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Hi guys. Just recently purchased my Rover 45 MK1 in Starlight Silver and it has a couple of bruises I'd like to repair.

First and most annoying one is this little dent in the front passenger door:



Could I maybe push that out from the inside? Or is it a bigger job...

Also have a couple of light scratches like this:



What's the best thing for that? I've heard good things about Scratch-X but never used it...

Finally, there's quite a few stone chips on the bonnet:



Would any kind of scratch remover touch these or should I just source a new bonnet? I'd rather not have to break out the rattle cans as I have nowhere suitable to do it.

Thanks guys! Would really like to smarten these bits up as it's in excellent condition other than these marks.
 

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The dent doesn't look like it will push out perfectly due to being where it is. It looks like a sharp crease next to the plastic trim, I doubt that would come out.

However it could be improved, I don't think you'd get good access from the back although you could have a look. I'd personally have a dent specialist like Dent Devils take a look, they are very good and it saves you making it worse.


If you can't feel the scratches they will polish out. Scratch X is very good and easily available.

The stone chips will need touching in, or ideally the bonnet resprayed.


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Thanks guys.

Car just went for MOT this morning and when it was up in the air I noticed a couple more dents in the passenger door... it might be better to put a new door on there, if they won't come out easily.

I've gone and bought some scratch x this afternoon so I'll have a play with that tomorrow :D

Also, how much should I be looking at for a bonnet respray do you think?
 

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Chris,

Scratch X gets some good reviews like the others have said.

For your door, i'd let a bodyshop look at it. No doubt the door will be immaculate when you get it back. I think they'd manage a more than acceptable repair for less than a hundred.

As for your bonnet, I read on this forum that you can use the Color Magic fluid to fill the scratches somewhat, then seal it with lacquer. I'm not too sure about that method.
I think most people would use a touch up pen and then try to polish it for a better finish.

My car has a few rust scabs and I need to get cracking with them.

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Cheers, I'll have to try touch up pens I think... I've never found them to get a good colour match before. I'll give it a go though, and the car needs a good polish anyway :).

I'll have to find a decent body repair place, the last one I found wanted £800 to do the arches on my 200 :yikes:
 

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The best option for your bonnet really is a re spray, a touch up pen is good for the odd chip but a large area covered in chips is just too obvious.

It is possible to wet sand the touched up chips flat again and polish, but that is a skill and time consuming.


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Right, did some cleaning and polishing today, spent about 3.5 hours on it!

A couple of befores and afters with the scratches:





using scratch x











Basically rinsed, washed, rinsed, dried, applied scratchx to any obvious marks, used megs paint cleaner, then machine polish with super resin polish and buffed off.

Think it came out pretty well..

Don't think I'll be able to fix that door, and there's a huge number of stone chips on the front, but I have ordered some chipex to touch up the paint, thanks for that suggestion :)

I also found a bin bag on the bottom of my radiator which I think the previous owner might have used to protect from stones... no idea where he drove it every day but it must have had a lot of grit/gravel!

Still gotta go back outside and clean my engine now... o_o
 

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All the surface scratches that I could see... the bonnet ones are far too deep for ScratchX so I'm waiting for the chipex to turn up. That should take a while to do ;).

Just been outside again spending 1.5 hours cleaning my engine bay. Will put up some piccies once my phone has more charge.
 

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Spent some more time cleaning the engine bay... it's addictive :D. I'm realising that I didn't wax the car after polishing with SRP, so I need to wash it again and apply wax I'm guessing.

Can anyone recommend a good wax to use? Ideally something easy to apply because I don't get much time on the parents drive ;).

Also, would I get a much deeper shine if I clay it at some point? Thanks.
 

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Amazing stuff, apply it right, it will last 6 months+

But your car has to be spanking clean before you do it as it seals your paint work.. Crazy stuff, haven't found anything as good yet..

So sort all your scratches first, wash it again, polish it again with SRP, then wax it will collinite and it will be protected for agesssss...

Easy to apply, just rub your applicator pad across the wax and apply it in small circular motions like you would with any polish but do the whole car and leave it to cure (will go proper white) then buff it off..

You'll be amazed.. Specially when it rains, the beading is immense, I love the stuff, wouldnt use anything else..

The pot will last you years also :lol: Iv had mine a year and iv used about 1cm off the top :lol:

I got this one..

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Collinite...ssories_Car_Care_Cleaning&hash=item51924b5d7f

Because it came with a free microfibre cloth and the applicator.. Well worth the money :)
 

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Thanks chaz, I hope you're right about that stuff as I'm just about to buy some ;D.

On the engine I used gunk engine degreaser spray, a watering can (no hose/pressure washer access), cheap turtlewax shampoo in hot water, a spare asda special wash mitt, an alloy wheel brush to get into the difficult spots, and an old shirt to wipe off the dirt.

That's what I used before taking those pics anyway. Yesterday I went and got some autoglym engine and machine cleaner and that stuff is amazing compared to the Gunk. Took stuff off with a quick wipe that I couldn't do before with a hard brushing.

I'll take some more pics later after I've given it a blast with a jet wash (non delicate areas only) with liberal amounts of that auto glym stuff. I also put some auto glym vinyl and rubber care on it to make the blacks shine (not in the pics).

For the battery terminals I used a spark plug brush, lots of wd-40 and kitchen roll to wipe clean. Sometimes use fine sandpaper if the terminals are really bad. Always does the trick ;).
 
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