Scratch Removal

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  1. TX-EXPMAX

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    Got a decently sized scratch on the back drivers side door (2019 expy max) that looks like a key but hard to tell. The scratch (about a foot long) looks to have dug into the paint. This door looks to be more like fiberglass/plastic so unsure how to proceed. Is there a way to do a touch up? Really don’t want to do full body work.

    any help would be appreciated!
     
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    If your insurance policy covers vandalism (comprehensive), take the vehicle to a paint shop, and have it repaired professionally.
     
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    Thanks, will check into that. Any home remedies anyone has experienced that work?
     
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    Would need to see a pic of it.

    Clear coat scratch/mar can often be polished out with wool pad and mile rubbing or polishing compound. Some need a little sanding with 3000 or 2500 wetsand then buff.
    Too much sanding and you'll be in worse shape than you started with.
     
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    here you go. Some is definitely on the surface and can be buffed out. The problem is the deeper part that actually took a layer out.

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    I think a lot of that is dirt catching in the edge and the crack of the clear coat and the depth. I would get some 2,000 or maybe start with 3000 sandpaper and wet sand it slightly right along the scratch. A good deal of that will totally disappear. There's a fine line between going all the way through and messing up but even if you sand through most of the clear coat you can still buff it out and build up some wax. If the end result now is your going to take it and have it sanded and spray it anyways then you saying through the clear coat and then having to have it sanded and sprayed anyways won't make any difference. That would clean up 85 to 90% though with some 2000 Grit and some buffing Compound on a wool pad and then I black waffle pad to finish.
    I will also say that I know they tell you never supposed to use your fingers or hand to wet sand but when you're actually trying to lower the level a little bit and a small area it works quite well. I would basically use one finger to sand that just till I get the majority of that scratch gone.
     

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