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Title: scratch/chip repair and full detail
Post by: Dan J on 19 April 2009, 22:18
as some of you know my mk3 has some scratches down the sides so i ordered some touch up from lupogtiboy :emthup: last month and set to work on these scratches and chips on the bonnet and wings

first port of call was to prep the scratches and clean the many layers of sealant and wax that its had put on it in the last 2 years.
(http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd176/dubplatedan/DSC01133.jpg)
(http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd176/dubplatedan/DSC01132.jpg)
(http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd176/dubplatedan/DSC01130.jpg)
preping!!! DONE

now for the paint, mystic blue pearl:)
(http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd176/dubplatedan/DSC01138.jpg)
i then filled the scratches with the paint,
(http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd176/dubplatedan/DSC01144.jpg)
(http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd176/dubplatedan/DSC01139.jpg)
(http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd176/dubplatedan/DSC01143.jpg)
(http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd176/dubplatedan/DSC01149.jpg)
(http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd176/dubplatedan/DSC01154.jpg)

once done i used a hairdryer to bake the paint on.
next stage was to flaten the paint down with some wet and dry 1200grit on a 3m finesse-it hand sanding pad and some prima quick detailer for lubrication
(http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd176/dubplatedan/DSC01148.jpg)
(http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd176/dubplatedan/DSC01152.jpg)
(http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd176/dubplatedan/DSC01155.jpg)
(http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd176/dubplatedan/DSC01156.jpg)
(http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd176/dubplatedan/DSC01157.jpg)
(http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd176/dubplatedan/DSC01158.jpg)
(http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd176/dubplatedan/DSC01153.jpg)
(http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd176/dubplatedan/DSC01151.jpg)
(http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd176/dubplatedan/DSC01150.jpg)
(http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd176/dubplatedan/DSC01159.jpg)
paint is now flush with the body,
next stage:
rotary mop with red soft mop head, autosmart evo fine compound
(http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd176/dubplatedan/DSC01163.jpg)
(http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd176/dubplatedan/DSC01164.jpg)
(http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd176/dubplatedan/DSC01165.jpg)
(http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd176/dubplatedan/DSC01166.jpg)
(http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd176/dubplatedan/DSC01167.jpg)
(http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd176/dubplatedan/DSC01168.jpg)
(http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd176/dubplatedan/DSC01169.jpg)
(http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd176/dubplatedan/DSC01171.jpg)
(http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd176/dubplatedan/DSC01172.jpg)

with the scratches mopped back smooth again i then applyed some ez creme glaze
(http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd176/dubplatedan/DSC01176.jpg)
then some factorysealant
(http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd176/dubplatedan/DSC01183.jpg)
and then finally some purple haze dodojuice
(http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd176/dubplatedan/DSC01190.jpg)
(http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd176/dubplatedan/DSC01191.jpg)

the final pics:
(http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd176/dubplatedan/DSC01188.jpg)
(http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd176/dubplatedan/DSC01186.jpg)
(http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd176/dubplatedan/DSC01178.jpg)
(http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd176/dubplatedan/DSC01198.jpg)
(http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd176/dubplatedan/DSC01202.jpg)
(http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd176/dubplatedan/DSC01203.jpg)
(http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd176/dubplatedan/DSC01204.jpg)
(http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd176/dubplatedan/DSC01210.jpg)
(http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd176/dubplatedan/DSC01211-1.jpg)
(http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd176/dubplatedan/DSC01170.jpg)
(http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd176/dubplatedan/DSC01199.jpg)
(http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd176/dubplatedan/DSC01201.jpg)
(http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd176/dubplatedan/DSC01200.jpg)
(http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd176/dubplatedan/DSC01209.jpg)

thanks for looking dudes:emthup: any comments or questions welcomed.



cheers Dan
Title: Re: scratch/chip repair and full detail on my mk3 gti
Post by: Guy on 19 April 2009, 22:26
looks minty mint!  :cool:

in comparison to the original paint how much does the scratch show up now... would you notice it if you weren't looking for it for example?
Title: Re: scratch/chip repair and full detail on my mk3 gti
Post by: Dan J on 19 April 2009, 22:35
cheers guy :wink:
only slightly but you have to look at certain angles, its by no means perfect, unfortunatly the paint doesnt match exactly as the origanal paint is older but it does look good in the flesh, standing beside it now you cant see the scratches which is a result for me,well the next person who owns it anyway lol
Title: Re: scratch/chip repair and full detail on my mk3 gti
Post by: eightyeightmph on 20 April 2009, 07:52
Thats really impressive dude! Job well done Id say! :afro:
Title: Re: scratch/chip repair and full detail on my mk3 gti
Post by: Niro on 20 April 2009, 12:46
Excellent work there,

Fab result well done, and good luck with the sale :smiley:
Title: Re: scratch/chip repair and full detail on my mk3 gti
Post by: Adam on 21 April 2009, 12:46
Looks good bud. Love the sine!

(Get some centre caps for the alloys)
Title: Re: scratch/chip repair and full detail on my mk3 gti
Post by: rheady on 21 April 2009, 20:52
Did you put any laquer on after the touch up paint before you sanded??
Title: Re: scratch/chip repair and full detail on my mk3 gti
Post by: Dan J on 21 April 2009, 21:33
no! just got it super smooth and have protected it with good quality glaze, sealant and wax,
Title: Re: scratch/chip repair and full detail on my mk3 gti
Post by: Niro on 22 April 2009, 08:17
Nicely done there,
I am in the process of doing my scratches and stone chips will post pics up when finished.

I will be laquering then sanding so we can see if theres any difference to a good polish and wax.

