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Old 27 Jun 2004, 12:19 pm
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Default Fixing a key scratch

Several weeks ago, some kind individual thought my hood would look better if it had a nice long scratch on it. They were considerate enough to do it for me, and as a result I now have about an 18 inch scratch mark running across the front part of my hood. I happen to perfer my hood without the scratch and would like to know if there is an easy way to repair this. Absent that, any ideas about how much it should cost to have it fixed professionally?? Thanks.
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Old 27 Jun 2004, 06:23 pm
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That SUCKS.[xx(] I had a scratch in another car fixed.Took it to a
body shop they said there was two ways to do it.Repaint the whole
hood or he could sand it out fill it in and buff it out.I choosed
the last one it came out good and he only charged me 25.I was
happy. somebody else will have other ideas.Good luck
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Old 27 Jun 2004, 06:30 pm
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The above sounds like a winner to me. You get what you pay for when it comes to paint... [:I]

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Old 27 Jun 2004, 07:19 pm
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That sounds like a winner to me, $25 is a very good price, methinks.
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Old 27 Jun 2004, 08:34 pm
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If the scratch can be felt with your fingernail, it has gone through the clear coat. Buffing may improve it but it won't make it perfect. When you look at a scratch, it is the light reflecting from the walls of it that make it noticable. By buffing, you smooth the walls even with the highest point. Thats why I tell people on a percentage basis how it can be improved. Some scratches will disappear if only on the top layer of the clear. Gary
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