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I was coming home today, and in the same spot on the interstate where I ran over a 2x4 that fell off a truck a few weeks back, I ran over a piece of metal strapping. (The black 1" wide sheet metal strips that's used to secure stuff like lumber together, etc.)<p>I was following close behind the car in front of me cause it was traffic time, and voosh from under that car comes about 10 feet of strapping. I swerved to the left to try to avoid it, but it still clipped the right side of my car and I ran over it.<p>Got home, and I have quite a few slash marks on the bottom piece (below the fog's), and about a 1/2 inch long gouge taken out from the piece between the fogs and headlamps. And now in all the slashed/gouged areas, its black (the plastic is black I guess) - so it went straight through the clearcoat, paint, primer, and took a hunk of the plastic with it.<p>Is there anything I could to do reduce the appearance of the cuts? I'm thinking I'll just peel off the flaking plastic and get a touch up paint pen shipped from Boston Volvo or something, and just try to make it look as good as possible. Sound reasonable?<BR><BR>
<i>Modified by vivek9856 at 9:44 AM 4-20-2009</i>
 

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Re: Paint Scratch / Cut (vivek9856)

Hey Vivek,<p>The touch-up pen runs about $15 bucks plus an additional ~$10 for shipping from BVV. It <B>might</B> be cheaper just dropping by your local dealership and getting it there unless you are picking up other parts from BVV. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Paint Scratch / Cut (LiLaZnDJBoY)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>LiLaZnDJBoY</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Hey Vivek,<p>The touch-up pen runs about $15 bucks plus an additional ~$10 for shipping from BVV. It <B>might</B> be cheaper just dropping by your local dealership and getting it there unless you are picking up other parts from BVV. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Thanks for the info! I was wondering how much they were. But I do plan on getting a cabin air filter from them too (Once I get instructions on how to change it <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> ) and doing that. <p>However, I'm starting to think the damage might be worse than a touch up pen's job. I'm afraid that I might make things look worse after the pen. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0"> In a few months, I might just take my car to a friend's body shop and have him fix the bumper (maybe putty up some of the nicks and repaint them properly?), fix up the curb rash on my 3 rims, and take out the door dings. Might be a few hundred bucks, but it might be worth it.
 

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Re: Paint Scratch / Cut (hopetonbrown)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>hopetonbrown</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Touch up paint always looks like ass. Don't do it.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>So true!
 

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Re: Paint Scratch / Cut (vivek9856)

Sounds like what I may have clipped this morning on the way to work. Since there is no turning lane, traffic moved over to the shoulder to get around the backup and I saw what looked like a piece of black rubber belt. I clipped it ever so slightly with the right front tire and then I heard a knock. I hoped it was from the wheel well or underside but when I got to work, noticed about a 1" long paint scratch in the lower rear passenger door which is deep enough to feel the edging around it. A fellow SS member suggested a touch up fill in, wet sanding, and a buffing to smooth it in.
 

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Re: Paint Scratch / Cut (vivek9856)

If you report it to your Insurance company, make sure you tell them it came off the truck as you were following it. It will be covered under your comprehensive. If you tell them that it was laying on the road and you ran over it, it is then a collision and you were not traveling at a safe enough speed to avoid it. Just a little tip I have learned over the years.
 

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Re: Paint Scratch / Cut (ImInPA)

Ohh - good tip. <p>But it was lying on the road. I just happened to be tailgating the person in front of me and couldn't avoid it. lol.
 
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