Scraped my car

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  1. hbcaligirl1985

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    I hit one of those red pillars at a KFC and now have a lovely long red mark on my Silver car. Naturally I'm freaking out because I don't have the $$ to fix it and I would really rather my poor grandpa not see what happened either. Is there any way to fix this? Sandpaper? Paint Thinner? Or just coverup paint?
     
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  3. JustMe

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    I would be very hesitant to try to fix this myself.
     
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    It'll be worth it in the long run to just take it into a good car paint place (avoid those places where they do it super cheaply, they won't do not do a proper job).
     
  5. TeacherGroupie

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    Hugs, hbcali.

    You could try some of the following:

    Corvette Forum (http://forums.corvetteforum.com/c4-general-discussion/1101621-how-to-remove-paint-streaks.html) recommends starting with a pencil eraser - and makes the very sensible point that one wants to start with the least abrasive choice first.

    Denatured alcohol is recommended here: http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=149512.

    USAToday (http://content.usatoday.com/communi...an-your-car-and-other-odd-tips/1#.T-P3z46xpS8) calls this a "paint transfer" and suggests applying common lighter fluid for 20 to 30 seconds with a towel, then rubbing lightly.

    Readers of the Web site Bob Is The Oil Guy (http://www.bobistheoilguy.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=1509663) recommend Meguiar's Scratch-X 2.0, which you can get at an auto-parts store or possibly even at the likes of Walmart. If it looks like the paint isn't deep, you could also try Scratch-Out (http://www.kitwax.com/html/kitProducts.htm).
     
  6. hbcaligirl1985

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    :hugs: thank you teachergroupie. Definitely kicking myself for going out to get food right now.
     
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    Back in high school I ran into a mail box (you know, one of those big blue ones in front of the post office lol). I used nail polish remover to take the paint off. It was a small area (about the size of a quarter), so I don't know if it would work on a larger one.
     
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    More hugs, hbcali.
     
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    I don't know exactly what to do, but if you have paint on your car, that can be taken off. I had rubbed up against posts etc before, and the paint got transferred, and i was able to get it off - just don't remember how. The problem is when you have the paint come off of your car (like a scratch, etc).
     
  10. JustMe

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    So there is no actual scratch?
     
  11. mrachelle87

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    Sometimes a scratch that isn't too deep can be buffed out...a good car wash and detail company can tell you if they can do it.
     
  12. hbcaligirl1985

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    The red paint from one of those posts got on my car--so it's covering the silver of my precious precious Hyundai that I love to death. You know, until I win the lotto and can get a more awesome one. But for real--this is my first car and I love it as much now as I did in 2003 when my grandpa bought it as my graduation present paid in full.
     
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    The Nail Polish remover worked!!! *-* car is as good as new!
     
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    Glad to see things worked out well, hbc! It's those unexpected to costs that just kill us! :)
     
  15. ChristyF

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    I'm glad it worked! I kept me out of trouble, too. :D
     
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    Yay!
     
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    I was going to say a rubbing compound... I would keep an eye on it being that nail polish remover (removes the nail polish)... I hope the clear coat that's on the car wasn't removed as well....
     
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    Nope, it wasn't! :)
     
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    Glad it worked! I will have to remember this trick. Things have a way of jumping out of nowhere and scraping my car LOL
     
  20. TeacherGroupie

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    TeacherNY, I'd urge trying some of the less forceful options first, for precisely the reason that Diznee mentions.
     
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    Awesome. You can also buff out scratches with toothpaste!! I think it has to be the whitening kind..
     
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    Sorry this happened to you in the 1st place, but glad the nail polish remover worked!

    On a regular old morning backing out of my garage that I've backed out of a million times to go to work a few months ago, I slightly scraped the back side of my car. It's not that big, nor too, too noticeable, but I'll get it fixed eventually since my car's still pretty new...a 2009.
     
  23. hbcaligirl1985

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    My grandpa was shocked. I eventually told him today what happened (I had taken a picture of it with my cell) and he was so impressed with the nail polish remover--he called his brother in law who does work on cars to share my new found remedy lol.
     
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    Fist, you need to practice driving through KFC :lol:

    Next you need to put a coat of wax on the area because the Nail Polish remover HAS taken off some wax AND some clear coat,

    Nail Polish remover is a solvent and it does remove clear coat and wax! whether you can see it or not.
     

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