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Old 05-29-2013, 04:17 PM
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Budget body repair tricks & tips

I got into a fender bender a few months back and thought I'd share what I did to lessen the damage. These are just some things you can do to kinda make it less noticeable if you plan on not getting it repaired properly or if it's going to be like this for quite some time.

So first some before pics - not that great:

Scuffed the bumper real bad and bent it out of shape a bit, punched a hole in the marker light, and creased/dented the fender.

So me being super cheap a piece of packing tape from the warehouse fixed the hole in the marker light to keep water out. I'll eventually order a new corner marker or upgrade to 05+ lights.

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Now chrome is a very forgiving metal coating. As long as the damage you do is purely cosmetic you can bring it back to just about pristine condition. All you need is some super fine (#0000) steel wool. It muust be the super fine grade or else you'll make things worse.

Yes!! Steel wool - this stuff:

Attack those scuff marks with generous amounts of elbow grease in a circular motion. Keep it tight as you will need to go over the scuffs quite a bit before they start to come out but it's quite doable:

see? Shiny.....

If however you actually scratch the chrome down to bare metal you'll need to cover it up. Steelwool the scuffs out then hit the scratches with clear nailpolish or paint. If you don't it will begin to rust and it's a pain after that to keep the rust back after that.

Paint damage: For paint damage hit the affected area with rubbing compound first. Rubbing compound is pretty much like sandpaper in a wax. It will knock down heavy scuff marks and scratching. Wipe off when done applying, then go back with a polishing compound. Polishing compound is a finer grade and will blend everything together. Wipe off the polishing compound. Use touch up paint if need be and let it dry. go easy since most touchup brushes like to lay it on thick.

Once you're all done with that apply your choice of car wax.

Personally I use the Turtle Wax stuff for compound, other companies are available:

Add a sticker if you feel like it when you're done.

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Old 08-04-2013, 06:13 PM
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What is the paint code on your truck? My 04 is this color also but cant seem to get color to match after replacing bedsides. Went by the code in the door jam but the metallic is totally different.
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Old 08-05-2013, 09:39 AM
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Looks great! The sticker is what really sets it off have you ever tried the turtle wax scratch remover kit? I have a long scratch on the box of my truck but its only as deep as the clear coat and I want to find some way to get it to match the rest of the paint again. I have tried polishing compound put that doesn't seem to help me at all.
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