I would also be careful with buffing. Our element got some scratches on the plastic when we took it into Honda for service. So the dealership said they could remove the scratches. Whoever did the work must have used a buffer and now we have some smooth spots on the plastic. In one spot, it even looks like they held the buffer in one spot too long and it begane to melt the plastic.
They are now going to order us a new fender and front end.
[quote:b8fe6028f4="MrCLoWnY"]Forget fixing the scratch... You can body the panel for around 60 dollars.... Just change the whole thing... Thats what im going to do if i ever get a big enough scratch that would bug me...[/quote:b8fe6028f4]
Funny you should say that. I was just talking to someone and I realized that if i got in an accident, or did any kind of damage to the exterior plastic, that I could replace it pretty cheap. NO PAINTED PANELS exist where most damage can occur!
Don't use a buffer! It makes things worse. You can use a mild solvent like paint thinner or mineral spirits. Some have used lacquer thinner but I think thats too strong. Apply sparingly with a cloth.
To hide deeper scratches or scuffs I use Mothers Back to Black. Some people use this directly to begin with. When Back to Black eventually wears off the scratch may reappear so I start with the solvent. You'll notice water will not remove scratches. Cheaper and simpler than repainting. :wink: