Hi lads and ladies,
Just wanted to pop up a quick review of this product, which I bought a few weeks ago after scuffing my bonnet with the end of a pressure washer lance. The scratch was about two inches long, up close was made of multiple fine lines and had left a matt mark on the bonnet - not through to primer but could be felt with a fingernail. Above this was a long, very fine scratch that I knew would easily polish out with some effort - looked like a bird claw mark or branch scratch.
In a long-previous life I did some valeting, way back before the whole detailing thing took off, and I've also got a little bit of bodyshop experience. I knew what I needed to do - flat and polish at least - but it's been years since I've had to do this and my confidence on a new, expensive car was zero! Eventually I found the QUIXX car scratch repair kit on eBay - did a bit of research before buying and there were LOTS of good reviews so I bit the bullet and picked one up, considering it was less than a tenner delivered I thought it was worth a go.
Finally got some time to give the car a good going over today, as follows...
There are two small tubes of pastes, one is called "1-POLISH", the second "2-FINISH". You also get some fine gauze pads and strips of 3000 grit W/D paper. As per the instructions, you begin rubbing paste 1 across your scratch for 1-2 minutes, then wipe off with a damp cloth. Alarmingly this will result in the area becoming completely dull - HOWEVER - if you're lucky, your scratch has gone! Mine hadn't, after wiping away it was still there, just smoother!
- Spray wheels using Bilberry wheel cleaner
- Snowfoam (kinda - crap washer!) then rinse off
- Re-spray wheels with Bilberry and agitate
- Handwash with Megs Gold Class shampoo and lambswool mitt
- Dry using Kent microfibre towels
- I then hand polished the car using Meg's Cleaner wax to go after most of the swirls, I know it's not the best but I'm using it up before buying something else!
- After buffing this off, I popped open the Quixx pack and set to work...
The next step is to rub the area gently with one of the strips of 3000 for 15 seconds or so - I used Meg's QD to lube it up as opposed to water or soap suds. Once I'd done this, I then reapplied some of the paste and finished with a couple of minutes of the second one, a finishing compound.
I have to say the results were REALLY impressive! The scratch is all but invisible, just a shallow blemish remains. I have no doubt that someone with better expertise, or more patience (I had a whole car to do and could smell the in-laws' BBQ calling me!) could do an even better job. The kit is endorsed by BMW, TUV-approved and as I said, very reasonably-priced.
I then finished the car with a coat of Poorboys Black Hole, then applied Natty's Paste wax, using Auto-Finess trim dressing on all rubbers and my grille BEFORE taking the wax off.
In summary, this kit is WELL worth a go before resorting to a bodyshop or pro scratch removal service. And I'm a muppet when it comes to bodywork!
Apologies for the lack of pics, took a few but on a black car they just didn't show anything!