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#1 Old 08-02-2010, 10:05 PM
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Does detailing the exterior remove scratches?

I have a Magnetic Gray 2011 Camry if i get the exterior detailed will it remove the light scratches that i have on it? or will it just hide it or cover it up from a far distance but it will still be visible from close up? and for how long will it last?


and a few more question sorry about all the stupid questions I'm just trying to get the facts straight. How much will it cost to touch up the paint on this type of car? I've read somewhere its only $250 then i recall reading a post of someone looking for quotes from body-shops to repaint his 2011 Camry and he said he was getting quotes from $750-$950 is this the type of quote for an entire paint job or for something like a simple touch up on a specific area?

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is this the type of paint job that can be done at any body shop or only at the dealer?

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can you take a picture of your light "scratched"?

touch up paint is about 9-10 bucks at the dealer, just bring your VIN number
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wow only $9 to $10? sounds too good to be true but im gonna call tomorrow and find out about that lol ill take a picture tomorrow during the day and put it up for you guys.. thanx for the help can anyone else answer the rest of the questions maybe? and oh sorry i met to put "light scratches" it was a typo.
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Scratches are scratches.
They are not going to come out.
Just wax the car every few months and try to protect the paint the best you can.
The more often you touch the paint,the more scratches you will add to the finish.
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thanx floyd. not the exact answer i wanted to hear but none the less the answer that i thought was the answer lol
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Need to post some pics. Scratches is a subjective term. If you're not through to the primer, most of the time you can save it. You'll need a good reputable detailer, Post your location, I can probably refer someone...

You can do paint correction, I've been detailing for 20 years- with a good detailer, you can definitely remove a LOT of imperfections.

For example, my '90 SHO



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Scratches are scratches.
They are not going to come out.
Just wax the car every few months and try to protect the paint the best you can.
The more often you touch the paint,the more scratches you will add to the finish.
Excuse me for my rudeness but bullshit. I would not have taken up detailing as a hobby if I weren't 100% sure I could have scratch/swirl free paint


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Right on, Isaac...

Scratches are not just scratches, and I think we can save this Camry...

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Hell yeah! Even touch up paint can be blended to OEM goodness

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lol thanx joe dirt and eyez for keeping me positive and taking the time to respond. ill post some pics first thing tomorrow so you guys can give me some more advice. I'm confident this thread will help many people
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lol thanx joe dirt and eyez for keeping me positive and taking the time to respond. ill post some pics first thing tomorrow so you guys can give me some more advice. I'm confident this thread will help many people
there's 50+ threads about scratches and how to fix them..

how bad is the scratch? or is it a big scrape?

paying something like $250 would be to have the entire bumper repainted or having an entire panel painted...$800 bucks could get you an entire paint job at maaco's
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Issac is right. With the right materials you can remove swirl marks, light scatches, oxidation etc. Unless your scratches are right through the paint or clear coat. It sounds like you need paint correction not a full
paint job. I also do my own detailing and buy most of my supplies from www.autogeek.net.

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Scratches are scratches.
They are not going to come out.
Just wax the car every few months and try to protect the paint the best you can.
The more often you touch the paint,the more scratches you will add to the finish.
Technically a scratch will not come out once the damage has been done.
Correct, but there IS something you can do about it, aka minimize it aka"removing" the scratch.

Once a scratch is there, it is because of material REMOVED, such as the clear coat or the paint itself, unless you do something to minimize the appearance by doing things such as polishing and what not. Which actually removes a thin layer of clear coat so the actual scratch isnt AS deep, or removes the thickness of the scratch so the scratch isnt visible anymore but in the end a thin layer of clear coat WAS removed.

So in ways you ARE right and Wrong.

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thanx for the knowledge glenn and camry! here is a picture of it.. when it first happened it was easy to catch on camera because i sent to to my brother so he can check it out then he told me to get scratch out. and it did some justice but now when i was trying to take a picture of it with my iphone again i had a hard time getting the scratch on camera even in the sun maybe because i dont have flash i dont know or maybe after putting the scratch out wax on the area on about 4 different occasions it maybe did some justice to it but i can still see it from close but not so much from far. maybe because i kno exactly where the scratches are so i can spot it like nothin lol but here's the best picture i got after like 20 takes lol will a detailing on the exterior cover this up further? just askin cause im gonna detail it anyway in sept to protect the paint

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Hmm, sorta hard to tell. If its a deep scratch, an efficient detailer can round the edges with wetsanding and polishing to make it almost invisible to the normal eye. At least, thats my take for the upper half of the mark. As for the bottom half, I removed plenty of those in the past. Usually sacrifices at most 10 microns of paint

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