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I USED AN OLD SCRUBY TO GET THE BUGS OFF AND ENDED UP WITH SCRATCHES IN THE CLEAR COAT ON THE HOOD AND FRONT BUMPER!

HELP!!! I LOVE MY 2004, BLACK WITH TAN INTERIOR!!
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Do a search here under "light scratching" or "scratch" and you'll turn up a thread with suggestions. Following suggestions in that thread, I started with Scratch-X and it does dull/hide some scratching but not remove them.

Anyhow, experts weighed in if you search above.

'04 Silver base; 41,000 miles; mileage when outside temps are cold (low 40s); mileage above 45F (low 50s). June 05: 54mpg; July 05: about 52 mpg..51 mpg thru summer and still about 50 mpg in early November.

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Here's that thread:

https://www.priusonline.com/viewtopic.ph ... scratching

Good luck!

'04 Silver base; 41,000 miles; mileage when outside temps are cold (low 40s); mileage above 45F (low 50s). June 05: 54mpg; July 05: about 52 mpg..51 mpg thru summer and still about 50 mpg in early November.

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Another poster on priusonline turned me onto this site which has the best info from people who are way into their cars and professional detailers who post. I've been scouring this site for any questions I have regarding the paint or detailing:

http://forums.roadfly.com/forums/detailing/


Black is really tough because, as you know, any scratches readily show... Start with the less abrasive of scratch removers and if that doesn't work, move onto a slightly more abrasive scratch remover.

You can always go to a professional detailer and have them take the scratches out if you don't feel comfortable doing it yourself. And, ask them how to avoid scratching it in the future

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Depending on how deep the scratches are, you may be able to use some wax to smooth them over. I get some swirl marks on mine after frequent washings and paste wax cleans it up well.

Mine is also black with tan interior.

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I have a Black 04 that I bought certified used and it had isn't fair of swirls all over. I bit the bullet and bought a complete polish set since I have 3 cars and like to take care of all of them. The whole thing set me back $260 with proper polishes. Here is the link plus the website has a bunch of how tos to handle different paint promblems. http://www.autopia-carcare.com/son-sfxpol-kit.html

and here is a pic of mine after the full treatment.

http://img186.echo.cx/my.php?image=20048gu.png

picture is all that great i have a couple but they are 2 megs each and i don't have a place to host them.
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