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post #1 of 19 Old 01-06-2017, 04:04 PM Thread Starter
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Is this scratch removable?

I posted this on Reddit, but decided to try out the forums as well. I recently got a 2017 Accord Sport in Obsidian Blue Pearl and my grandfather managed to scratch it. He filled up my gas tank, but I'm certain he didn't know the gas cap dangles down due to the cord (I'll probably cut the cord attachment). Thus, this scratch formed on my paint. I haven't ran my finger against it, but I'm hoping it isn't deep. Any ideas on how to tackle this? I know I sound very OCD about a scratch, but I've owned this car for a week and it's my first new car. P.S. I'm sorry if the picture isn't clear, I can post a better one if needed.

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First, Welcome to the forum!

Second, Cut Grandpa some slack. Did you thank him for filling the tank?

Third, since there isn't any metal in the cap (do 2017's have metal in the cap?) it probably is just a clearcoat "mar" rather than a deep scratch.
You could probably get away with a little car polish.


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Thanks for the welcome, I hope to be active in the forums! I know he didn't mean to scratch the car, so I wasn't too crazy about it. Secondly, I was very thankful for a full tank (especially being in California) haha. The gas cap is plastic, so maybe you're right about how it's just a mark in the clearcoat. Thanks so much for the advice!
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Thanks for the welcome, I hope to be active in the forums! I know he didn't mean to scratch the car, so I wasn't too crazy about it. Secondly, I was very thankful for a full tank (especially being in California) haha. The gas cap is plastic, so maybe you're right about how it's just a mark in the clearcoat. Thanks so much for the advice!
Unfortunately the clear coat really is that easy to mar
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Yeah, jump over to maintenance and detailing section here for ideas.....start with the LEAST abrasive stuff and use a dime-sized dot of it- it may just buff out with that and a terry-cloth.
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I'm not a professional detailer but I learned a lot about it, I bought a great polisher and I experimented on my car.

If you run your fingernail over the scratch, does the scratch catch your fingernail? I've read countless threads about scratches and they all ask that question. If the scratch doesn't catch your fingernail, it can probably be buffed out. And even if the scratch catches your fingernail, buffing can reduce the appearance of the scratch.

If I were you, I'd find a great detailer and ask them what they can do. Good detailers are careful. They take corrective actions AND minimize the amount of clearcoat they take off. Sometimes it's a trade-off. For really bad scraches, they often won't try to take it out completely because it would require taking off too much clearcoat. Worst case, they can always wet sand it, but that's a bigger job and probably not appropriate for a small scratch like that on a new car.
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He filled up my gas tank, but I'm certain he didn't know the gas cap dangles down due to the cord (I'll probably cut the cord attachment).
This doesn't address your scratch but check to see if you have a cradle on the filler door. If you have the cradle, just slip the gas cap in it whenever you fill up. I have attached some pictures of my car to illustrate what I'm talking about. It may save you from cutting the cord and also prevent future scratches.
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This doesn't address your scratch but check to see if you have a cradle on the filler door. If you have the cradle, just slip the gas cap in it whenever you fill up. I have attached some pictures of my car to illustrate what I'm talking about. It may save you from cutting the cord and also prevent future scratches.
I had no clue that even existed...
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I had no clue that even existed...
The guys that sell the cars don't know it exists! How do I know that? The dealership I bought my 2010 Civic from gave me a free fill up post purchase. So me and the salesman go to the corner gas station. He opens the cap and carefully rests it against the fender. So I say, "Dude, check this out.", and I place the cap in the cradle. He turned a little red from embarrassment. But he learned something about the cars he sells that day, lol!

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Wow... I can't even...

I'll have to look for the cradle on all my cars now.

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If you are that anal about the paint on your car (I am), get paint protection film on the front end, and ceramic coat the rest of the car. Ceramic coating will not prevent all scratches, but it greatly reduces the chance of a minor scratch like that.
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I posted this on Reddit, but decided to try out the forums as well. I recently got a 2017 Accord Sport in Obsidian Blue Pearl and my grandfather managed to scratch it. He filled up my gas tank, but I'm certain he didn't know the gas cap dangles down due to the cord (I'll probably cut the cord attachment). Thus, this scratch formed on my paint. I haven't ran my finger against it, but I'm hoping it isn't deep. Any ideas on how to tackle this? I know I sound very OCD about a scratch, but I've owned this car for a week and it's my first new car. P.S. I'm sorry if the picture isn't clear, I can post a better one if needed.
Buffing out a scratch implies wearing away the clear coat surrounding the scratch until it evens out. Do you really want to wear away more paint? The first scratch always hurts the most, but it is part of owning a car.

I’ve had great success hiding minor scratches with Color Magic Polish. You buy the wax/polish that matches your paint color, blue in your case. Wipe it on, let it dry and wipe it off. It will fill in the scratch and lasts for several months depending on how often you wash your car. It does no damage to your car. The wax/polish is quite spectacular too. It provides a super deep and protective shine.

If this does not work, my next step would be touch up paint applied with a toothpick.

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I had to go out and check my gas cap door. I was not aware of the cradle for the gas cap!
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I'll just leave this here
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Probably but without a repaint it won't be perfect. You could sand it out, then carefully touch it up, then blend it in. You'll still be able to see it when you look real close but it won't stand out.


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