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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-22-2018 Thread Starter
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really small dent on hood/deep paint scratch. any suggestions on repair?

I washed my mustang today, I noticed a white streak I couldn't wash off. I realized it was a deep scratch, but on closer inspection, whatever scratched the hood made a very small dent where it scratched. any ideas on repairs? we're talking really small but still noticeable if you're looking for it.

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Photo would be helpful.



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A few pictures from earlier. Tried to get an angle where you could see the small dimple
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That's a tough one. I would try to build up the area, using several coats of touch up paint. Buff it after the coats are dry, and finish with some clear coat. Try to restrict all your efforts to the affected area. Otherwise, you will only make the area worse.

You can also get an estimate from a dentless repair service.


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I will take some exception to the above advise.......


1st, if you can see a deviation in the body panel, I would contact a paintless dent repair person who can easily massage the panel back where it belongs eliminating all visual defects.


then, with the panel raised back to original height/plane, engage in paint repair which might only require a polish or if the scratch has penetrated below the clear coat or the through the base coat (color), then apply paint correction procedures....it will come out flawlessly!

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I would contact a paintless dent repair person who can easily massage the panel back where it belongs eliminating all visual defects.
Depends on where the dent is on the hood. I had a similar situation from a rock thrown by another car hitting my hood (but the dent was more pronounced). The paintless dent company could not get their tools to the dent since it was where the upper and lower skins were sandwiched together. If the dent had been 2” to the right they could have repaired it. Wound up having to have the dent filled and the hood repainted.

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Let us know what you decided to do.

With my lack of auto body repair skills, my general approach for my daily drivers is to mask these one-off defects until I need a full panel repair and repaint.

A couple months ago I had a minor brush with a deer that did minor damage to the corner of the hood in addition to breaking the headlight and buckling the front corner of the fender too. The repair required the hood be repainted so I paid out of pocket to remove some hood rot on the leading edge and repair some dents and scratches like you have. The extra out of pocket for labor amounted to $350.

I have a 2012 in black, so its relatively easy to mask very minor rock and sand nicks using a Black Sharpie. Especially on the front bumper cover. The point is, be creative if you don't have the resources or skills to handle the damage right away.

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