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Old 10-13-2008, 05:20 PM
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I backed up into the side of a pole and now have ugly burnt orange paint all over the side of my black car. There is a five inch vertical scratch on the side that the pole created, the scratch isn't super obvious but it looks tacky when you notice it. So I'm wondering what can I do to fix this? And in general how much will it cost? And are there any ways I can fix it on my own without taking it to the dealership or car repair shop?

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Old 10-13-2008, 05:36 PM
Location: AZ
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Take it to a detailer, it should buff out, depending. Sometimes wax even removes light paint smears. It really all depends how bad the situation is. Got any pics?
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Old 10-13-2008, 05:39 PM
Location: Southern Arizona
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Carefully, try a quality auto finish cleaner first and then a wax polish.

Good Luck
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Old 10-14-2008, 10:35 AM
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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I'd say a medium cut polish will remove it, then follow with a fine cut polish.

Any local detailer should be able to do it. But check locally to find a good one, because a bad detailer will make the finish worse.
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Old 10-14-2008, 11:36 AM
Location: North Pole Alaska
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Get some fine buffing compound and a clean terry cloth towel. Wet the towel so it is damp then dip it in the fine buffing compound and gentely rub the paint off. Be carefull not to get to carried away.
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Old 10-14-2008, 12:35 PM
Location: Sanford, FL
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Paint Stripper

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Old 10-14-2008, 01:23 PM
Location: Eastern Washington
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If you don't know much about car polishing and waxing, this is probably not the best place for you to take your first step - probably you are better off with an experienced professional detailer. You didn't say if there is any denting, but if there is you can probably find a paintless dent repair guy who can fix this.

The real art of this is knowing if you can clean the paint up completely, or if you have to leave a little of the scratch in place to avoid cutting the paint too thin. This takes a specific touch and experience helps.

It's possible your dealer has such a detailer, but you will pay less by dealing with the detailer directly.
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Old 10-14-2008, 02:42 PM
Location: Apple Valley Calif
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It a detailer can't get it, and it has to be painted, figure on a minimum of $500.00 to do it right. If the whole side of the car needs to be paints, it will be a lot more... You can't just paint a small area, it has to be blended in.
The entire fender, or perhaps the entire half of the car needs to be painted.
If it's in the door, the whole door needs to be painted, fender, same thing, etc, etc.....
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Old 10-14-2008, 04:09 PM
Location: Denver
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I would try some wd40
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Old 09-22-2010, 12:23 AM
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Wife had a similar incident a little while ago. While attempting to park in the garage, she hit the side of one of the cabinets and luckily there's no scratch, but there is a white streak of cabinet paint on the siding. How can I remove that?

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