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Car bike rack scratches (pics incl.)

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Car bike rack scratches (pics incl.)

Anyone know how I can remove them or something? I bought a bike rack and I think the first time I used it I did not pay close enough attention to it's placement and it seems as though the bar touched the trunk.

Help is appreciated!
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Try toothpaste and a clean rug.
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Jan 15, 2006
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Those are some deep gouges. You buff it to clean it up and will look better, but once you are within 10 feet you will see it. Requires a repaint to correct.
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I will try toothpaste and a clean rug. What do you mean buff it out? With what?
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flyingnurse wrote: I will try toothpaste and a clean rug. What do you mean buff it out? With what?
#1 forget the toothpaste idea. It may remove some blemish but will leave the paint hazy and I have no idea why anyone would use a rug or even a rag.

Use a microfibre cloth and meguairs ultimate compound available at Canadian tire.
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+1 on using a product that is intended to do the job at hand.
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okay to clarify, I should first use the scratch doctor stuff from CT/Walmart and then polish the area with the meguairs ultimate compound.

Is that correct.
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You can't polish it out, there's no paint left to polish. Photo #1 and 3 looks like bumper and the paint has wore through down to black plastic. #2 looks like trunk lid? The scratch is down to base coat too.

The only way to fix it is to repaint, without going to a bodyshop you can probably get some touchup paint from dealer, fill the scratches, sand smooth and clearcoat. Won't look 100% but will only cost you $30 or so.
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Okay thanks, I am probably going to go down the body shop route...currently doing some research as to who I should go to.
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Yes scratches look to deep to polish it out. You would need to use touch up paint OR go to a body shop and probably paint the full bumper if you want it perfect. Once you do fix the bumper I would get some PPF (Paint protection film) applied to it if you plan on using the bike rack again, it will help protect it.

As for a good body shop, go talk to these guys they are very good, - http://www.unibodycollision.ca/
flyingnurse wrote: Okay thanks, I am probably going to go down the body shop route...currently doing some research as to who I should go to.
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I am quoted $350 from one place, seems expensive...anyone else know if that is a fair estimate?
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flyingnurse wrote: I am quoted $350 from one place, seems expensive...anyone else know if that is a fair estimate?
$350 to repaint the bumper isn't expensive ..
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flyingnurse wrote: I am quoted $350 from one place, seems expensive...anyone else know if that is a fair estimate?
That's cheap actually...
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The YouTube video posted seems to be more for fingernail scratches and not what I have which look to be wider and deeper...

Also $350 is cheap for 2 spots on the trunk? That sucks..
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I'd use Meguire's ScratchX vs the Ultimate compound personally. They're almost the samething but Scratch X has more filler material in it to help try and make it less noticeable.

If you want to try, You could get touchup paint, use multiple coats to fill in the gouges ( I can't really make out how deep,. might be too deep and need body filler applied) until it's taller than the rest of the paint then wet sand it down. If this is all yiddish to you then just go to a professional.

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