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    dan-quattro's Avatar
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    Sep 2008

    How to remove paint surface scratches?

    Hi all,

    Got a few surface scratches on my 2001 S3, and was wondering what might be the best approach to buffing them out myself, or whether it needs more serious rework by a bodyshop.

    I've put a picture of the worst one, so you can get an idea how deep they are.

    They aren't too bad, but if you run your fingernail across you can feel it's there.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks in advance

    Audi S3 2001 AMK, Milltek Cat-Back Exhaust, 18" TT Wheels, Black Leather Recaro, x1 Very Happy Driver

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    Sep 2007
    looking at that mark you got i would go find yourself...
    2000 grit wet+dry (as its giving if you dont know exactly what your doing)
    cutting compound ( _Shop_Supplies_Paint?hash=item260254697035&_trksid =p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1683|66%3A2|65%3A12|3 9%3A1|240%3A1318 this is an example)
    fibre cloth-a really soft duster will do just about

    tried to find video for you to see how to do it but they all shyte lol soack the area to be flatted as i call it, i think thats ona flat panel, so use a flat block, such as something about the size of a cigarette box and wrap the paper round it then rub gently across the area plus another inch and after about every 10 goes over stop. dry the area and it should go cloudy and the scratch should slowly start to fade. carry on wetting, rubbing, drying, looking and when you start to notice the mark fading alot please go down to only say 5 passes with the paper and when it fades some more less and less. you can, if your feeling brave, just put the paper in your hand, use two fingers, and directly flat mark out but if you dont know what your doing...i shouldnt lol 2000 will take its time but rather go slow than too fast and burn it.
    when you think the mark has faded enough to your liking take your cutting cream and put it onto the cloth or area and rub once again in circle motion, you dont have to be too gentle so get in there, and just keep rubbing and rubbing till the dullness/cloudyness goes away and your left with buffed up clean looking clear coat/ laquer. if when your done it still dont look quite as good as you think it could repeat if you wish...if you get stuck or whatever email me if you wish

    happy buffing!!!



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