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Unread 07-22-2016, 09:29 AM   #1
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Default Key scratch repair - next step

Hello.
I bought a car with a "key" scratch across each side, as you can guess big scratch attracts other ones. I couldnt look anymore and decided to do something with this. I ordered a touchup which includes base coat and clear coat. I put the case on the scratch but not sure what to do next, I think it looks even worse at the moment.
Here are the steps that I made:
1) I took the car to the car wash
2) I washed the scratch with a wax remover prep solvent
3) I put 3-4 coasts (depends on how deep it was) on the scratch with a brush
What should I do now? should I put the clear coat on it or should I sand it a little bit to level out the base coat?

Here is how it was before and right now.
Before:


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Make sure the new paint is filled in higher than the parent paint around the scratch. Then carefully wet sand the high party even with the original paint.
Use a soft block, and I would not go more coarse than 1k grit. Then once its even, and be sure not to sand it below, use 1500 and block atleast 6-8 inches around, making everything a smooth uniform finish. You can do the whole panel if you choose. Then repeat this step with 2k, then 2500 or 3k. Then polish with compound and polish and your favorite polisher.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2aC_oseMe4

Long video, but he knows his stuff. Mimic what he does and youll be alright.
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