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Buffing Out Fender Bender Procedure #4751810 05/09/18 08:28 AM
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My dear wife backed into a friend's car the other night. Luckily it appears not a lot of damage was done to the friend's car. LR tail light smashed and the white paint from our car was transferred on top of the charcoal grey paint of the friend's vehicle. We are not putting this under our insurance as it is most likely under our deductible. I have ordered a new LR tail light and plan on installing the new light and attempting to create magic by buffing out the markings. Upon a brief review it appears the original paint was not broken.

My question is what is the proper procedure to address this and hopefully make it all go away? I have some 3M scratch remover, a 6" Girot's orbital buffer and the normal stuff that comes with it, clay, wax, etc. Friend has been very chill about it all and we are committed to making it right if this does not work. TIA


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Re: Buffing Out Fender Bender Procedure [Re: Egg_Head] #4751816 05/09/18 08:35 AM
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What you suggested may work. Some Meguiars Ultimate Compound from Walmart may have more bite to it. Did you order a cheap tail light from Rock auto? That's nice of the friend to let you attempt to fix it. A huge savings. Body shop estimates are usually around a grand to $1500 for the most minor of things.

If you can't get it right, mobile auto painters can do some good work. The local dealer here uses them after trade-ins come out of their detail department. The dealer has a good body shop but uses the mobile guys instead.

Re: Buffing Out Fender Bender Procedure [Re: SatinSilver] #4751821 05/09/18 08:45 AM
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I ordered the OE tail light thru Amazon. I recall Girot's has polishes they rate at level 1,2, 3 etc. Do 3M, Mequires and other rate the "cut" of their product similar to sandpaper grades?


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Re: Buffing Out Fender Bender Procedure [Re: Egg_Head] #4751835 05/09/18 08:59 AM
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Megs Ultimate Compound has a strong cut that will remove scratches. The other part of the equation is using a polishing pad that has some good bite to it. Used together they should easily take care of it. Sure beats doing it by hand. Here's a chart from GG:

https://vidweb.aws.marketlive.com/griotsgarage_vid/text/pdf/padproductref.pdf

Re: Buffing Out Fender Bender Procedure [Re: Egg_Head] #4751840 05/09/18 09:08 AM
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Same thing happened to a friend of mine's car. Paint transfer, no paint film damage. Someone hit her parked car and left.
Took it to a detailer, they buffed and polished it. Looked as good as new when they were done.
$50 cash - good deal imo.


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Re: Buffing Out Fender Bender Procedure [Re: Danno] #4751842 05/09/18 09:10 AM
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^ That's an option also after the tail light is replaced.

Re: Buffing Out Fender Bender Procedure [Re: Egg_Head] #4752100 05/09/18 03:08 PM
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Please don't take it to any dealer, they know jack s...t about detailing, I see saw many brand new cars with holograms and swirls all over the car.

Just get yourself two foam pads for your GG - cutting (orange) and polishing (white). Grab a bottle of griots fast correcting cream and bottle of M205. Cut it first and then polish. Probably will cost you around 59$ if you order everything on Amazon


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Re: Buffing Out Fender Bender Procedure [Re: Egg_Head] #4752126 05/09/18 03:48 PM
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I'm sure Chrisfix has a video for this.


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Re: Buffing Out Fender Bender Procedure [Re: Egg_Head] #4752448 05/09/18 10:01 PM
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yes use meguiars ultimate compound and a blue or orange pad (from harbor freight--they are actually decent pads and on sale now with coupon for about $5) on a DA -not rotary polisher. today's compounds aren't like the old ones and with a DA you wont burn... you could also try a clay bar beforehand


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Re: Buffing Out Fender Bender Procedure [Re: Egg_Head] #4752449 05/09/18 10:03 PM
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also check out chemical guy's videos they have good videos and products but sometimes the million choices can get confusing.... but i did clean up a severely scratch truck with hf pads and meguiars ultimates and it went from looking like it was driven through bushes to looking new


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