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Old 05-02-2007, 06:05 AM
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Clearcoat Scratch

I just got an 07 Silverado and there is about a 7 inch scratch in the clearcoat below the drivers mirror. It is only in the clearcoat but you can feel it with your fingernail. The dealer wants to buff it out. Should I have him do that, leave it as it is, or any suggestions?
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Old 05-02-2007, 06:51 AM
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A lot depends on how deep the scratch is.
If it's the factory original paint and you can feel the scratch with
your fingernail, chances are it's to deep to buff out without going through
and exposing the basecoat. The basecoat has to have clear on it,
or it will deteriorate quickly.
I'm suprised he would even attempt to buff it out, I wouldn't do it,
to risky and I'd be liable to fix a real mess.
Factory clears are to thin to start with.
Chances are the clear is already off unless it's a very light scratch,
but so light that a fingernail couldn't catch it.
I think you'll end up needing more clear either way eventually.
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I am not a painter but I stayed at a holiday inn last night.LOL. I am a mechanic that has hung around a friends body shop for a few years. I have seen him and his son repair such scratches by carefully building up the clear with an artist brush a coat at a time. When it has cured do a color sand and buff. When they are done you would have to have known where it was to find it, even then sometimes you can't find it. Good luck maybe you can find someone that knows how to do it that way. Brian
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