Keyed...

dalemathieson

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2 Months in to owning my S3 and some low life has decided to key my car (notice the scratch has two starts assumed from ridges on the key). Can only assume it was where I park my car due to it being an area that is frequented greatly by dogs and walkers.

Tried using T-cut, however scratch is too deep for the T-cut to be effective. Photos supplied are after T cut.

Wondering if there was any non ridiculously priced ways to patch it? Don't really want to get the whole panel repainted just for a scratch the length of an inch, however if I leave it it's 100% something that's going to bug me.
 

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Rob2k68

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Can't even write what I'm thinking about these people - scumbags is putting it mildly!

You could try the same technique as a stone chip which is build up the layers using a touch up pen, flat with very fine 3000 grit wet and dry and buff up with a DA but that is pretty time consuming and may not give you the result you require. Problem is that it's on top of the feature line so that part of the panel catches the light rather than being in the shadow so you'll always notice it. A good body shop may be able to blow it into the feature line as the paint is so new. To give an idea of costs I had a door and fender on my Nevada white Leon painted at a Vauxhall specialist for £230 - Listers wanted £750!! I'd expect your looking at £150-200 for a wing to be repainted. Maybe also try those spot repair people first for maybe £40-50 and see how that looks.
 

jungle650

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2 Months in to owning my S3 and some low life has decided to key my car (notice the scratch has two starts assumed from ridges on the key). Can only assume it was where I park my car due to it being an area that is frequented greatly by dogs and walkers.

Tried using T-cut, however scratch is too deep for the T-cut to be effective. Photos supplied are after T cut.

Wondering if there was any non ridiculously priced ways to patch it? Don't really want to get the whole panel repainted just for a scratch the length of an inch, however if I leave it it's 100% something that's going to bug me.

Ouch. Sorry to hear / see this. Lets hope it wasnt malicious and it was just an innocent mistake - small kid on bike etc. Either way not good for you but atleast it might mean there is some humanity out there!

Ok down to fixing...

Hand cutting probably wont touch that as its too deep as you have already noticed.

The good news is you should not need a full respray even though it looks pretty deep and Im guessing its Sepang Blue- ie Metallic.

You basically have 2 options:

1) Get hold of a Dual Action (DA) polishing / detailers machine. Invite a friend over who has one ( you must know someone who has one!?!) if you have never used one then dont panic but do practice a little ! You will be able to remove a lot of the harshness relatively quickly. Be careful as its on the wing which is plastic, so you wont be able to check paint depth or coat depths without specialised and expensive equipment. However a DA machine shouldnt cause u any concerns unless you use it like a plum. (Ie harsh pad, not moving machine, pushing hard down ontop with it on full rpm for ages) You should always start with the lightest combination of pad and cutting / polishing liquid and go from there. Very good results can be achieved. Just be patient.

You can then start to touch in with paint using a cocktail stick layer by layer and slowly blend in to match existing paintwork. A good trick with metallics is to mix the paint and clear coat together and apply at the same time to get a better repair. This method will take you some time to do ( as u apply layer at a time until its above the current paint then level back ) but should be cheap if you can get your hands on a DA. The finish will be as good as the amount of time you spend on it. Do it right over a few days/ weeks and the damage should be close to invisible to all but you. ( as u know where it is/ was)

2) Get a smart repair specialist in. Something like Chips Away or an independent. Cost should be circa £100-£150 ish. This makes for an invisible repair. These guys can work magic. They will have it repaired within hours. But they are only as good as their personal experience so go with a recommendation if you can.

You should also probably post this in the detailng thread as others might be able offer alternative solutions or provide a detailed guide for a repair.

Hate things like thiis....

Good luck.
Jungle
 

pburv

Registered User
Ouch. Sorry to hear / see this. Lets hope it wasnt malicious and it was just an innocent mistake - small kid on bike etc. Either way not good for you but atleast it might mean there is some humanity out there!

Ok down to fixing...

Hand cutting probably wont touch that as its too deep as you have already noticed.

The good news is you should not need a full respray even though it looks pretty deep and Im guessing its Sepang Blue- ie Metallic.

