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    Thread: How to get scuff marks off my bumper?

    1. 12-13-2005 07:21 PM #1
      hi --

      So, okay, I'm a newbie to this whole thing, i admit, so please--be kind. So, i got a 2005 1.8T and I am really happy with it. Coolest car I have ever owned. But some ******** gouged and scuffeed my bumper area, on the left/back side. Not the metal, the plastic part. I got some touch up paint, which helped part of it, but I still have these rubbings/scuff marks and I can't figure out how to get them out. I have looked all over for scuff removers and have found a few but now I am thinking I should just take it to a detailer so they can do it correctly.

      You guys have any suggestions?

      thanks a lot!
      -mike


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      12-13-2005 07:24 PM #2
      i was going to say touch up paint but you got that already, if you cant wax it out then try buffing. or just bring it to someone to detail the whole thing and hope for the best

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      12-13-2005 07:27 PM #3
      Have you tried taking a school eraser to it. The ones like on the ends of pencils. That is how i took mine off of my 02 gti.

    4. 12-13-2005 07:29 PM #4
      really? that sounds like something I am going to do....right now! be right back.

      thanks!
      mike


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      12-13-2005 07:42 PM #5
      Let me know how it pans out for you..

    6. 12-13-2005 07:46 PM #6
      what about claybar it?

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      12-13-2005 07:46 PM #7
      Possibly mr. clean magic eraser for the car on the scuffs. for the gouges you are out of luck. 400-500 for a new paint job on the bumper. I have similar problems parking in Los Angeles. you could give bug and tar remover a shot also.

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      12-13-2005 07:50 PM #8
      Quote, originally posted by voiceprint1 »
      Possibly mr. clean magic eraser for the car on the scuffs. for the gouges you are out of luck. 400-500 for a new paint job on the bumper. I have similar problems parking in Los Angeles. you could give bug and tar remover a shot also.


      Wow. If you pay that much for the paint and body work you are getting seriously hosed. Not unless god is doing the clearcoat. 300 max.


    9. 12-13-2005 07:52 PM #9
      Hi guys--

      Thanks for the suggestions. No luck with the eraser; I rubbed it on and then used a cleaning cloth to rub on top of the rubbin', but no love. The scuffs aren't crazy, but they bug me. I was good with touch up paint, but I think it needs to be buffed down a bit, you can feel (and see) where I applied the paint. I only used the paint because the gouge was deep enough that you could see a lightish grey instead of the indigo--the scuffs are just rubbings on the indigo and are light enough to only be seen when you are looking for them or looking at an angle. Totally frustrating; the car is less than a month old. I will look around when I am up in SF for a store that has some anti-scuff materials to recommend; perhaps using wax will "fill in" the scuffs and then I can buff them out.

      So weak! But thanks for the help. I realize I should probably have taken some pictures; I will do so tomorrow.

      later,
      mike


    10. 12-13-2005 07:53 PM #10
      Where can one get a claybar? would that "fill in" the scuffs?

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      12-13-2005 07:53 PM #11
      Quote, originally posted by voiceprint1 »
      Possibly mr. clean magic eraser for the car on the scuffs.

      Might not be such a sweet idea. Someone else did that and screwed up his paint.


    12. 12-13-2005 07:55 PM #12
      rubbing alcohol does the trick sometimes

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      12-13-2005 07:55 PM #13
      Quote, originally posted by Gorgeous »

      Might not be such a sweet idea. Someone else did that and screwed up his paint.

      Yeah i can vouch for that...


    14. 12-13-2005 07:58 PM #14
      I will check out the mr. clean eraser--thanks! actually, i just read the other post, I will check out to see if it affected someone's paint job!

      thankfully, the gouge was not that terribly deep--the paint works fine, but I just need to rub it down a bit.

      thanks,
      mike


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      12-13-2005 08:00 PM #15
      Quote, originally posted by rikemomo »
      I just need to rub it down a bit.


      New sig....


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      12-13-2005 08:01 PM #16
      LA area can be high for things like this. I called around and even stopped into a shop and they were all in this range. so I just forgot about it.

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      12-13-2005 08:02 PM #17
      Quote, originally posted by voiceprint1 »
      LA area can be high for things like this. I called around and even stopped into a shop and they were all in this range. so I just forgot about it.

      Wow. Totally worth the drive to Murrieta...


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      12-13-2005 08:07 PM #18
      Do you have any pictures of the damage?

    19. 12-13-2005 08:09 PM #19
      someone is going to try to stab me when i say this, try WD-40, it can also take the grease off the rocker panel, be careful with it! (Also great on tree sap and bird ****)

    20. 12-13-2005 08:13 PM #20
      I'll take some tomorrow morning before I go to work. Then you can laugh at the hideous job I did filling in the gouged area!

      The scuffs have a very light texture--as opposed to just stuff left on the bumper itself--so I feel like I need to fill in the scuff with something and then buff it out.

      thanks--and Letterman52, thanks for .sig idea! hilarious!

      -mike


    21. 12-13-2005 08:14 PM #21
      Here's how it works, stop by the dealership body shop or possibly a body shop but go with the first one especially if you bought it there.

      Just drive behind it, walk in and ask to see the manager, tell him you just bought the car, love it but some dink (ha ha no censor ) scuffed it and see he can get one of his guys, probably the new car detailer/polish guys to just try and polish it out real quick.

      With any luck it'll be free, could cost you lunch but most likely it will save you $$$ until someone rear ends you six months later , try it, it works, I scratched my hood and got the white of the scratch taken out no problem then did $8000's in damage a year later Good thing I didn't pay to get that scratch fixed.


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      12-13-2005 08:24 PM #22
      depending on the severity of the scuff/scratch, i start with :

      and then use:

      Usually if its small I just use the Polishing compound.
      Make sure you don't rub too hard though, because its similar to using very very fine sand paper, except wet.
      After that wax it with a good wax (I use Meguires gold class)


    23. 12-13-2005 08:25 PM #23
      Wow--great idea! I will bring it by tomorrow; the dealer is 2 blocks away from my house. I will email my guy there and see what he can do.

      thanks..should have thought of that one..


    24. 12-13-2005 08:26 PM #24
      Very, very cool! If my dealer doesn't hook me up (please dealer, hook me up), i will check this stuff out.

      thanks for the help, I really appreciate it.


    25. 12-14-2005 02:00 PM #25
      hi--
      So, I took some pictures. the car looks so DIRTY, but oh well.

      first shot - the long view:

      second - a different angle, but you can see what the scuff looks like pretty well.


      third - you can see that the touch up paint needs to be taken down. ugh.

      finally, a close up of my touch up job. any ideas on how to rub this one down?


      thanks...this is so frustrating!


    26. 12-14-2005 02:03 PM #26
      That's more scuff that I had pictured.....Careful wetsanding might take that out.

    27. 12-14-2005 02:16 PM #27
      yeah...it looks like a trip to da detailer for me...I think it came from the bumper of one of those overly jacked up trucks that I parked near. Why must they torment me so??

      thanks--


    28. 12-14-2005 06:21 PM #28
      Well, I took it to my dealer and it looks like aside from the gouge, that it was actually a tire that did all the scuffing. should be no big deal to get out. relief!!! My dealer is gonna try to hook me up with a detailer to get me a good price...life is good...

    29. 12-14-2005 06:24 PM #29
      just remember what a "good" price means at a dealership

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      12-14-2005 07:23 PM #30
      i would try some clearcoat compoud, its made by No.7 like the pictures above, its a liquid, but it does wonders.

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