car, normally when the car is washed by using a sponge, the sponge allows the dirt to sit on the surface, so when washing a car you pick up the dirt, drag it along the paintwork and then when washing the sponge, deposit it in the bucket.
Best thing to use is a washmitt, preferably a lambswool one, any dirt it picks up has a greater chance of being enveloped by the wool and so stopping the dirt particle from scratching
there are a number of polishes on the market that have 'fillers' built into them, these temporarily hide the swirls and marks, Autoglym Super resin Polish is the best known of these and will go a long way to hiding them, the ones you have listed do a similar job, but in my opinion not as well. Dont forget that once you have applied the super resin polish to get a really nice deep shine use wax on top of it, you have a black car, i would recommend DoDo Purple haze or Blue Velvet, that are the mutts rear danglies, specially developed for dark coloured cars they make the paint look like it is wet...and they smell fantastic
The only way to get rid of marks like this would be to have the car 'detailed' and polished with a rotary polisher or a dual action polisher, please don't attempt this is you are not sure when you are doing, you can burn the paint off the car as a worse case scenario. Machine polishing will take off a small amount of the top coat by using abrasive polishes, in doing so it gets rid of these marks/scratches.
If the undercoat is visible then it will be a case of getting the touch up pen out, i have seen these 'chips away' guys get rid of a multitude of marks and chips to the point where it is totally invisible, you would never know.
The trick it take your time and have patience, clean up the affected area, build up the paint until it is level with the topcoat and then using some 2000 Grit wet and dry lightly flat the area back so the join becomes invisible, then use a good quality polish to buff it all back up , that whole process can take 24-48 hours depending on weather.
to be honest as a starting point i would try this.
Wash and dry the car
Clay the car to get rid of all imperfections.
Super resin polish
Final finish wax (blue velvet for example)
Stand back with tired arms and look at it then, then ask yourself does it still need further attention?