First Scratch - DodgeIntrepid.Net Forums - Dodge Intrepid, Concorde, 300m and Eagle Vision chat
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-12-2002, 09:39 PM Thread Starter
Intrepid Pro
 
ChicagoTRS's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Bolingbrook, IL
Posts: 1,381
Feedback: 1 / 100%
                     
First Scratch

Well sufferred the first scratch on the new vehicle today...three seperate scratches about 3 inches long each across the hood.:mad: :mad:

Someone pulled off the hood cover across the car and the hooks on the cover left a nice scratch right across the hood.:crazy:

Tried using a clear coat swirl removing polish...did little. Didn't figure it would do anything as it is not meant for marks like this. I am nervous to try anything much harsher as the largest scratch is right across the crease in the hood. Rubbing my nail across it I can't really feel the scratch so I am hopeful a professional can buff it out. It isn't really the worst scratch in the world but the car is only a month old and I really can't live with staring at this thing for the next 5 years. Really is not noticable unless you look at an angle or know it is there...BUT I KNOW IT IS THERE! (know what I mean)

Going to take it to a pro sometime in the next week. Anyone think I should try to work on it myself...anyone have any recipes for removing scratches? I have an orbital buffer but have never attempted to take out a scratch like this and the last thing I want to do is F^%& it up worse.

For some good news I get my windows tinted Thrusday...15% on the back three and 50% on the front...fronts are illegal here but the guy doing the tinting convinced me to do it with the guarantee that if I have problems with the law he will remove it for free...he said he has never been harassed and he has his the same way...$200 for the entire job and a lifetime guarantee.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg trepscratch.jpg (25.3 KB, 178 views)
ChicagoTRS is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-12-2002, 09:49 PM
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Posts: 8,099
Feedback: 0 / 0%
               
Re: First Scratch

Quote:
Originally posted by ChicagoTRS
For some good news I get my windows tinted Thrusday...15% on the back three and 50% on the front...fronts are illegal here but the guy doing the tinting convinced me to do it with the guarantee that if I have problems with the law he will remove it for free...he said he has never been harassed and he has his the same way...$200 for the entire job and a lifetime guarantee.
Stay out of elmhusrt. 3 tickets for window tints on my front windows. i only had 52% that's why i didn't get my front windows tinted on this intrepid.

i have also got warnings in bensenville, wood dale, addison, lombard and villa park
IntrepidXJ is offline  
post #3 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-12-2002, 09:59 PM Thread Starter
Intrepid Pro
 
ChicagoTRS's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Bolingbrook, IL
Posts: 1,381
Feedback: 1 / 100%
                     
Now you are scaring me...still debating...I hate giving the law any excuse to pull me over. I do go around elmhurst once in awhile...oh well got three days to decide.
ChicagoTRS is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-12-2002, 11:07 PM
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 8,649
Feedback: 0 / 0%
                     
Try some Meguiar's Scratch X. I've seen it work wonders. It's only $7 and you should be able to find it at AutoZone or similar store or you can order it online:

http://www.meguiars.com/product_show...ne=CP&SrcCat=2

For $7 I think I would try it before trying the orbital buffer or trusting someone else to work on it. Last time I trusted a detailing shop all I got were buffer marks and swirls...
dbaudiopro is offline  
post #5 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-12-2002, 11:27 PM Thread Starter
Intrepid Pro
 
ChicagoTRS's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Bolingbrook, IL
Posts: 1,381
Feedback: 1 / 100%
                     
Quote:
Originally posted by dbaudiopro
Try some Meguiar's Scratch X. I've seen it work wonders. It's only $7 and you should be able to find it at AutoZone or similar store or you can order it online:

http://www.meguiars.com/product_show...ne=CP&SrcCat=2

For $7 I think I would try it before trying the orbital buffer or trusting someone else to work on it. Last time I trusted a detailing shop all I got were buffer marks and swirls...
Thanks for the suggestion...I think I will try that...I saw some of this on clearance this week at Target.
ChicagoTRS is offline  
post #6 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-13-2002, 12:17 AM
Intrepid Pro
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Posts: 1,804
Feedback: 0 / 0%
                     
Quote:
Originally posted by dbaudiopro
Try some Meguiar's Scratch X. I've seen it work wonders. It's only $7 and you should be able to find it at AutoZone or similar store or you can order it online:

http://www.meguiars.com/product_show...ne=CP&SrcCat=2

For $7 I think I would try it before trying the orbital buffer or trusting someone else to work on it. Last time I trusted a detailing shop all I got were buffer marks and swirls...
I agree! I just bought and used a little on my trunk lid where I had some minor scratching from the handle bar of my sons bike. Took a little Scratch-X on a Meguiar's foam pad, lightly rubbed about five circular motions around the area, and it disappeared right before my eyes! I could not believe what I was seeing! There was absolutely no trace of that scratch left. What's especially incredible is how LITTLE effort it took. I had no idea such a product could work so well.