Great work :smiley:
Title: Re: scratch/chip repair and full detail on my mk3 gti
Post by: Uruk Hai on 22 April 2009, 19:50
That is realy impressive, I would be realy happy with a finish like that but I do get a bit worried about the thought of wet sanding the paint work  :undecided:
Title: Re: scratch/chip repair and full detail on my mk3 gti
Post by: Shady Pioneer on 22 April 2009, 21:55
That is realy impressive, I would be realy happy with a finish like that but I do get a bit worried about the thought of wet sanding the paint work  :undecided:

If I tried it I'd be shagged, so plan is to try a test panel first and see (like a scrap wing or something).
Title: Re: scratch/chip repair and full detail on my mk3 gti
Post by: Uruk Hai on 22 April 2009, 22:13
I've got a scratch on the kick panel that is too bad to polish out so I may try wetsanding that bit as it only shows when the passenger door's open  :undecided:
Title: Re: scratch/chip repair and full detail on my mk3 gti
Post by: Niro on 23 April 2009, 13:01
I use these from Polished bliss:

http://www.polishedbliss.co.uk/acatalog/mirka-abralon-sanding-discs-and-accessories-polish.html

Fantastic to use, and you can polish out the scratches by hand using a good compound :wink:
Title: Re: scratch/chip repair and full detail on my mk3 gti
Post by: mk3valver on 26 April 2009, 00:30
Looks well mate, your eye's not drawn to them which means the buyer may not notice, I've taken tips for my flash red mk3! Good luck with the sale!
Title: Re: scratch/chip repair and full detail on my mk3 gti
Post by: wil0 on 26 April 2009, 22:42
that looks awesome! I have a rust bubble, lacquer scratch, and a big bit of rust round the filler cap. im deffo going to have a go at the scratch and rust bubble on the door though.
All those polishes and waxes look expensive though? any reccomendations on what polishes and waxes i should buy?
Title: Re: scratch/chip repair and full detail on my mk3 gti
Post by: Niro on 27 April 2009, 12:17
that looks awesome! I have a rust bubble, lacquer scratch, and a big bit of rust round the filler cap. im deffo going to have a go at the scratch and rust bubble on the door though.
All those polishes and waxes look expensive though? any reccomendations on what polishes and waxes i should buy?


For hand application I'd use Mezerna Intenstive Polish and then finish with Meguiars #80 or a fine finishing polish.
These will bring out 2000/3000 wet & dry sand marks.
Title: Re: scratch/chip repair and full detail on my mk3 gti
Post by: *tell* on 29 April 2009, 19:33
 :shocked:
good work!
Title: Re: scratch/chip repair and full detail on my mk3 gti
Post by: GOLF_STU on 29 April 2009, 23:15
cracking job mate  :cool:
Title: Re: scratch/chip repair and full detail on my mk3 gti
Post by: dan_apps on 01 May 2009, 21:42
good result there Dan, just showed it to my mate who does panel beating & spraying for a living and his words were "fook me he did that with a sh!t stick and a polisher, good job" :grin:
Title: Re: scratch/chip repair and full detail
Post by: jaydubveedub on 06 July 2009, 16:38
Nice work, awesome result.

Just shows how much you can do it you are willing to take your time over it.
Title: Re: scratch/chip repair and full detail
Post by: mellow yellow on 11 February 2010, 12:18
I have a couple of deep scratches on the rear door above the window. would it be possible for me to use the above method but without the machine polish and just do it by hand?
Title: Re: scratch/chip repair and full detail
Post by: Dan J on 11 February 2010, 12:31
I have a couple of deep scratches on the rear door above the window. would it be possible for me to use the above method but without the machine polish and just do it by hand?

firstly i would say only attempt this if you are confident about wet sanding and understand fully the methods involved as you could end up doing more damage,

no you really need a rotory or a DA to buff out the sanding marks,i had to do several passes with the rotory to get the finish i wanted, you'll be there forever trying to do it by hand.

my advise would be get someone to do it for you if you havent got all the necessary equipment.
Title: Re: scratch/chip repair and full detail
Post by: mellow yellow on 11 February 2010, 16:24
ok cool, my mate runs a body shop so i can access the equipment anyway. I have wet sanded before so that isn't a problem. I will probably just get it to that stage and get him to give it a full mop for me.

Cheers for the advice.
Title: Re: scratch/chip repair and full detail
Post by: Dan J on 11 February 2010, 22:59
ok cool, my mate runs a body shop so i can access the equipment anyway. I have wet sanded before so that isn't a problem. I will probably just get it to that stage and get him to give it a full mop for me.

Cheers for the advice.

pleasure dude :wink:

i used 1500 grit to rub the paint down that id filled the scratches in with, but you could go for 2000 as it would be less aggressive and slightly easier to buff out, if you can....leave the paint to harden for as long as possible so you dont strip it out of the scratch when your mate buffs it.
Title: Re: scratch/chip repair and full detail
Post by: Stokie Mac on 27 February 2010, 21:57
GOOD Work mate..
Looks MINT..
 :cool:
Title: Re: scratch/chip repair and full detail
Post by: thai-wronghorse on 27 June 2010, 08:33
And todays mission is....
Title: Re: scratch/chip repair and full detail
Post by: Dan J on 28 June 2010, 15:12
And todays mission is....

lol yer it was a bit of a mission but a mission well worth the effort tbh, it looked nasty before i done it and stuck out even more when it was fully prept so i bit the bullet and went for it and would do it all over again if it was needed.
anyway hope you found this thread usefull
Title: Re: scratch/chip repair and full detail
Post by: rs_dude on 01 September 2011, 16:25
That looks pretty impressive.

I have done that before to hide a few stone chips!