I had my new '03 A4-QM less than one month before a stinkin rock
shot up off the highway and nicked my paint (light silver). :-(
The nick isn't all the way down to the metal, but it got down to
the primer in one spot, and scratched a few others. You can
certainly feel it if you rub your finger over the nicked areas.
No area is much more than 1/8" long, but there are several.
The paint is clearcoated. So my question is: how do you repair
something like this? (I've done it many times on non-clearcoated
paint, but never on a true clearcoat.) I'm wondering if carefully
using a very small amount of rubbing compound (or polishing compound)
would help smooth things over. I'm a little scared to rub it because:
(1) the paint is still relatively new, and (2) I don't know what the
effect on the clearcoat would be. Do I paint it first and then sand
it lightly with 600 or 1000 grit? Or do I sand it first, then paint
it? Should I wait till everything is smoothed and painted before
applying the clearcoat? (The touch-up paint kit from the dealer
also came with a canister of clearcoat touch-up). Any advice?
This is easier to say than do: to keep these sort of nicks at a minimum,
don't follow too closely. Also, keep clear of nasty looking trucks that have
loose crap about them. Gravel is a good example. If crap is falling off and
bouncing down the road, try to avoid it (without running into someone...it
might be me).
'00 A4 1.8TQ
Bah, you got off easy. I got *tagged* bt a chunk of tire in upstate
New York a few months ago, it left a dent as large as my fist in the
leading edge of the hood.
Complaining aside, the article that Paul pointed to describes the way
I've always done it. My father used the same method on his cars,
including a couple that won (admittedly minor) shows. Once the repair
is complete, it's invisible unless you know exactly where to look for
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