Obviously in my case the scratch was confined to the clear top coat. If your scratch has passed through the clear coat and hit the paint you'll likely be in for more work.

Regardless, that Scratch-X stuff should be in everyone's detail kit for a "quick fix" of minor scratch repairs.

Tom.
Snorton Norton is offline  
post #7 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-13-2002, 12:07 PM Thread Starter
Intrepid Pro
 
ChicagoTRS's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Bolingbrook, IL
Posts: 1,381
Feedback: 1 / 100%
                     
That is good news...I don't think the scratch penetrated the clear coat. When I rub my nail across it I cannot feel the scratch...I think it just scratched the surface of the clear coat...going at lunch to get some. Will update when I return.

Hope it works as it will make me feel better...and will make my significant other feel better...was not mad at her for doing it because it was an accident and accidents happen but am depressed I have a nice long scratch across my hood.
ChicagoTRS is offline  
post #8 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-13-2002, 01:40 PM Thread Starter
Intrepid Pro
 
ChicagoTRS's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Bolingbrook, IL
Posts: 1,381
Feedback: 1 / 100%
                     
Got some Scratch X...not really impressed. Tried it on the scratch...did little to nothing. Then tried it on some lighter swirls...no effect at all. Maybe it is the generic pad I am using. Will try it with a Meguiars pad when I get home. Looks likely I will going the pro route.
ChicagoTRS is offline  
post #9 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-13-2002, 02:21 PM
Intrepid Pro
 
OneSpecialM's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Lansing, IL
Posts: 2,136
Feedback: 2 / 100%
 
the scratch doesnt look so bad, looks like it just scuffed the clearcoat...
be glad some ass didnt key your drivers side of the car like mine is...scratched down to the metal...ARGH
OneSpecialM is offline  
post #10 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-13-2002, 02:29 PM
Intrepid Pro
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada eh?
Posts: 4,908
Feedback: 0 / 0%
                     
Better than the huge scratch thats all the way down to the metal just above my front drivers side turn signal on my Intrepid

I really should paint that bastard soon. Winters going to come soon! :crazy:
EvilDeadFan is offline  
post #11 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-13-2002, 03:03 PM
Intrepid Pro
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Posts: 1,804
Feedback: 0 / 0%
                     
Quote:
Originally posted by ChicagoTRS
Got some Scratch X...not really impressed. Tried it on the scratch...did little to nothing. Then tried it on some lighter swirls...no effect at all. Maybe it is the generic pad I am using. Will try it with a Meguiars pad when I get home. Looks likely I will going the pro route.
Well that SUCKS Chicago. Oh well, good try. don't be afraid to put a little elbow grease into it as well, may take a bit to show some progress.

But for the most part I can tell by your writing that you are not a happy camper. I think the pro route is the way to go, just to be sure it's done right. I've heard that shops that are favored by German auto owners tend to give better satisfaction, but I've not tested this theory.

I know the way you feel from experience. One day about two months ago I came out to mine to find a medium size/depth door ding right in the most visible spot of the rear passenger door, about door handle height or a little lower. I immediately went into shock! Bitch was deep & visible, and who-ever did it stuck their grimy little finger right on the paint and checked it, for there was a finger print smudge right on it. Fricken Bastard didn't leave a note either. I was so pissed! I actually measured the height of that ding from the ground (and could see that silver paint had been left behind) and I walked around the lot for the next couple of days doing some investigative work. I never did figure out who was so kind, but I GUARANTEE that if I had, I would have waited for them in the lot at quitting time to have a little word with 'em, as well as submit an insurance claim. Frickin' really pissed me off, I wanted someone's frickin' head!

Well, luckily I have two very close friends in the PDR (Paintless Dent Removal) business, and I had one of them take it out for me. Took him a solid 20+ minutes of working on it, and taking the wave out of the panel, but it came out PERFECT! You would never find it, and the entire panel reflects light without any distortion just like new again. Normally a dent like that would be $120.00 and up at his shop. Close friend=free though. I was SO relieved when that dent was completely gone. Made me feel 99% better. If I EVER see someone nail a car like that, I'll take it upon myself to write down the license plate of the offender, add my name & phone number, and offer myself as a witness if needed for an insurance claim. Frickin' Dildo's!

Get that scratch fixed by a pro, shell out the dough needed, and be done with it, otherwise you'll be pissed forever, and it's just not worth it.

Tom.

Last edited by Snorton Norton; 08-13-2002 at 03:05 PM.
Snorton Norton is offline  
post #12 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-13-2002, 03:09 PM
Intrepid Pro
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada eh?
Posts: 4,908
Feedback: 0 / 0%
                     
Amen to that, Norton I'd offer myself as a witness in a second. Even more so if they try to get away with it and walk away


Quote:
Originally posted by Snorton Norton


Well that SUCKS Chicago. Oh well, good try. don't be afraid to put a little elbow grease into it as well, may take a bit to show some progress.

