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Old 01-02-2013, 08:38 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Backing out of the garage this morning and not paying attention I scraped the drivers back side with the garage molding. No dent, just paint transfer from the molding. Cleaned it up a little but was in a hurry to get to work, plus it was dark. What is the best way to remove this from the paint and black molding without taking it to a body shop? Thanks.

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Old 01-02-2013, 08:44 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Bummer! You might try a little mild polishing compound (not rubbing compound). But, your clear coat might be scratched up.
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I feel your pain .

I had a similar experience backing into a garage. I had paint scrapes from the garage on the back corner, including the black molding. I stopped by a local body shop. They simply buffed the scrape off. Fortunately, it came off 100% from the metal. The black molding still shows a faint trace, but you wouldndn't notice it unless it was pointed out. It took 5 minutes and they did it gratis. I gratefully tipped him and am now much more careful backing up .
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I feel your pain .

I had a similar experience backing into a garage. I had paint scrapes from the garage on the back corner, including the black molding. I stopped by a local body shop. They simply buffed the scrape off. Fortunately, it came off 100% from the metal. The black molding still shows a faint trace, but you wouldndn't notice it unless it was pointed out. It took 5 minutes and they did it gratis. I gratefully tipped him and am now much more careful backing up .
FWIW .... On a brand new vehicle , this is exactly what I would do . Even if they charged you a small fee it would be better than "experimenting" with removal procedures and having a mess on your hands
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That sucks. I have done something like this before, except it was my parent's car, who had just pulled into the driveway and I was not paying attention...damaged my rear fender and their front fender.

First, you might want to try high pressure spray. If that fails, I remember seeing this video about a guy using Optimum Power Clean to remove latex paint from his vehicle.


Anyway, hopefully it's just paint, but I suspect you also scratched the clear, if not through to the paint. If so, you will have to buff it out as much as possible. I would go to a professional to do that though, because you would not want to burn through the clear. They may be able to get completely rid the surface of any scratches, or at least make them hardly noticeable. I would opt for hardly noticeable than go down the road of repainting.

As far as plastic goes, I have heard of people using Pine Sol, but high pressure spray may work. If you scratched the plastic, well, unfortunately, you are likely SOL. That is one reason why I prefer all painted surfaces....they can be cleaned, buffed and repaired. The only option with damaged unpainted plastic parts is to live with it or replace.

Good luck!
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go buy a product called mothers clay , its a bar and removers paint from surfaces , check to make sure its safe for the moldings
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I've had similar problems with other vehicles. Here's what I did:

For paint that transferred TO the car - I use Meguiar's ScratchX. It's mildly abrasive and may require more time than harder compounds but at least you don't take off more than you should. When done properly, it's like nothing happened.

For the plastic trim/bumper - remember, it's a textured surface so using a harsh compound and/or rubbing motion might flatten the texture and make it look worse. I've had good luck with Meguiar's PlastX and a toothbrush. It's not going to even out any gouges or deep scratches but it will remove that annoying white crap where the damage is. Remember, easy does it.
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Took it to a body shop and they looked at it and then wiped it off with clean cloth with some paint thinner, the scuffed paint came right off. There is a light scratch which I will buffer out with some Optimum polish I have, then wax. Now just have to work on the black bumper. They suggested a tooth brush with soap and hot tap water first to soften the paint and it should come off, then apply some trim conditioner/restorer. I have the Ultimate Tire and Trim Guard Plus, so will use that. Will post pic when done. Thanks for your suggestions.
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Here is how it turned out. Dodged a bullet on this one. Thanks to all.
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have you beat. blew the entire rear window out, broke some of the trim and the rear wiper assembly. I now am an EXPERT at dealing with Hyundai's trim.

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