Jump to content

MyCarForum Logo
Search
Magnifying glass

SEARCH

2

Scratch mark – a cavity that traps dirt

By SYF77 on 30 Dec 2011

Attached Image

My car has a deep scratch mark on the bonnet for almost a year. Recently, the unsightly mark seemed to become more obvious as it darkens in color and makes a stark difference against the white paintwork. I believed it is due to dirt accumulating in the cavity, just like how food remains get trapped in our tooth cavity.

Attached Image

Since it was Christmas day and I was idling at home, I decide to do a little experiment with a bottle of liquid clay bar that I bought some time ago. The liquid clay bar is supposed to be a deep cleanser that removes embedded dirt. It has a 3 layer system that contains a stain remover, wash and special clay compound according to the label on the bottle.
Attached Image
After giving the content in the bottle a good shake, I poured a small amount of the mixture onto the sponge and gently rubbed over the scratch mark. To my pleasant surprise, the scratch mark lightens up in shade. I proceed to wash away the mixture on the paintwork with clean water. After drying up the surface with a cloth, I applied a layer of wax to protect the surface as the clay compound will strip the any sealant that was applied before.

Below is the outcome after a 10 minutes’ work. Although the scratch mark is visible under closer inspection, it is far less obvious than before. I was pleased to have done something purposeful on a Christmas afternoon.
Attached Image

advice, discussions, other news and 6 more...

Viewed: 354 times

Related Blog Posts
SYF77
Written by SYF77
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.



  • 1
Darklord_88 Dec 31 2011 02:41 AM
why dun you use autogylm sratch remover? just apply and wipe..take less than 10 seconds
SYF77 Dec 31 2011 09:16 AM
Thanks for recommendation. I did try Turtle Wax deep scratch remover but the scratch is too deep to be effective. According the a few workshops that I've consulted, if you run a finger over it and can feel the scratch mark, the only way out is to respray.
  • 1
 
Car Makes

Please select a car make

Facebook Likes
   Featured Blog Post
Photo
The guide, while not mandatory, comes amid rising car complaints, mainly about defects. It is dev...
POPULAR BLOG POSTS
Photo
A shanghai court has awarded damages to Disney after a Chinese film illegally used characters and...
Photo
Car population down four percent as the total number of vehicles shrinks for third straight year....
Photo
Taxi giant ComfortDelGro says it wants to simplify cab fares. That can only be good news, says ST...
Photo
Hundreds of Tesla Model S and Model X owners recently gathered in China to set the 'Largest p...
Photo
With its main rivals all going down the turbocharged route, Lamborghini wants to be special by st...
   Lifestyle Articles