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Is there anyway that I can make this scratch look less visible?

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Metal Buffing/polishing can help a great deal and maybe fix it.

If that doesn't resolve it to your satisfaction, you can use very fine grit sandpaper (800-3000); anything more aggressive will probably be noticeable and actually make things worse. Going to finer grits will make it more shiny as well, so you might need to stop at a coarser grit to match existing shine or go to a slightly finer grit if 3000 doesn't get it close.

  1. Wipe it down with a clean cloth and sand with 800 grit
  2. Wipe it down with a clean cloth and sand with 1500 grit
  3. Wipe it down with a clean cloth and sand with 3000 grit
  4. Polish with aluminum polish
  5. Buff with a clean cloth
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    The only thing I can say about your method is, I think the aluminum is brushed, not polished. If you go through and polish it, you'll have "bright" spots in the aluminum which won't match the rest of the aluminum. Apr 6, 2023 at 17:28
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    Personally, I think any DIY attempt to re-brush brushed aluminium will just leave a patch the size of the attempted fix that you'll be able to see from 80 yards.
    – Tetsujin
    Apr 6, 2023 at 18:14
  • So the answer is...paint it?
    – Huesmann
    Apr 6, 2023 at 20:09
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Turtle Wax 53836 Hybrid Solutions Scratch Repair Kit

3-pk Squeegee

Using a squeegee, apply only the Clear-Coat Fill & Seal (from the Turtle Wax Kit) to the scratches. While it is still wet, remove any excess clear coat filler using a cloth dipped in acetone. Allow to dry and apply a second coat, if necessary, so that you cannot feel any scratches with your fingernail. If the end result is a bit too shinny, rub the scratches gently with a pencil eraser or #0000 steel wool.

Throughout the process, be precise enough to treat only the scratch. Avoid the idea that you will overlap the scratch with filler/rubbing and somehow "blend" into the surrounding area. In my experience, that method usually leads to an amateur result at best and a nasty mess at worst.

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The only thing you can do is cover it up with a decal. It will be visible through paint. I hope you got insurance money because that looks to be a couple grand in damage.

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