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JordanSGM 06-14-2002 08:50 PM

Buffing out scratches
Aloha Everyone:
My Steel Gray Metalic 2001 325i got keyed in the parking lot. Fortunately, it did not get down to the metal. Can anyone suggest any kind of chemical/compound/substance that I can use to buff it out? I tried a light polishing compound on part of it, but it just jacked up the rest of my paint with swirl marks and did not buff out the key mark. Any suggestions would be GREATLY APPRECIATED.

chrisbbb 06-14-2002 11:05 PM

This might work but it all depends on how deep the scratch is. You will need a high/variable speed polisher. If you have no idea how to use one then DONT do it. The key to using this is to keep it "wet" and moving. More or less is what you are doing is heating the paint up to where the scracth actually hides itself. The problem is if you heat it up to much you will burn the paint. If you decide to do this make sure you do your homework and know what you are doing. I stress the fact YOU CAN REALLY MESS UP YOUR PAINT IF YOU DONT KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING.

Bimmer4Life 06-15-2002 01:39 AM

You're best bet is to take it to a reputable body shop so that they can acess (not sure if that's a word) the damage before you make it even worse.

To make it as good as new, you will probably have to respray the affected panels. If I caught someone doing that to my car, I would probably pull out my 40 and shoot that Mofo!

deputydog95 06-15-2002 09:28 AM

If you can feel the scratch with your
fingernail, they you're out of gas. Can't buff it. It's through the clear coat. Probably going to have to have paint work done.

JordanSGM 06-15-2002 10:23 AM

buffing out scratches
Thanks for your condolences and your input guys. I guess the scratch isn't too deep cuz I can't really feel it with my fingertip, but it's deep enough so that I can't buff it out myself. Guess I'll have to try the body shop. If I find something else that works, I'll post it here. If I ever catch the mo-fo.....
Thanks again,

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