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 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 at 18:14
  • So the answer is...paint it?
    – Huesmann
    Apr 6 at 20:09

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.


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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