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Hey all,

I'm a bit inexperienced when it comes to stuff like this. But how do i get this mark off? Can it be polished out?







Basically my Pa decided to move the big green bin away from its normal sitting place at the bottom on out garden. And basically just nudged the corner of my front end. The mark doesnt go deep, just on the surface but I cant rub off with my finger so i guess its going to need some extra care and attention.

Any advice would be great, as much info on products and equipment would be superb as i have never dealt with getting out marks before, ta very muchlee

Lai Lai :D
 

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I guess the first question is where you said you can't rub it off - you need to check if it's marked ON, or removed paint OFF the bumper.

If it's the former you can polish it off. If it's the latter you'll first need to fill in the missing paint...
 

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Hi. Before trying Scratch-X, try polishing it by hand. Daft as it sounds hot soapy water might loosen it as the wheelie bins are soft so it might have just transferred some paint onto your bumper. Be patient with the polish. You might need to give it a few goes. Scratch-X is quite harsh so be careful. Pity you are not nearer, good luck.
 

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And up the chain of command we go :D

Before trying any polish, first of all, try to remove it with clay - it is surprising how much this gets off; if you think about it, some clays are strong enough to remove overspray, so a little bit of plastic off the bin shouldn't be an issue. I doubt you'll even need to polish it, although if you use an aggressive clay, a light polish (even by hand) after, will restore the gloss and remove any marring!

Good luck..

Matt.
 

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I don't think she would like to get her nails that dirty... using clay.. I know my wife wouldn't. CTR-Girl what car cleaning product do you own this may help us advise you as i take it you don't want to be going out buying clay bars and such for a little scuff.
 

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Just realised my spell check renamed you as Shaun wisdom, quite like that actually
 

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Before you try using anything slightly abrasive, give it a good rub with white spirit on a soft cotton rag made into a pad shape.
It won't harm the paintwork and with luck will remove the little chap.;)
As it doesn't look like the undercoat of your car.
 

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cooks chix&b.bean sauce
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I don't think she would like to get her nails that dirty... using clay.. I know my wife wouldn't. CTR-Girl what car cleaning product do you own this may help us advise you as i take it you don't want to be going out buying clay bars and such for a little scuff.

Oit you...........less of that! :eek:

I am currently using Megs NXT generation shampoo and their polish or Kleers ultimate detailer.
 

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I concur with Shaun.

Some good old tcut will suffice for a quick hand rub (oo err!). If its the colour from the bin it should rub off quite easily with no ill effects.

If the marking is in the gel coat, then you can probably polish it out. Some more specialist polish will help here such as Scratch X as you can then choose the grading according to what you're seeing. Remember always start light (fine) and work upwards in grade towards course. Only increase grade of cut if the lower polish won't cut the mark out. Also, if hand polishing, make sure the polish is suitable for hand use as many are suitable for machine polishing only. However, if the damage to the gel coat is deep beware strike through.

If the paint has been removed and the white is actually the undercoat showing through, then you're in trouble - respray time, although you may be able to get a smart repairer to match the paint and blend in a repair for around £60.

Also, I should add, if you can catch a nail in a groove in the scratch, then its probably too deep to polish out. Its important therefore with this test to establish if its bin deposited on car or paint removed from surface before doing the test as a nail will catch in paint deposited ON the car from a 3rd party source as its stands proud.
 

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Before you try using anything slightly abrasive, give it a good rub with white spirit on a soft cotton rag made into a pad shape.
It won't harm the paintwork and with luck will remove the little chap.;)
As it doesn't look like the undercoat of your car.
+1 good choice
 
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