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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 29-07-2020, 08:16 Thread Starter
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A scratch on the side

No I donīt want a scratch on my side, I have discovered one on the van.

I havenīt noticed it before yesterday when the sun was at an angle that showed it up, looks as if I caught a sturdy twig and it goes all the way along the side of the van.
This morning it is not visible with the sun being behind the van.

I also have a short vertical scratch on one widow. Advice on how to deal with Both problems please.

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It would depend on.how bad the damage is. How deep and wide the scratches are.

A couple of close.up photos would help.

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It would depend on.how bad the damage is. How deep and wide the scratches are.
The one on the van just looks like a white paint streak done with a kiddies paint brush.
The window scratch I can only see from certain angles so not too deep, but not one of the light marks you get if some twit has cleaned it when dry with a dry cloth.

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OK. Depth and width are important.

Without knowing of what we speak I'll tell you that many scratches can be "polished out" using T Cut or a professional cutting agent. Best done by hand, which is gentler but tedious. If you are inexperienced as it is perfectly possible to go through all the paint.

Do the above and finish with a polish if it works. By the sound of your big scratch I think you might do better taking it to a bodyshop for advice, if you know of a trustworthy one who won't just tell you to repaint the side. Repainting may be the perfect solution but it may be possible to make the scratch much less visible and live with it.

There are plastic window scratch restorers you can buy which will remove some scratches.

I use this https://www.amazon.es/gp/product/B01...?ie=UTF8&psc=1 use a little polish on the paint afterwards.

It can be used to do both jobs. Can be used on pvc windows due to it's low ammonia content.

All the above is said without seeing the job so it may be utterly wrong.
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Have successfully removed light scratches from polycarbonate windows by carefully polishing out using toothpaste on a damp cloth, took a while and loads of elbow grease. Deeper scratches requires a more abrasive compound like brasso mixed with some liquid soap on a damp cloth.

Make sure to clean any dirt off windows first or risk making it worse.

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Well I canīt make out what it is, I have been up the step ladder with a magnifying glass and its just a brighter white streak, no scratch at all.
I put a bit of silver polish cleaner (thought that might be kinder than brasso) I just gently rubbed a small spot, but all that has done is made it extremely clean, the mark still shows, but you have to really know what youīre looking for to spot it, as I know its there its annoying.

When I pass my body work man I will ask him to have a look, maybe he has some magic stuff to put it right and perhaps the window as well, but that I can ignore anyway.

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Might help with part of your problem

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I will put you in my favourites ( I am assuming as you too are recently back from your holiday or is that coincidence)
When the weather is cooler and if I find these grades of wet and dry in the workshop and I feel brave enough, I will have a go, but donīt know about the polish I suppose there must be an equivalent, I will have to enquire. Thanks for spotting my thread.

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If it’s only very faint I would be inclined to leave well alone rather than risk making matters worse.

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Maybe this will help if you use toothpaste.

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