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When Buffing Compound Lets You Down

Time for the chisel-point Sharpie!

No, I am not kidding. I spent some time this afternoon working over the scratches around the front door lock on my car with buffing compound and a microfiber cloth. No effect was detectable. I then spent a much more productive hour Sharpieing in the scuffed areas on my left front fender.

Kind of a pleasant way to spend a sunny afternoon, actually.

I could write a How-To on proper Sharpie technique at this point. (Repetitive, overlapping, short downward strokes, moving from one side of the scuffed area to the other. Do not attempt to color in a large area, as with a crayon: that won't build up the necessary depth of color. Let dry, and then go over any pale areas again, as necessary.)

My car is in good shape, but I had an unfortunate encounter with a concrete column in a parking garage a while back. Not enough damage to warrant replacing the fender, but noticeable scuffing.

The obvious next question would be (in my father's voice): "Think carefully before you answer, NP: where did you get this idea?" It was suggested by one of the management team at my company, actually. I figured if it was good enough for a fellow who buys new cars single-digit numbers of years apart, it was good enough for me.


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Mar. 12th, 2012 02:53 am (UTC)
I know the sharpie trick well. I've even used it to salvage my daughter's mary janes. It's the next best thing to a magic eraser for making ugly shite go away.
Mar. 13th, 2012 12:06 am (UTC)
I wish they made Sharpies an inch wide! (Maybe they do!)
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