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Old 06-22-2008, 09:10 AM
 
Location: Sunny Florida
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So my DH comes to me and says he accidentally scratched my beloved, low mileage, 2002 Accord with his key. I can't get too upset because he fessed up to his carelessness, but I don't want to leave it like this. I'm not versed in car repairs, car painting, or anything related to this. Is there a way a novice can fix this little scratch and have it look halfway decent or do I just bite the bullet and take it to the body shop for a two inch scratch? Thanks for your help!
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Old 06-22-2008, 09:51 AM
 
Location: Phoenix,Arizona
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Get some 1500 grit sandpaper
A glass of water
A good car wax
Rubbing compound

Clean the area then dunk a small piece of the sandpaper into the water
and lightly go over the scratch,you should see it turn white this will be the
clear coat do the area about ½" around the scratch in a back and forth
motion.

Wipe dry and run your fingernail over it if you feel the scratch repeat until
all is smooth, Remember LIGHTLY !

Take 1 part of rubbing compound and 3 parts of wax and mix together
good with a clean soft towel go over the area and expand it to cover
another ½" to blend the area together going back and forth not in a
circler motion, then using a clean dry soft towel buff the shine back in
and apply just the wax after this.

The rubbing compound/wax works great for the fingernail scratches under
the door handles also,don't use the sandpaper unless your fingernails feel
the scratches when running them across the scratch
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Old 06-22-2008, 10:42 AM
 
Location: Southern Arizona
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So my DH comes to me and says he accidentally scratched my beloved, low mileage, 2002 Accord with his key. I can't get too upset because he fessed up to his carelessness, but I don't want to leave it like this. I'm not versed in car repairs, car painting, or anything related to this. Is there a way a novice can fix this little scratch and have it look halfway decent or do I just bite the bullet and take it to the body shop for a two inch scratch? Thanks for your help!
It is possible, Sunnydee . . . however, if not super careful, you may make it worse.

My suggestion . . . check for Scratch Removing Polish Cleaner (frequently found in colors to match your vehicle's paint) at your local car parts store or possibly Wal-Mart and follow the direction very carefully.

If you're not comfortable with a DIY project . . . have your vehicle professionally detailed. Any decent detailer will have no problem removing any and all minor scratches.

Good Luck
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Old 06-22-2008, 01:11 PM
 
Location: Sunny Florida
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Thank you for the advice!

I really appreciate it.
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