Question : I HAVE a 1996 Audi A4 that is metallic
gold in color. A few light scratches
have appeared in the paintwork on
the door as a result of some inconsiderate person pushing a supermarket trolley
against the side of my vehicle. I understand that light scratches can be
removed. Can you advise?
Answer : SCRATCHES, chips and dents are all part of the harsh life a vehicle's
paintwork has to endure. Fortunately, paint technology is a lot better than
what it used to be and modern paints are better in withstanding
knocks and scratches while presenting even
higher levels of lustre that many vehicle owners desire.
Metallic paints consist of fine metallic particles suspended in a solid
color base. The
metallic base is first applied to the prepared
(primed) metal surface, followed by one or
more coats of clear lacquer that give the
paint its final shine and depth of color.
Unfortunately, the lacquer layer can easily
be scratched and this is the type of damage
you are referring to.
The extent of damage depends on how
deep the scratch to the lacquer layer is. If the
scratch is only superficial, it can easily be
"rubbed out" using a good quality wax polish or perhaps a fine grade rubbing compound.
Apply a little polish or compound to a
slightly damp cloth and rub in the direction
of the scratch using moderate force, reducing
the amount of downward pressure as the
Allow the polish to dry to a haze before
gently buffing off with soft cloth. Never use a
machine as in the hands of the inexperienced, is likely to wear through the lacquer
layer, necessitating a complete respray.