But for the most part I can tell by your writing that you are not a happy camper. I think the pro route is the way to go, just to be sure it's done right. I've heard that shops that are favored by German auto owners tend to give better satisfaction, but I've not tested this theory.

I know the way you feel from experience. One day about two months ago I came out to mine to find a medium size/depth door ding right in the most visible spot of the rear passenger door, about door handle height or a little lower. I immediately went into shock! Bitch was deep & visible, and who-ever did it stuck their grimy little finger right on the paint and checked it, for there was a finger print smudge right on it. Fricken Bastard didn't leave a note either. I was so pissed! I actually measured the height of that ding from the ground (and could see that silver paint had been left behind) and I walked around the lot for the next couple of days doing some investigative work. I never did figure out who was so kind, but I GUARANTEE that if I had, I would have waited for them in the lot at quitting time to have a little word with 'em, as well as submit an insurance claim. Frickin' really pissed me off, I wanted someone's frickin' head!

Well, luckily I have two very close friends in the PDR (Paintless Dent Removal) business, and I had one of them take it out for me. Took him a solid 20+ minutes of working on it, and taking the wave out of the panel, but it came out PERFECT! You would never find it, and the entire panel reflects light without any distortion just like new again. Normally a dent like that would be $120.00 and up at his shop. Close friend=free though. I was SO relieved when that dent was completely gone. Made me feel 99% better. If I EVER see someone nail a car like that, I'll take it upon myself to write down the license plate of the offender, add my name & phone number, and offer myself as a witness if needed for an insurance claim. Frickin' Dildo's!

Get that scratch fixed by a pro, shell out the dough needed, and be done with it, otherwise you'll be pissed forever, and it's just not worth it.
EvilDeadFan is offline  
post #13 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-14-2002, 02:17 PM Thread Starter
Intrepid Pro
 
ChicagoTRS's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Bolingbrook, IL
Posts: 1,381
Feedback: 1 / 100%
                     
Well worked on it for about an hour last night...got some 3M Fine Cut Polishing Compound and 3M Hand Glaze...tried it on a few scratches on my truck first to make sure I could do it without screwing up the paint/clearcoat. Used my friends WEN Random Orbital Buffer...this thing is soo much better than my piece of shit $50 buffer...now thinking about upgrading buffers.

Anyway...did it on the truck first...didn't screw anything up and was able to remove some fine scratches. Then moved on to the Trep...not really much luck...maybe faded the scratches a little...hard to tell but really did not help much. Tried the Meguiars Scratch X again and managed to add a few light scratches...stopped that pretty quickly. I give up...made an appointment to get it fixed at a body shop. Friend of mine works there and he said no prob...will do the entire hood for less than $50 and he will fill in any chips (have one or two already). So taking it in next week...happy with this solution...will update with results.

]
ChicagoTRS is offline  
post #14 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-14-2002, 03:32 PM
Intrepid Pro
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Posts: 1,804
Feedback: 0 / 0%
                     
Excellent! Can't beat the price fer sure, and having the friend in the industry is probably your best luck of the deal!

Yeah, as I bet you've read, I took back the $40 Sears special and went with the Porter Cable unit. Haven't got it or the pads yet, but probably by the end of the week. In case you missed it, check this post:

https://www.dodgeintrepid.net/forums/...e&pagenumber=2

Well, I hope they set it back perfect for you at the price stated. That would please me too, under the circumstances...

Tom.
Snorton Norton is offline  
post #15 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-14-2002, 03:46 PM
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 8,649
Feedback: 0 / 0%
                     
Yeah I hope it works out for you. I took my car to a "professional" shop that came highly recommended. Unfortunately, after having it for a day all they mangaed to do was cover the car in swirl marks. I complained and took it back two days later for them to redo. Well, when I picked it up the second time the swirls were gone (or at least covered up) by even more swirls. You had to have it the right light to see them, but it's not that hard. And now that the wax has worn off, it's been over a month since it happened, they are even more noticeable. Needless to say I'll never go back there and I have now paid my price for being lazy. :(

I hope your experience is much better than mine with the "professionals" out there...
dbaudiopro is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the DodgeIntrepid.Net Forums - Dodge Intrepid, Concorde, 300m and Eagle Vision chat forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

Member names may only be composed of alpha-numeric characters. (A-Z and 0-9)

!!ATTENTION ADVERTISERS!! If you intend on advertising anything on this forum, whatsoever, you are required to first contact us here . Additionaly, we do NOT allow BUSINESS NAMES unless you are an Authorized Vendor. If you own a business, and want to do sales on this site via posting or private message, you will need to follow the rules. Shops, Stores, Distributors, Group Buys without being authorized will see your account terminated.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Linear Mode Linear Mode
Rate This Thread:



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome