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Bloody awful day, and now going to cost me a fortune!

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NoNarnas Wed 13-Jun-18 16:48:56

Awful day, tantruming toddler all day, feel awful myself, house a constant tip, no energy to do anything, and just been one of those rubbish days.

Then I thought I would clean the car. Couldn’t get the little black bits of black bugs off so I thought I would use a gentle sponge scouter. Didn’t notice the damage I was doing till it dried. Safe to say one side of my car needs a total respray. I feel so stupid, and upset. Now uncontrollable sobbing about everything while trying to stop a toddler from throwing himself off the sofa.

I don’t have thousands to pay for the paint job so it’s going to look hideous for ages. Why can I never have anything nice.

BWatchWatcher Wed 13-Jun-18 16:49:47

Halfords sells cans of car paint if that helps?

swimmerlab Wed 13-Jun-18 16:50:17

Try buffing it with some T-cut, thee scratches may polish out.

Cuttingthegrass Wed 13-Jun-18 16:50:27

I feel your pain. I turned one side of my red car pink first time I used the power washer on it

xyzandabc Wed 13-Jun-18 16:50:52

Have you tried T-cut or similar high quality polish? Works wonders with scratches and would be worth a try first to save a whole respray.

KioraAdora Wed 13-Jun-18 16:51:57

They might buff out.

Rocinante1 Wed 13-Jun-18 16:52:21

Get buffing with T-cut. That's what it's for.

bridgetosomewhere Wed 13-Jun-18 16:53:05

Oh no! I did that to my new front door, it looks awful, came from Norway with custom paint to match the windows so it’s not an easy fix.

The car Should be ok with T-cut, try that first?

And for next time you get stuff you squirt on and leave for a few mins and it dissolves the bugs and tar spots then you sponge or jet wash off.

AsAProfessionalFekko Wed 13-Jun-18 16:53:46

Another vote for Tcut. Gently though!

justbinthefeckinbyebyebox Wed 13-Jun-18 16:54:26

I keep my car quite dirty because of same problem NoNarnas,
it's covered in scratches from previous owner, dealer didn't wash it,
that's how I didn't notice!
It's black, so looks really bad!!! But black car polish is very good,
if not hard work, but looks better for a while!!!

And I also feel that I cannot have anything nice, shiny and new!!!

NoNarnas Wed 13-Jun-18 16:55:01

I’ve tried T cut but it isn’t making a difference!

The car had Diamond Bright on it so I think I’ve taken off the layer of that.

I will get some quotes later in the week but I just can’t afford to do anything about it right now. The car is on PCP so it has to be fixed!

GreatDuckCookery Wed 13-Jun-18 16:55:11

Yes to T cut scratch remover from Halfords.
Sorry your day has been so shit OP.
Make yourself a cup of tea and take a breather cake

EspressoButler Wed 13-Jun-18 16:55:12

^^ t cut. It got a huge red scrape off a white hire car, that I thought would cost me a ££££ excess.

GreatDuckCookery Wed 13-Jun-18 16:55:45

Oh x post.

AsAProfessionalFekko Wed 13-Jun-18 16:56:02

You need to put on about 3 lots and buff it gently.

Isadora2007 Wed 13-Jun-18 16:57:50

We all make mistakes. And it probably doesn’t need to be fixed any time soon so you could save gradually and get it done later.
Don’t beat yourself up or cry any more- it’s a car, you were trying to do a good thing and it went wrong. Chin up. flowers

theunsure Wed 13-Jun-18 17:01:11

Please don’t try and fix it yourself!!

DH does the vehicle inspecting for end of finance cars, you get billed more to fix a poor repair than you do for the scratches in the first place.

Either get it repaired properly or leave it alone. You should see the huge bills DH has to dish out to people who bodge it. Honestly, don’t.

NoNarnas Wed 13-Jun-18 17:01:38

Thanks everyone. The car had a scratch down one side from someone in a car park so I knew at some point I would have to sort that, but wasn’t expecting such a big job.

I’ve got a friend who is in to his cars and has an electric polisher so he is going to see what he thinks to it.

Sammyham Wed 13-Jun-18 17:12:19

T-cut and a bit of elbow grease will buff those scratches out easily. Deep breathes and maybe get your self a G&T or whatever for later and have a relaxing evening, tomorrows a new day

frasier Wed 13-Jun-18 17:14:27

I was once run off the road into a hedge and scratched one side of the vehicle. Tcut sorted it quite well.

MumofBoysx2 Wed 13-Jun-18 17:26:26

You need wine and the number of a local scratch-taker-outerer. Hope you have a better day tomorrow flowers

Lovemusic33 Wed 13-Jun-18 17:28:20

I did this to my car, the car I had always wanted and had saved for. Took a scourer to it to remove the bugs and removed a lot more than the bugs 😟 There are some good polishes out there that will make it look better or you could look at a re spray but if it’s the whole car it will cost a fortune.

lhastingsmua Wed 13-Jun-18 17:29:50

Could you post a pic of the damage? Then posters could better advise if it’s worth trying to sort it yourself or not

bunbunny Wed 13-Jun-18 17:32:17

is the diamond bright thing you mentioned a layer that's supposed to protect your car? Doesn't that usually come with some sort of guarantee?

Is it worth contacting them and saying that their layer has failed, that you needed to polish your car as the bugs didn't come off as you were expecting and now look what has happened to their supposedly impenetrable layer that isn't supposed to need polishing and can't scratch... There's a chance that you might get it covered on their guarantee - has to be worth a shot...

AsAProfessionalFekko Wed 13-Jun-18 17:38:46

I'm good at fixing bloody scratches. Let's see a photo then (cracks knuckles and gets out the Tcut and rubber gloves...)

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