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Not Happy I have a scratch!!!!! argh!!

I have just cleaned my car in time for NAD tomorrow and found a scratch. Not happy.

It is about 2 inches in length, vertically just in front of the drivers side indicator repeater in front of the door.

Have tired polishing it out to no avail. Have used some meguiars scratch x and again to no avail. scratch still looks the same.

It doesn't appear to be deep although the scratch is a lighter colour than the car (if that makes sense).

if i run my nail across it lightly, it doesn't seem to 'catch' on the scratch so it just seems to be just a surface mark that should either polish out or something with the meguiars scratch x.

does anyone have any ideas what i can do with it?

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There are some machine polishes that work well even by hand. The menzerna range for example. Try the lightest cut one first.
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STAY AWAY FROM T CUT SCRATCH thingy. I tried some on my scratches the other day, it made the car REALLY hazy and put thousands of tiny scratches in!
T-cut (I think its the tuttle wax company) WILL be getting a very nasty email from me next week!
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STAY AWAY FROM T CUT SCRATCH thingy. I tried some on my scratches the other day, it made the car REALLY hazy and put thousands of tiny scratches in!
T-cut (I think its the tuttle wax company) WILL be getting a very nasty email from me next week!
T-cut does tend to be very abrasive and normally does more harm than good!! stay away!
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as a sort of temporay thing...............get some of that coloured wax, car-plan colour restorer.......... put some on a cloth abung a splodge of it over the scratch a good wallop of it so it's a bit proud over the line of the scratch........... Then go indoors, have a cup of tea and a fag......... Let it dry off then polish the wole panel including the splodge over the scratch.......... takes a bit of elbow grease ..but it does work.

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I have used normal t-cut several times and that is good stuff, takes a very light cut and makes the paint gleam, but the scratch stuff...GGGRRR!!!
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If it is any help, I probably have the worst colour of car for a scratch

Etna Black (you know the one with the stupid red sparkle in it).
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Any pics of the scratch? A little wetsanding session could be the answer, I took a few marks out of my car using 2000, 2500, 3000 and 4000 wet and dry followed bg Meguiars #83 and Mernzerna (sp?) Final Finish. A detailer won't charge a lot to do one panel
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Hi, had the same sort of thing on my 147 not that long ago. I ended up wet sanding starting at 3800 and finishing on 6000. Then machine polishing with Meguiars Paint Cleaner and applying the Meguiars stage 2 polish and stage 3 wax by hand.

Before:
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And after
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If you don't have a machine polisher you could try buying some Poorboys SSR 1(Lightest cut) or 2(Medium Cut - can be used by hand and recommended) or 3(Highest cut)
Hope this helps.
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If it is any help, I probably have the worst colour of car for a scratch

Etna Black (you know the one with the stupid red sparkle in it).

I've had the similar on my black metallic S3,

I first used Autoglym Paint Renovator as it's corser than Scratch X
followed by Meg's scratch X

This clears up most scratches - if not then I started off by wet sanding

I did most of the "work" with a polishing wheel.
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