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Another use of Oil Pastel

By SYF77 on 26 Apr 2011

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I was a victim of vandalism a couple of months ago and the result is a 5cm deep scratch mark on the right door fender. My car was slightly over one year old then and I had a strong urge to send the car for a paint job. However, a bad paint job by Kah Motors on my former Pearl White FD Civic leaves me with second thoughts – one year after the work, the “2 tone” effect was very obvious. However, I was determined to find out if there were other options by visiting a reliable workshop at Kaki Bukit AutoBay, whom I have patronized before.

This uncle at the workshop examined the depth of the scratch and told me that it could not be polished off. I told him the story of my FD Civic and he also cautioned me on the possibility of “2 tone” effect should I choose to repaint the fender. He suggested that I live with the scratch mark. Before I left, he said that since my car is white, he recommended that I rub over the scratch mark with a white candle, so as to reduce the visibility. I tried that the next day, but the result was mediocre.

I believed the experiment failed because the pigmentation of the white candle was not strong enough. The idea of oil pastel struck my mind due to its wax-like texture and deeper pigmentation. I purchased a box of pentel oil pastel for $2.80 and carried out the experiment. To cut the story short, here’s the before and after photos:

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The oil pastel did help to mask out the scratch mark, though not 100%. However, I am happy with the result as a paint job would cost at least $150 and there is the after-fear of “2 tone” effect.

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I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.

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Crazybugger Apr 27 2011 08:17 AM
how long does the pastel last before you have to redo?
SYF77 May 15 2011 08:59 PM
about one month. Before re-do, polish the area.
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