You basically have 2 options:

1) Get hold of a Dual Action (DA) polishing / detailers machine. Invite a friend over who has one ( you must know someone who has one!?!) if you have never used one then dont panic but do practice a little ! You will be able to remove a lot of the harshness relatively quickly. Be careful as its on the wing which is plastic, so you wont be able to check paint depth or coat depths without specialised and expensive equipment. However a DA machine shouldnt cause u any concerns unless you use it like a plum. (Ie harsh pad, not moving machine, pushing hard down ontop with it on full rpm for ages) You should always start with the lightest combination of pad and cutting / polishing liquid and go from there. Very good results can be achieved. Just be patient.

You can then start to touch in with paint using a cocktail stick layer by layer and slowly blend in to match existing paintwork. A good trick with metallics is to mix the paint and clear coat together and apply at the same time to get a better repair. This method will take you some time to do ( as u apply layer at a time until its above the current paint then level back ) but should be cheap if you can get your hands on a DA. The finish will be as good as the amount of time you spend on it. Do it right over a few days/ weeks and the damage should be close to invisible to all but you. ( as u know where it is/ was)

2) Get a smart repair specialist in. Something like Chips Away or an independent. Cost should be circa £100-£150 ish. This makes for an invisible repair. These guys can work magic. They will have it repaired within hours. But they are only as good as their personal experience so go with a recommendation if you can.

You should also probably post this in the detailng thread as others might be able offer alternative solutions or provide a detailed guide for a repair.

Hate things like thiis....

Good luck.
Jungle
Wow good advise Jungle...Am I right in thinking the wings on these cars are aluminium not plastic??:friends:
 

jassyo06

T-Cut King !
C..ee U.. N..ext T..uesday S..hitbags...av got a pinhole dent on my passengers door, paint has been removed....after almost 8 months its still there, why its a respray front wing,doors just blend to it in,from 3 different body shops,one was from Audi the other 2 privately owned,get your wing resprayed and hope for the best
 

jassyo06

T-Cut King !
Ps chips away wont touch it, not on the wing? pearl paint is a fooker to match....the only saving blessing is your paintwork is new,easier to match via wing respray audi will charge you around £500 other bodyshops around £350
 

jassyo06

T-Cut King !
Yep all aluminium.

So is the bonnet light as a feather,and going by the softness of the exterior door panels they are also Aluminum...
 

Rob2k68

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So is the bonnet light as a feather,and going by the softness of the exterior door panels they are also Aluminum...

Yep no exterior composities apart from obviously the bumpers. The aluminium panels should still pass the oil canning and dentability tests though although remembering a thread on here about hail stones maybe they ding easier than you'd expect!
 

pburv

Registered User
Yep no exterior composities apart from obviously the bumpers. The aluminium panels should still pass the oil canning and dentability tests though although remembering a thread on here about hail stones maybe they ding easier than you'd expect!
Judging by the three little dents on my wing I would say they are very vulnerable to any light bumps..It looks like someone has thumped my wing as the dents line up like the knuckles on a fist..Grrr
 

jassyo06

T-Cut King !
Judging by the three little dents on my wing I would say they are very vulnerable to any light bumps..It looks like someone has thumped my wing as the dents line up like the knuckles on a fist..Grrr

They as soft as ***** mate ye gonne get them fixed,as for me, NO although i will cringe constantly over the summer months about it,may just get the dent sooked out and the touch up paint added...
 

Simon L

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They as soft as ***** mate ye gonne get them fixed,as for me, NO although i will cringe constantly over the summer months about it,may just get the dent sooked out and the touch up paint added...

I thought the panels were made of paper the way they give when you wipe em down!! lol
 

jassyo06

T-Cut King !
I thought the panels were made of paper the way they give when you wipe em down!! lol
They are extremely gash mate eh...lol...Gerry build quality for ye...lol
 

jassyo06

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Rob2k68

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I thought the panels were made of paper the way they give when you wipe em down!! lol

Worse one I've ever had for that were me pair of 205 Gti's - could swear they were made in the same factory that makes tins for Heinz!!
 

Simon L

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